Two local legislators are part of a newly created caucus in the state legislature that will focus on helping Kentuckians with disabilities.

Brandon Reed, R-Hodgenville, and Nancy Tate, R-Brandenburg, are members of the Engage and Empower Caucus, which is aimed at dealing with issues Kentuckians with disabilities face. About 874,000 Kentuckians have a disability, according to the Louisville-based Advocacy Action Network.

“We’re trying to shine a light on these individuals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky that are adding value to everyday lives,” Reed, who has cerebral palsy, said in Facebook video.

The caucus will focus on numerous issues, including dyslexia education, a Golden Alert system for the impaired, creating an alert for missing veterans who have a physical or mental health condition known as a Green Alert, a farmer-focused mental health program and insurance fairness for amputees.

Other members of the bipartisan caucus include State Reps. Rocky Adkins, Tina Bojanowski, Charles Booker, Bam Carney, Deanna Frazier, Kathy Hinkle, Savannah Maddox, Michael Mere­dith, Melinda Gibbons Prunty, Rick Rand and Lisa Willner and state Sens. Julie Raque Adams, Jimmy Higdon, Morgan McGarvey and Johnny Ray Turner.

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