Please take a few moments to review this message from the Kansas Disability Rights Center:  “The Disability Rights Center (DRC) of Kansas is our State’s Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities. DRC Kansas provides advocacy services and legal representation at no charge in certain disability cases where the civil or legal rights of people with disabilities are violated. We help people with disabilities enforce the provisions of many federal and state disability rights laws.

People with disabilities in Kansas face many barriers to full equality and justice. However, DRC Kansas does not have the resources necessary to tackle all of the issues facing people with disabilities at one time. That is why we create Priorities and Objectives, which provides the structure for how we spend our limited resources.

DRC Kansas must ensure we focus our limited resources on the issues that members of the disability community believe are important. We are asking you to complete this survey because your input will help us make better decisions about our work in the coming fiscal year.

Please complete this survey by August 31, 2019. Also, please share the link to this survey with your friends, family, and anyone who cares about people with disabilities.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/drcsurvey2020

If you need a disability accommodation to complete this survey, call 877-776-1541 or email info@drckansas.org. If you would rather complete the survey in written form, call 877-776-1541 and ask our receptionist to mail a copy of the survey to you.

If you wish to sign up to make in person, public comment on the 2020 Priorities session to be held on September 27, 2019, at 12:00 pm at the Disability Rights Center of Kansas office at 214 SW 6th Ave, Suite 100 Topeka, KS 66603, please email info@drckansas.org or call 877-776-1541 by no later than September 13, 2019, to sign up to be added to the agenda.”

Watch the following video on how our RCIL Friends’ Group in Emporia was able to advocate for more accessible crosswalks!

“Stoplights Don’t Stop Us!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQEf-y08-To
“Stoplights Don’t Stop Us!” with audio description: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmeCIZuqwcI

 

 

 

 

Carrie and Delaney - Ms WheelChair Kansas 2015 & Litle Miss Wheelchair Kansas 2015

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas is currently searching for women to participate in their 2016 event to be held March 11-13 in Topeka. Contestants can be nominated by a person or group or can choose to participate in the program.

Are you a woman of achievement who is wheelchair mobile? Would you like to share your voice with the state of Kansas? Then participate in our upcoming event and compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2016!

Or… do you know a woman who is wheelchair mobile who is also passionate, dynamic, articulate, and who has a message to share throughout the state? Then nominate them to be a contestant in Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2016!

The selected titleholder will have the opportunity to travel throughout the state of Kansas educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. She will serve as a role model, mentor our Little Miss titleholder, share her chosen platform, and interact with the media.

Also, Ms. Wheelchair is looking for young ladies between the ages of 5 and 12 who happens to be wheelchair mobile and is also full of life. Nominations are being except now for that young lady to be Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas 2016!

Each year, one girl will be chosen from a pool of contestants to serve as the Little Miss titleholder. Whoever is chosen will work alongside our Ms. Wheelchair Kansas titleholder to empower and educate people of all ages. She will attend various events, share her story, serve as an example for other youth with disabilities, and empower Kansans through her positive attitude.

The following are links for more information:

Don’t forget, November 4th is the General Election. 
If you are not able to vote that day, Kansas is one of the many states who allow early voting (by anyone).   If you require assistance with voting you may have someone enter the booth with you.  That person could be your family/friend or someone working at the election poll.  Educate yourself on the issues that are important for you and vote for the person you feel is the best candidate.

Self Advocates Wanted

Categorized: Consumer Opportunities

The Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK) will be having a meeting September 30th, 2:00pm at RCIL’s main office in Osage City.  They will be discussing what advocacy is and what you can do to help. All ages are welcome.  For more information please contact SACK at (785) 749-5588.

*The Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK) is a statewide advocacy group made up of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, the majority of whom receive services through the Kansas Developmental Disabilities Service System.  SACK encourages and teaches people to speak up for themselves and to obtain the highest possible level of independence.  SACK’s mission is to promote empowerment and independence for adults with developmental disabilities.

*Information from http://www.sackonline.org/about.html

 

 

For those of you who are receiving Home & Community Based Services, the State of Kansas will be holding meetings to inform consumers, families, advocates, and providers to inform all of  the new changes.  Below is a list of the meeting locations and times.

Federal rules and necessary program changes will be made to the following programs:

  • Autism
  • Frail Elderly
  • Intellectual/Developmental Disability
  • Physically Disabled
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Technology Assisted

Changes to these programs will impact:

  • Who you can hire and how they will be paid
  • Limitations on guardianships
  • What and how services will be renewed
  • How program eligibility will be assessed

Regional meetings are being held  so you can be informed and your voice heard to help decide what changes will be made.  Plan to attend one of the meetings below.  If you need help making arrangements, you are asked to contact your Managed Care Organization case manager/coordinator.

All meetings will be held from 10:00am-12:00pm and from 1:30pm-3:30pm

August 18 – El Dorado – El Dorado Chop House 2529 W Central El Dorado, KS

August 19 – Great Bend – Perkins Restaurant 2920 10th Street Great Bend, KS

August 20 – Salina – Salina Ambassador Hotel (Room A) 1616 W Crawford Salina, KS

August 21 – Topeka – Ramada Convention Center Jefferson Hall 420 SE 6th St Topeka, KS

*August 22 – Kansas City – Hilton Garden Inn (McCarthy Gallery) 520 Minnesota Ave Kansas City, KS
*Morning Session 10:00am-12:00pm

**August 22 – Paola – Paola Community Center 905 E Wea Paola, KS
**Afternoon Session 1:30pm-3:30pm

For questions, concerns, or to request accommodation, call (785)368-3246

Voting Hotline for Kansans with Disabilities

Categorized: Advocacy

 

 

Tomorrow, November 6 is Election Day.  Please get out there and vote. 

The Disability Rights Center will have a hotline for Kansans with disabilities to call with any questions or concerns about voting rights for persons with disabilities until Tuesday, November 6th (Election Day) (TOMORROW) at 8PM.

People with disabilities should call the DRC Voting Hotline Toll-Free at (877) 776-1541 on Election Day from 7 am to 8 pm, or Monday through Friday between now and Election Day from 8 am to 5 pm.

     

  •  You must show a photo ID if you are going to vote at the polls.
  • BUT, if you apply for a permanent advance ballot, you do not have to show ID (you must have a permanent disability or illness).
  • To vote you must be registered!  Voter registration deadline is October 16, 2012
  • Get registered to vote now so you don’t have to hassle with proof of citzenship requirements that will begin January 1, 2013.
  • Once you are registered to vote, you also may qualify for a free non-drivers ID card (even if you have signed up for permanent advance voting).
  • Deadline to request permanent advanced voting is Friday, November 2, 2012.  However, if you do it earlier you will ensure you have enough time to mail your ballot back.

If you have more questions about voting visit one of the websites listed below.

www.KsDisabilityVote.org

http://www.drckansas.org/drc-programs/voting

DATE

DESCRIPTION

Tuesday, October 16 Last day to register to vote in general election
Wednesday, October 17 Advance voting begins for general election
Friday, November 2 Deadline for voters to apply for advance voting ballots to be mailed
Monday, November 5 Noon deadline to cast advance voting ballots in person in office of County Election Officer
Tuesday, November 6
General Election
Advance voting ballots must be received in office of County Election Officer by close of polls

 

Kansas has recently changed its law about requiring an ID in order to vote.  (You may have seen a commercial lately about it.)  DO NOT let this stop you from voting! First off, a registered voter who does not possess any of the valid ID documents may obtain a FREE nondriver’s ID from the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Valid forms of ID include: driver’s license, nondriver identification card, concealed carry of handgun license, U.S. passport, U.S. military identification, student ID from accredited postsecondary institution, identification card issued by an Indian tribe, public assistance ID or employee badge issued by a municipal, county, state or federal government office.  Also, persons over the age of 65 may use an expired photo ID document.

Individuals who have “a permanent disability or an illness which has been diagnosed as a permanent illness” may apply for permanent advance voting.  These individuals have their ballot mailed to their home every election and are exempted from the photographic identification requirements.

In order to receive the free nondriver’s ID, a person must be a registered voter, and not own any photographic ID documents.  The person must also have proof of their residence and identify (so, a piece of mail and birth that certificate.)  If a person doesn’t have a birth certificate, they can obtain a free one.

If you have any questions regarding a valid ID, obtaining a free ID, obtaining a birth certificate, or permant advanced voting contact the Secretary of State’s office at http://www.kssos.org/ or (785) 296-4564.