In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is collecting stories from the ADA Generation — youth and young adults who came of age since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act — about what the ADA means to them.
These stories will be published on the IEL website and shared through social media. IEL encourages creativity in format, media, and content. Stories can be in written, graphic, or video form. Videos should be no longer than three (3) minutes and written submissions should be no longer than 500 words.
Each year, the Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy recognizes and celebrates three outstanding people who deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments and/or support of youth with disabilities.
KYEA has an award for a KSYLF alumni, one for a committed mentor, and one for a champion of youth with disabilities.
Do you know anyone who fits one of the descriptions below? Nominate them! All award recipients will be recognized at the KSYLF Mentor Luncheon in July.
Nominations are DUE by JUNE 19, 2015!
Governors (including Kansas') give back big money to Washington while unemployment, poverty continues for their citizens with disabilities
BETHESDA, Md. -- States around America returned millions of dollars to the federal government that could have been used to enable people with disabilities to get jobs and careers. This is despite the fact that 70% of people with disabilities are out of the workforce, and disability benefits and healthcare are costing billions to taxpayers.
Vocational rehabilitation and workforce development programs, when resources are allocated to proven best practices, can enable people with disabilities to secure stable employment. In 2012, vocational rehabilitation agencies helped 177,172 Americans with disabilities get jobs and careers. These programs operate by having the federal government match nearly $4 for every $1 that is spent by the individual states. However, if the states fail to spend the money or come up with matching funds, then the funds go back to the federal government.
PARSONS, Kan. – Anglers with disabilities will again enjoy fishing, food and fun at a popular annual fishing event that has become a national tradition. The Southeast Kansas Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries (FHNB) event is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at the Big Hill Lake, Cherryvale Campground. The lake is located west of Parsons in Labette County.
Each year, SKIL personnel transport anglers with disabilities and their assistive equipment to Big Hill Lake. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The day includes breakfast, lunch, a dinner cookout, catch-and-release fishing, pontoon boating with SKIL personnel on the lake, prizes for the biggest fish caught and unsupervised overnight camping if desired.
COLUMBUS, Kan. -- The SKIL Resource Center’s Columbus satellite office will be hosting its annual Cherokee County Customer Appreciation Picnic Thursday, May 28 at the Columbus 4-H Building, 114 W. Country Road.
The event is free and open to the public, and will get underway at 5 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Everyone Has A Part in the ADA,” as 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush’s signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.