The Health Homes Consumer Tour is coming to a city near you!
Health Homes will start in Kansas July 1, 2014. If you have questions about Health Homes and what they mean for your health, these meetings are for you! The meetings are free and you will learn about Health Homes in Kansas.

Are these meetings for you?

You can come to a Health Homes meeting if you meet both requirements below:
        – You are in KanCare AND
        – You have a serious health condition: mental illness, asthma, or diabetes

If you are not in KanCare or don’t have a one of the serious health conditions above, you will not be in a Health Home. If you are a provider we ask that you do not come to these meetings as space is limited. Only providers who are there to help patients should attend.

If you have questions, please call 1-785-296-3981. If you need special assistance for a meeting (like a sign language interpreter or handouts in Braille) please call Cindy at 785-296-4753. You can also email us at healthomes@kdheks.gov. You must ask for this help by noon on February 13th. Transportation to the meetings is not available. We will have two meetings on the same day in each of the cities we visit. You should only attend one meeting. Meetings will be in the afternoon and evening. The afternoon meetings will start at 1:00 PM and end at 3:00 PMThe evening meetings will start at 6:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM.  Please see the dates and places below. 

 

Monday, March 3, 2014Dodge City Public Library

1001 North 2nd Avenue

Dodge City, KS 67801

 

Wichita Public Library

Central Location

223 South Main

Wichita, KS  67202

 

Winfield Community Center

700 Gary

Winfield, KS  67156

Tuesday, March 4, 2014Finney County Historical Museum
403 South 4th Street
Garden City, KS 67846

 

Barton County Community College
Library Room 116
245 Northeast 30th Road
Great Bend, KS  67530

 

Holiday Inn Express
4011 Parkview Drive
Pittsburg, KS  66762

Wednesday, March 5, 2014Colby Community College
Student Union, Rm 109
1255 South Range
Colby, KS  67701

 

Cloud County Community College
Cook Theatre
2221 Campus Drive
Concordia, KS 66901

 

City Building
Alliance Room
101 South Lincoln
Chanute, KS   66720                                     

Thursday, March 6, 2014Sternberg Museum of Natural History
3000 Sternberg Drive
Hays, KS  67601

 

Pathfinder Recovery Center
1809 South Ohio
Salina, KS  67401

 

Emporia State University
Student Union, 2nd Floor Room #MU216
1200 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS  66801

Tuesday, March 11, 2014Blue Valley Library
Blue Valley Library Meeting Room
9000 West 151st Street
Overland Park, KS  66221    

 

South Branch Public Library
3104 Strong Avenue
Kansas City, KS  66106

Wednesday, March 12, 2014Highland Community College
Dining Room
1501 Riley Street
Atchison, KS  66002

 

Kansas Historical Society
6425 Southwest 6th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66615

 

 

If you have not had many interactions with persons with disabilities, you may not know exactly how to act. For example, you may ask yourself “how do I talk to someone in a wheelchair?” or “how do I interact with someone who is blind or deaf?” These questions often come to our minds whether we have a disability or not.

The United Spinal Association put together a Disability Etiquette booklet for all of us to learn and to have a better understanding about interacting with people with disabilities.

This booklet provides the basics, tips on specific disabilities, service animals, and much more. To give you an idea of what you can learn from the booklet, below is the portion about the basics of disability etiquette.

ASK BEFORE YOU HELP

Just because someone has a disability, don’t assume he/she needs help. If the setting is accessible, people with disabilities can usually get around fine. Adults with disabilities want to be treated as independent people. Offer assistance only if the person appears to need it. And if he/she does want help, ask how before you act.

BE SENSITIVE ABOUT PHYSICAL CONTACT

Some people with disabilities depend on their arms for balance. Grabbing them-even if your intention is to assist-could knock them off balance. Avoid patting a person on the head or touching his/her wheelchair, scooter or cane. People with disabilities consider their equipment part of their personal space.

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK

Always speak directly to the person with a disability, not to this companion, aide or sign language interpreter. Making small talk with a person who has a disability is great; just talk to him/her as you would with anyone else. Respect his/her privacy. If you ask about his/her disability, he/she may feel like you are treating him/her as a disability, not as a human being. However, many people with disabilities are comfortable with children’s natural curiosity and do not mind if a child asks them questions.

When communicating to people with disabilities or about people with disabilities, keep in mind what words and phrases you are using. Below are some guidelines that will help you understand.

Disability vs. Handicap

  • A disability is a condition caused by such things as an accident or trauma, disease, or genetics that limits a person’s vision, hearing, speech, mobility, or mental function.
  • A handicap is a constraint imposed upon a person, regardless of that person’s ability or disability. These constraints can be physical or attitudinal. For example, stairs and curbs are handicaps imposed on those who use wheelchairs.

Always remember that the person is not the condition. Keep all your speech person focused, not disability focused. Avoid terms which carry a negative connotation such as abnormal, afflicted, confined, crippled, defective, handicap, invalid, lame, palsied, retarded, stricken, sufferer, victim, and withered. Instead use empowering individualized vocabulary. Also, don’t clump them with phrases like “the blind” or “the disabled.”

DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS

People with disabilities are the best judge of what they can or cannot do. Don’t make decisions for them about participating in any activity. Depending on the situation, it could be a violation of The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to exclude people because of a presumption about their limitations.

RESPOND GRACIOUSLY TO REQUESTS

When people who have a disability ask for an accommodation at your business, it is not a compliant. It shows they feel comfortable enough in your establishment to ask for what they need. And if they get a positive response, they will probably come back again and tell their friends about the good service they received.

The key thing to remember is if you are ever unsure what to do or say with a person who has a disability just ask them. They are willing to help you to understand and learn. You can learn more about disability etiquette such as specific disabilities by going to www.unitedspinal.org and click on disability etiquette booklet. Or you can go to your local RCIL office to view a hard copy of the booklet in their resource library.

Before I close, I would like to include a final word from disability etiquette booklet that is important to know. It says,

“People with disabilities are individuals with families, jobs, hobbies, likes and dislikes, and problems and joys. While the disability is an integral part of who they are, it alone does not define them. Don’t make them into disability heroes or victims. Treat them as individuals.”