Nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had at least one disability, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report that covered the period 2008 to 2012. Of those 15.7 million people, two-thirds of them say they had difficulty in walking or climbing.
Difficulty with independent living, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping, was the second-most cited disability, followed by serious difficulty in hearing, cognitive difficulty, difficulty bathing or dressing, and serious difficulty seeing.
Dinner was ready and served by Ultimate Choice Catering with live music by Duke Mason to start the evening off.
Nancy Varner had the opening Prayer. And Rep. Rich Proehl welcomed everyone to the annual event.
Lou Ann Kibbee, NCIL President shared how the National Council on Independent Living is working on the behalf of all the people across the United States. She stated the the climate has changed in relation to independent living. "It is vital to get involved. It is time to get real" If you or someone you know is on or waiting on services she encouraged people to get involved at the local, state and national levels. She urged people to use their voices to advocate for Home and Community Based services. "It is not only a legal right but it is the right thing to do."
Annual Awards included:
1. Tom Robinson”Proving By Doing” to Pastor Steve & Gina Fellers – Greg Jones
The evening conlcluded with drawings for door prizes including a 24” LED HDTV donated by The Video Center, Parsons. A DJ and great music was enjoyed by the crowd aas they danced into the evening hours.
This week's Resource Central is hosted by KLKC's Annette Tucker. The Audio Reader Program, based on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, is looking for volunteer readers from the Parsons/Pittsburg area. This week’s edition of Resource Central feature Feloniz Lovato-Winston, the Director of Development, and Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Nigro. They talk about who qualifies for services available through the Audio Reader Program and volunteer opportunities.
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The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to approve a bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.
The Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act passed by a vote of 404 to 17 on Wednesday. The measure will now move to the Senate.
Under current rules, many individuals with disabilities can have no more than $2,000 in assets in order to qualify for needed government benefits. The ABLE Act would dramatically alter that scenario, allowing people with disabilities to establish special accounts at any financial institution where they could save up to $14,000 annually under current gift-tax limitations.
The Community Access Center has been chosen as a participant in Wal-Mart’s “Food Pantry Holiday Makeover” and we need your VOTE!
Seventy-five pantries will each be awarded $20,000 to help with infrastructure and equipment. If the CAC wins, the funds will be utilized for the purchase of a walk-in/reach-in cooler. This will allow for the addition of perishable items to the client choice food pantry.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to notify you of updates made to two Medicare enrollment forms: Form CMS-40B (Application for Enrollment in Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)) and Form CMS-L564 (Request for Employment Information), which is required when a beneficiary is seeking a special enrollment period to enroll in Medicare Part B or premium Part A.
The CMS updated the forms to be more user-friendly by including information about when to use the forms and providing step-by-step instructions to assist Medicare beneficiaries in completing them. Beneficiaries can now obtain the enrollment forms online in English and Spanish, alleviating the need to contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) to obtain the forms by mail or in person.
- Office of Special Educations Programs is seeking feedback
- Health Insurance Marketplace offers tool to help consumers review their plan options for 2015
- Ms. Wheelchair Kansas seeking contestants and nominations
- Kansas Youth Leadership Forum searching for applicants and volunteers
- Medicare Open Enrollment is underway through Dec. 7
- President Obama issues proclamation for Blind Americans Equality Day