Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC)
Provides policy recommendations to the State of Kansas on changes to laws, regulations and programs that affect people with disabilities. The Commission focuses its efforts on reducing barriers to employment for people with disabilities through many activities at the government and local and community level. KCDC is an informational and referral resource for people who are not sure where to go for their problem or issue. Find the 2015 Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns Disability Service Maps by clicking here.
These maps and a text version of this information may also be found at KCDCinfo.ks.gov on the right side of the page under Disability Service Maps. Link is at http://kcdcinfo.ks.gov/resources/service-maps
SPIL Stakeholder Forum Notice
The Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas (SILCK) and the Centers for Independent Living in Kansas are holding stakeholder forums in 5 cities across Kansas to gain information on goals and issues regarding Independent Living for Kansans with disabilities. The SILCK and the CILs plan to use this “grassroots” input to help write the next State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). Independent living demands consumer empowerment, control, equal access, and integration. We hope that by hearing from the people first, we can better reflect what the needs are of people with disabilities and come up with an effective plan to truly make Kansas an inclusive community.
Please join us for open discussion in the Chanute area at:
Thursday November 12th, 2015 10am to 12pm
Chanute Recreation Commission, Party Room
400 S. Highland
Chanute, KS 66720
Joe Reinecker and Judy Blunk discuss how being a part of a community helps everyone be more aware of the needs of a community. A person can find volunteering at a non-profit organization like SKIL can be very rewarding. As a person is helping others, you may find you are helping yourself.
By Nancy G. Holman
Two employees of the SKIL Resource Center have recently won prestigious awards for their work on behalf of people with disabilities. SKIL is an independent living center headquartered in Parsons that serves people with disabilities.
Long-time employee Lou Ann Kibbee, of Hays, recently received the Corey Rowley National Advocacy Award at the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Conference and Annual Meeting, held in July in Washington, D.C. NCIL is a Washington-based national grassroots advocacy organization that advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities.
Kibbee received the honor at NCIL’s awards luncheon during the conference “…for her tireless efforts organizing and energizing Americans with disabilities in support of independent living…” according to information listed on the award that Kibbee supplied.
“The purpose of the National Advocacy Award is to recognize individuals or groups/organizations for outstanding systems advocacy efforts consistent with independent living goals and philosophy on a national level,” said NCIL Vice-President Mark Derry, who presented the award.