On this week's "Resource Central," Joe Reinecker talks with Ft. Scott native Keli Davis. Keli is in training to become a social worker. She and Joe and discuss her training, goals, and what made her want to become an advocate for individuals with disabilities.
Frequently, assistive technology equipment, i.e., hearing aids, accessible vehicles, sensory aids, communication devices, and home modifications are extremely expensive. Most traditional lenders limit what specialty equipment they finance and the terms offered on such equipment. K-Loan knows how critical such equipment is and knows some equipment has longevity beyond a couple of years. That is why we offer longer terms to eligible borrowers on a case by case basis. Let us know how we can help you.
K-Loan is an Alternative Finance Program offered through Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), the statewide assistive technology program, coordinated by the University of Kansas. K-Loan was established and is directed by persons with disabilities. It is a consumer-run program designed to provide persons with disabilities and their families with access to financial resources toward acquiring assistive technology through education, saving and borrowing. The project is guided by an Executive Advisory Board composed of individuals with disabilities, family members and representatives from Kansas agencies.
Assistive Technology (AT) is any kind of device or tool that helps people learn, work, communicate and live more independently. AT can be very simple and inexpensive, like a modified knife and fork, or it can be very sophisticated and costly, like a computerized speech device.
Jeanette Graue is the Alternative Finance Manager for the financial empowerment program which is headquartered in the AT access site at 1714 Main in Parsons. In her role as the Regional Loan Coordinator for the Southeast Kansas AT area, Graue manages the loan applications and program data. Lou Ann Kibbee of Hays works as the North and Northwest Regional Loan Representative. Heather Jones works at Prairie Independent Living Resource Center, 17 South Main, Hutchinson, Kansas. She serves the South and Southwest area of the state as the K-Loan Regional Representative.
The low interest loans are designed to help individuals with chronic health problems or disabilities obtain a variety of equipment that can be used at home, school or on the job. Funds can be used to help with the purchase of assistive technology equipment ranging from hearing aids to mobility devices. Personnel can help identify alternate funding sources.
To learn more about the K-LOAN program, contact K-Loan at 620-421-6554 in Parsons or call toll-free 1-866-465-2826. The number to reach staff in Hays is 1-800-316-8019. Hutchinson staff can be contacted by calling 1-888-715-6818. Learn more about K-LOAN
On this week's edition of "Resource Central," Labette Center for Mental Health Services Public Relations Specialist Monica Simpson discusses their annual "Evening of Recovery." The event, featuring keynote speaker Mike Veny, will address mental health and/or substance abuse issues and will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016, in Parsons. The event is open to the public.