On this episode of "Resource Central," host Joe Reinecker talks to Judy Blunk, Independent Living Coordinator (ILC) from Columbus about two programs which can substantially help eligible consumers. One of these programs is the Kansas Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). This is a Federallly funded program that helps eligibile households pay a portion of their home energy costs. The other program is the Homestead Program, which assists disabled individuals to get a tax credit if they own their own home.
On this episode of "Resource Central," host Joe Reinecker talks with Independent Living Coordinator (ILC) Mary Laskowski from the Independence office. Mary explains the importance of supporting non-profit organizations like SKIL, who assist people within the community. She also explains how interested parties can get involved.
TRANSITION TO EMPLOYMENT
Come help define gainful employment pathways for youth and young adults with disabilities. As an Employment First state, Kansas’ priority is for youth and young adults with dis-abilities to transition into employment. The Transformers Coalition—a coalition of state agencies, nonprofits, and other interested parties—needs you to help identify successes and challenges youth and young adults with disabilities experience during the transition to employment. Youth, young adults, family members, community members, educators, providers, and other professionals should attend.
Town hall meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in seven locations across the state.
February 28, 2017: Shawnee Mission, KS—Indian Creek Technology Center, 4401 West 103rd Street, Shawnee Mission
March 7, 2017: Salina, KS—OCCK Transportation Center, 340 N. Santa Fe Avenue, Salina
March 8, 2017: Wichita, KS—Independent Living Resource Center, 3033 West Second Street North, Wichita
March 9, 2017: Girard, KS—Greenbush South East Kansas Education Service Center, 947 W. 47 Highway, Girard
March 14, 2017: Topeka, KS—Washburn Technical Conference Center, 5724 S.W. Huntoon Street, Topeka
March 15, 2017: Garden City—Southwest Developmental Services, 808 Palace Drive Suite C, Garden City
March 16, 2017: Hays, KS—Roosevelt Elementary School, 2000 MacArthur Road, Hays
On this installment of "Resource Central," Joe Reinecker talks to Andy Rausch. Rausch was a long-time employee of SKIL who is now disabled and utilizes services himself. He talks about his illness, his employment at SKIL, and the upside of receiving services from the agency.
In this latest installment of "Resource Central," host Joe Reinecker talks with Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy program coordinator Carrie Greenwood. She discusses the history of the program and its goals to educate, mentor, and support disabled youth (ages 5-25) in Kansas, as well as what the immediate future holds for the program and its participants.