Joe and Diana Clanton discuss the challenges in Sedan, Kansas that a Independent Living Coordinator works to overcome on a daily basis. Variety is one area that is a part of everyday life at the center location in Sedan.
“Whoever walks in and whatever the problem, I try to help them.” explained Diana.
Diana discussed that in addition to an every changing population being rural also brings two very large challenges. Transportation and Housing are both in limited supply for the Chautauqua county area. Some limited funds are available and being used for the residents of the area. However not all the vehicles are accessible to all the people. This creates a barrier that Dianna works with individuals and organizations to improve.
Housing is another area where advocacy efforts are ongoing at the local and state levels. With only 20 units in the area and those being designed more for individuals rather than families; housing is almost not available for people who choose to live in the community rather than a nursing home.
Listen to this week’s interview to learn more.
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.