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and Support with Customer Controlled services to break down and remove existing barriers and bridge social gaps to ensure and preserve
Equality and Independence for all.

World Arthiritis Day

Hello AgrAbility Colleagues!  I would like to wish you all a happy “World Arthritis Day!”  
 
Please take a moment to read the press releases from the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control that I have provided in the links below.  Also, take a moment to visit the World Arthritis Day website to search for events in your area.  Arthritis in its many forms is a disability that affects many of our clients, and will continue to increase in its prevalence in the future.  Some forms of arthritis are preventable with proper education and lifestyle changes.  Let’s educate ourselves on this disability so we can better serve our clients!  
 
•    http://www.worldarthritisday.org/
 
•    http://www.arthritis.org/world-arthritis-day-survey.php
•    http://www.cdc.gov/Features/arthritis/   This site also provides a US map of prevalence rates in your state.

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Governor's Proclamation - Kansas Disability Employment Awareness Month

TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS:
WHEREAS, we recognize the skills that people with disabilities bring to our workforce, and we rededicate ourselves to improving employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors for Kansans with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, we know that work builds self-esteem and provides financial security. People with disabilities who work are healthier. It is vitally important that people with disabilities are employed in integrated settings in the workforce; and

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Steve Lardy and Jim Zaleski Win Fishing Show Award

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This week Resource Central heads to KLKC Radio studios in Parsons, KS, which is owned by SKIL. Steve Lardy, KLKC Radio host, talks about the recent award he and Jim Zaleski, Director of Tourism for Labette County, received for their fishing show that airs on KLKC AM in the summer.

Steve talks about how the fishing show became popular and received emails and calls about different topics. He said that Jim Zaleski had been keeping tapes of the shows and actually submitted one for an award and won "Best of Show" for all media at the annual conference of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW). One topic that helped win the award was the topic of Kansas Legislation creating a fee for older anglers, when there hadn't been a fee in the past.

Hear it on the radio Friday mornings. 93.5 FM 99.1 FM 1340 AM 1540 AM

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Everybody Plays

Lou Ann… Congratulations! After years of work, Everybody Plays is a reality. How fitting that it was an endurance running event that put the project over the top and led to the groundbreaking. You have run a marathon of another type.

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Unemployment Rate Dropped to 7.8 Percent in September

Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases September Employment Numbers
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8% last month. Disability employment statistics for September show an unemployment rate of 13.5 percent among people with disabilities, down from 13.9 percent in August.

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KanCare Changes

As you all aware of by now the Medicaid system in Kansas is changing. The changes will not immediately impact or change your services or the way in which you receive your supports. The change to Kancare will create some initial confusion and chaos but as always SKIL Resource Center will be available to assist you in a way that meets your needs.

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Time Sheet Submission

DSW Electronic Time Sheet Submission can now be done directly through the SKIL website. Take a photo of your time sheets and supporting documents and upload directly to the SKIL website at the DSW Submit Timesheet page.  There is a sub-menu link for it directly below the "DSW time sheets" menu located in the top menu and in the left menu of the home page.