Joe Reinecker and Mary Laskowski Discuss the Power of Love
Summary by Andy Rausch
Today Joe Reinecker talks with Mary Laskowski, Independent Living (IL) Coordinator from the Independence SKIL branch office. Joe and Mary discuss the power that simple love can have in assisting the lives of the disabled.
Mary shares a private remembrance of an incident in November 2010. Mary was suffering from extreme stress, which led to her having a massive seizure and briefly dying. This experience led her to realize the importance of love not only in our own lives but also the lives of those we serve.
Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2016 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy!
This a reminder that Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2016 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy! The ACI summer leadership training prepares Autistic students to create systems change on their college campuses. View and download the application here. Applications are due February 21, 2016.
Accepted applicants will travel to Washington, DC and participate in advocacy training at Gallaudet University from May 28 to June 4, 2016. Participants will acquire valuable skills in community organizing, policy formation, and activism. Travel and lodging are fully covered by ASAN.
Applicants must identify as Autistic and be current college students with at least one year remaining before graduation. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network will cover travel and lodging costs for all ACI students. We especially encourage students of color, LGBT students, students with intellectual disabilities, AAC users, and students from other or multiply marginalized communities to apply.
Changes in the IVR Prompts and Language for Direct Support Workers on January 22, 2016:
The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Prompts and Language will change early January 22, 2016 as follows:
- A Direct Support Worker (DSW), upon entering his/her Worker ID on January 22, 2016, will hear the following prompts:
- To Check In, press 1
- To Check Out, press 2
- For hours worked this week, press 3
- A Direct Support Worker (DSW), at the end of a check-out, will hear:
- You worked ___hours and ___ minutes for employer (client name, if self-direct) OR (agency name, if agency-direct).
- “IDD” will replace “MRDD” and “DD” in AuthentiCare to match current IDD waiver language. “IDD” will be seen in AuthentiCare and in the Mobile App. “IDD” will be heard on the IVR. Please advise all Direct Support Workers they will hear “IDD” as a replacement for “MRDD” or “DD” on January 22, 2016.
- Personal Care Services will replace all attendant care services in AuthentiCare to match current waiver language. On January 22, 2016 this change will be made in AuthentiCare.
- Personal Care Services will be listed as the acronym “PCS” and will be displayed in AuthentiCare and in the Mobile App. “PCS” will be heard on the IVR. Please advise all Direct Support Workers they will hear “PCS” for Personal Care Services early on January 22, 2016. For instance, “FE Level 1 Attendant Care” will be “FE Level 1 PCS.”
The eligibility process for KanCare moved to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on January 1.
At the same time there has been an increase in the number of calls going to the KanCare Clearinghouse, and wait times have increased.
The Clearinghouse number is 1-800-792-4884
It is best to leave them a message and they will respond as soon as possible. If your case is more complicated or urgent, you may send a letter explaining the details.
Please fax your letter to the fax number that is appropriate for your case:
Fax details of cases dealing with families and children to 1-800-498-1255;
Fax details of cases dealing with the elderly and disabled to 1-844-264-6285.
Thank you for your patience.
Angela de Rocha
Director of Communications
Office of the Secretary
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
785 806-7482 Cell
Or visit our website at www.kdads.ks.gov