The University of Kansas (KU) Biomechanical Rehabilitation Engineering Advancement in Kansas (BREAK) program is about to enter its sixth and last year of designing and building custom rehabilitation and assistive devices for Kansans with Disabilities. If you have or know of someone who has need to a custom assistive device (generally technology that is not commercially available to meet specific needs), please initiate a proposal by replying to this email. Proposals are NOT lengthy, and do not require large amounts of time.
Also, if your organization has a need for a custom device/system to benefit many people with disabilities (or you know of a community need), please initiate a proposal by replying to this email
Full details of the BREAK program, example projects from past years, and instructions for full proposals can be found at
Proposals must be submitted by 5 PM August 11, for full consideration. Note that not all proposals can be addressed by our limited number of student teams and financial resources.
If you have questions, feel free to contact me!
Statement of National Council on Independent Living and National ADAPT on the Senate’s Motion to Proceed Vote
Yesterday, at the exact same time that the Senate voted to proceed on a bill that will strip disabled people of lives and liberty, approximately 250 advocates from ADAPT and the National Council on Independent Living were protesting the vote in the atrium of the Hart Senate office building. Capitol Police arrested 64 of our people.
We are disgusted that this bill has not yet died. Despite massive outpourings of opposition from the disability community and from the American people, Senate Republicans continue to want to debate a settled question: that the lives, liberty, and equality of disabled Americans are promised in the Constitution and secured in law.
Under the proposed cuts to Medicaid in this bill, disabled people will lose home and community based services that secure our liberty. We will be institutionalized against our will. If we refuse to be locked away in institutions, and go without community based services, many of us will rapidly get sick. Many will die. Lives and liberty. Denied to disabled people.
It would be easy to be disheartened by yesterday’s vote, but we have made important gains through this ordeal. The disability community has come together in amazing ways, and the rest of the nation has followed our lead in opposing this devastating legislation. The battle is far from over.
We call upon all Americans to oppose this threat at every opportunity. When your Senators and Representatives come back to your district, be there. Be mad. Let them know it. Make them understand that they will wear this legislation like a weight around their necks, and that they can’t threaten people’s freedom without consequences.
Our community is strong. We have faced greater threats than this Congress. We have been institutionalized, kept from our families and communities. We know what the stakes are. We have been there before and we will not go back.
We are relentless. We will not stop fighting until Medicaid is safe and disabled lives and liberty are secured. We will not stop fighting. We will not stop.
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On this week's episode of "Resource Central," host Joe Reinecker talks with Mary Reynolds (director of Independent Living) and Heather House (Information Referral Specialist) about SKIL's 26th Annual Americans with Disabilities Act celebration in Parsons, Kansas. The festivities will be held on Main Street in Parsons, between 18th and Washington, on July 26, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm. Everyone is invited and the event is free to the public. Food will be served and The Duke Mason band will be performing.
Susie is a 60-year-old Pittsburg resident who suffers from degenerative joint disease. She talks about the assistance she has received from SKIL, who has helped her obtain a motorized wheelchair and also provides her with in-home assistance. She says her life has been made infinitely better because of the help and care she receives from the organization.