Brandon Nivens, with SKILmedia, talks with Chanute native Stephen Busby about issues regarding proposed changes for Direct Service Workers and persons with disabilities at the state level. Stephen discusses his own personal experiences with nursing homes and receiving services to help him maintain a high quality of life. Mr. Busby also asks that persons with disabilities get out and vote. Together the state can feel the power of the disability vote.
Hear it Friday mornings on the SKILmedia Radio Network. Max FM 93.5, U-Rock 99.1 FM, Fox Sports 1340 AM, or Katy Country 1540 AM.
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The CRO of H.O.P.E. has struck a deal with the Parsons Pizza Hut for a fundraiser.
All day Thursday, Oct. 2, those bringing this voucher to the restaurant will have a percentage of their purchase donated to the CRO of H.O.P.E. to help fund its various events and activities.
By Greg Wintle, HCBS I/DD Program Manager
On Friday, KDADS mailed out 100 offers of services to persons for the HCBS-I/DD program. Click here to see a copy of the notice that was sent to each person.
As you will see, persons have two weeks to respond to the offer and they can respond either by returning the completed form or by calling our office.
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation's Public Policy Fellowship Program accepting applications for 2014-15
The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking exemplary professionals, and/or persons experiencing disability and/or family members of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are currently working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for an intensive one-year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C.
The purpose of the Fellowship is to prepare both early career and more seasoned leaders to assume leadership in the public policy arena in their home state and/or nationally.
The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week."
In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
The Crawford County SKIL Customer Appreciation Picnic was featured on KOAM News Wednesday night.
Natalie Bruggeman, who raised $500 for the Everybody Plays accessible playground, and Pittsburg HS theatre teacher Greg Shaw, who directed a social issues play about autism last year, were recognized for their efforts.
The 15th Anniversary of Olmstead video compilation is a Department of Justice/Department of Health & Human Services tribute to the dedicated and brave individuals who have brought to life the Olmstead decision's promise of community integration for people with disabilities.
The video features images and live interviews from disability rights advocates, including Sue Jamieson, the lead attorney in the Olmstead case, and people with disabilities who live independently and fully participate in their communities.
Independent Living Coordinator Lou Ann Colyer of the Pittsburg SKIL office was recently selected to serve on a Pittsburg city advisory board and also learned she has been recognized with a state advocacy award.
Colyer will be part of the recently-seated, seven-member City of Pittsburg Active Transportation Advisory Board. She also was nominated for the Michael Lechner Advocacy Award and one of three Kansans selected to be honored.
Colyer is in her 10th year working for the SKIL Resource Center, and is in her ninth year as an independent living coordinator with the organization.
According to information from the city, the Active Transportation Advisory Board will, “Promote and encourage safe bicycling and walking to further Pittsburg’s goal of being a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly city.”
The main focus of the board will be, “Pittsburg’s interest to increase the safe usage of bicycle and pedestrian facilities as a significant and beneficial mode of transportation and recreation.”
- SEK AT takes the challenge
- Nation’s 911 System inching towards greater accessibility
- Obama signs Autism Act Renewal
- Education Advocate Training coming to Pittsburg Nov. 18
- Congratulations to Jon Greenfeather & Karen Baker -- iPad winners
- The Sheila Miller MS Bike Team is in training!
- Protecting America’s Wounded Warriors -- Not a choice, an obligation
- HS students with disabilities could qualify for Career Tech Education program