Southeast Kansas Assistive Technology takes the ALS ice bucket challenge.
A new federal rule is paving the way for 911 services to become more accessible for people with disabilities.
The Federal Communications Commission will require all wireless carriers and certain other applications that allow users to send text messages to facilitate text-to-911 services by the end of the year under a rule adopted earlier this month.
The offering is considered to be of particular benefit for those who are nonverbal or have hearing disabilities as well as people with speech and other communication difficulties.
With little fanfare, President Barack Obama signed a reauthorization of the nation’s primary autism legislation that includes more than a billion dollars in federal funding for the developmental disorder.
Signed on Friday, the law calls for $260 million annually through 2019 for autism research, prevalence tracking, screening, professional training and other initiatives.
Nearly 800 children in DCF or JJA custody are in need of someone to represent them in special education matters. This free training is for birth parents, resource parents, DCF contracted agency workers, and volunteers.
Current education advocates would also benefit from this training as the reauthorized law will be presented. Proof of attendance and 5.5 hours of continuing education credit is available for case managers and resource parents.
This training is provided by Families Together, Inc. through a contract with the Kansas State Department of Education. (Individuals, including resource parents, who are employed by a school district or cooperative that provides educational services may not serve as education advocates for children receiving services in that district. DCF workers are not eligible to serve.)
SKIL Resource Center would like to congratulate Jon Greenfeather and Karen Baker. They each were awarded a new Apple iPad at this year's ADA Celebration at the SKIL office in Parsons.
Jon and Karen expressed a heartfelt thank you as they accepted the new tablets. Jon plans to download some fun games and check out a little web surfing.
He shared, " I just thank SKIL for being there for me when I needed it. And still here for me. And if not, I don't know where I would be."
The next drawing for a pair of iPads is already in the works. Direct Support Workers that use the electronic call-in system and have a accurate time sheet will be eligible to be in the drawing.
Call 800-688-5616 and ask for the Fiscal Agent department if you would like more information.
The next drawing will be at the annual holiday event, "My Home for the Holidays"
Enjoy some photos of the ADA Celebration. Thanks to Skip Smith.
It's that time of year, once again!
Vince, Sharon, John and the rest of the Sheila Miller MS Bike Team 2014 are training for the Kansas City to Lawrence MS Bike Ride.
We hope to raise $20,000 to fund research to find a cure for MS, so future young mothers don't have to suffer like Sheila did.
Perspectives on the need to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)—an international treaty that would help advance the fundamental rights of individuals with disabilities from the United States and throughout the world— is such an opportunity. It would allow the U.S. to participate in formal conversations with over 100 ratified nations about how to effectively implement disability rights legislation.
In essence, it would give us a seat at the table to influence disability policy on a global level. Right now, we are sitting this out.
This disability treaty is personal to me. I have been an advocate of the treaty for years, in large part because I believe it will improve conditions abroad for Americans with disabilities—including a group very close to my heart, wounded veterans. It is important to understand what this treaty does, and does not do.
Career Tech Education is a program that pays for high school juniors and seniors to go to technical schools for up to two years for free if they study in a high demand occupation.
Their high school gets $1000 for every student that successfully graduates or gets their certificate of completion before they graduate from high school.
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