by Andy Rausch and Joe Reinecker
Pittsburg Independent Living Coordinator Christina Blair took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk with us about the upcoming Customer Appreciation Picnic and SKIL’s new Pittsburg office.
The annual Pittsburg SKIL picnic will be held on Wednesday, September 19th. The event will last from five to seven p.m. at Lincoln Park (813 Memorial Drive).
Blair said last year’s picnic suffered unusually low attendance due to “poor planning,” as it was inadvertently scheduled on the same date as several other area events. But this year she expects the picnic to be a return to form.
Like last year, the food will be Italian and will be catered from Palluka & Sons, located in nearby Frontenac. There are various games and fun activities planned, such as a photo booth and possibly a ring-toss. At this time speakers for the event are not yet set in stone, but Blair said SKIL is hoping to have Kansas State Representatives Adam Lusker and Monica Murnan there. “They both said they would be there barring anything else popping up,” said Blair.
As usual, the Customer Appreciation Picnic is free and open to all SKIL customers and employees.
“One of the best things about the picnic is the opportunity it gives our customers to get out and be with other people,” said Blair. “A lot of the customers, even though they have workers, are not able to get out of the house every day. They may go for a week without getting out of the house, and a lot of the time when they do get out it’s for things like doctor’s appointments. So I think these picnics are especially good for those people.”
Blair also wanted to make sure customers are aware that the SKIL office in Pittsburg has moved from its previous location to a new one at 216 N. Broadway, suite D. “It’s a little bit hidden, but if you go inside you’ll see signs up,” said Blair.
Blair said the new location was intended to give customers and staff a sort of one-stop-shopping experience as SKIL shares the building with other organizations that might be helpful to customers and staff, such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Kansas Works, and also the Pittsburg Housing Authority.
Voting in Kansas is easier than ever. With advance voting, any registered voter can vote by mail or in person before election day.
- Advance voting application http://kssos.org/forms/elections/AV1.pdf (Español) http://kssos.org/forms/elections/Spanish/AV1%20(Spanish).pdf
- Or contact your county election officer to request an application for an advance voting ballot. http://kssos.org/elections/elections_registration_ceo.asp
- Complete the application and return it to your county election officer.
- You can have your ballot mailed to you starting 20 days before the election.
- You may vote in person in the county election office starting the Tuesday before election day, or up to 20 days before the election, depending on the county.
- All ballots must be post-marked on or before Election Day and received no later than three days after the election.
- Any mailed advance ballot may be hand-delivered to the county election office or any polling place within the county by close of polls on Election Day.
- Sick, disabled or Non-English Proficient voters may receive assistance in applying for and casting advance voting ballots.
Important 2018 Election Advance Voting Dates
- Tuesday, October 16 - Last day to register to vote before the general election.
- Wednesday, October 17 - First day advance ballots are mailed. In person advance voting may begin.
- Tuesday, October 30 - Deadline for voters to apply for advance voting ballots to be mailed for general election.
- Monday, November 5 - Noon deadline to cast advance voting ballots in person in office of county election office.
- Tuesday, November 6 (General Election Day) - Mailed advance voting ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received in the county election office no later than the third day following the election. Advance ballots may be hand-delivered to the county election office or to any polling place within the county by close of polls.
Are you ready to engage in voting rights advocacy for the disability community? The American Association of People with Disabilities’ REV UP (Register, Educate, Vote! Use Your Power) Campaign, in partnership with Disability Organizing Network, is hosting a series of free webinars on election accessibility this fall.
On September 21 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, AAPD and DOnetwork will be hosting Access Barriers to Voter Education Materials. “The webinar will explore how political campaigns, hosts of candidate forums, and election officials can make their materials and information more accessible to people with disabilities. Webinar presenters include the National Council on Independent Living and the Center for Disability Empowerment.” You can register for this webinar at the DOnetwork website.
Stay tuned as other webinars and events are posted, including the next webinar in the series, which will be held in mid-October.
CHRIL (Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living) provides disability stakeholders with accurate, current, accessible and actionable information on how recent changes in health policy affect the community living and integration of working-age adults with disabilities. While the CHRIL devotes significant time to knowledge translation, our research findings to date have not been widely used in disability advocacy efforts.
We do good work and try to get our research findings to disability advocates and policymakers. But our tables and graphs just aren’t enough. That’s why we are starting a new project called “Disability Stories about Health Policy.” The Disabilities Stories Project will help support and contextualize our research findings with personal stories from people with disabilities. This application has been reviewed and approved by the Washington State University Institutional Review Board.
For more information please follow this link: https://www.chril.org/disability-stories-project/