Friday December 2, 2016 - @ - Parsons VFW 5:30 PM - Bring a Friend.
Two new events are planned for this year. Make plans to be a part of the 50/50 all CASH raffle. Secondly bring a non-perishable food item for a free ticket and chance to win a door prize. All donated food items will go to area food banks.
Everyone is welcome at this SKIL Holiday Event.
Starting at 5:30 PM at the Parsons VFW 101 East Main Parsons.
Some of the fun things we have planned are:
SKIL is a multi-faceted independent living center headquartered in Parsons, with branch offices in Chanute, Columbus, Fredonia, Independence, Pittsburg and Sedan. For more information, call 1-800-688-5616 or stop by any SKIL office.
Parenting with Disabilities
-- November 29, 2016
In This Issue:
- Story: Blind Parents See Child Taken Away
- By the Numbers: Parental Rights and Parents with Disabilities
- Go Deeper: Buck v. Bell
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Story: Blind Parents See Child Taken Away
Parenting is a challenge for all of us. It can be even more daunting for people with disabilities. But whether they are affected by injury, disease, or birth abnormality, the greatest disability these parents face is that of our legal system to respect their rights to parent their child.
Fortunately, this is one disability that we can solve if we work together.
In 2010 the National Federation of the Blind went to work on behalf of a Missouri couple whose daughter had been taken at birth because both parents are blind. According to an NFB release, “The sole reason given by Missouri’s Department of Social Services [for the child’s removal] was that the couple was blind and could not properly care for Mikaela without the assistance of a sighted person twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week.”
There was no accusation of abuse or neglect, and no wrongful intent of any kind on the part of the parents.
Thankfully, NFB’s involvement led the state of Missouri to drop the case and return the baby to her parents that July. By then, the girl was two months old.
NFB President Gary Wunder in the release lamented, “We can never give back the two months this family has lost, nor can we restore to [mother] Erika the joy of nursing her child that this separation has made impossible. What we can do is use their adversity to change the system that allowed this atrocity and educate the people who have mistakenly equated blindness with a lack of perception, intellect, and judgment.”
We are proud to partner with NFB in our efforts to pass the Parental Rights Amendment. Together we will ensure that “parental rights…shall not be denied or abridged on account of disability.”
On this installment of "Resource Central," host Joe Reinecker talks with Marcee Binder, who is the executive director and pastor at Wesley House in Pittsburg, Kansas. Wesley House provides food pantry services and a daytime homeless shelter to those in need. Here Marcee discusses the program, services offered by Wesley House, and what her role in the program is. Wesley House is located at 411 E. 12th Street in Pittsburg and can be contacted at (620) 232-3760.
On this week's episode of "Resource Central," host Joe Reinecker talks with Carrie Greenwood. Greenwood is the coordinator at the Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy. She discusses the non-profit organization and its goal to educate, mentor, and support disabled youth to becoming an integral part of their communities.