April 13th and 14th at the Capitol City Plaza, Topeka, KS

KDADS is presenting a HCBS 2015 Educational Summit for HCBS consumers, family members, providers, and professionals.   The Educational Summit is a NO COST event that will give the public the opportunity to learn more about HCBS topics and programs.  Some of the topics of interest include HCBS Final Setting Rule Assessment, Self-Direction, Guardianship, Employment Programs, HCBS Programs, Health Homes, MFEI Assessment, APS/CPS, Social Security Disability/PMDT, Medicaid Fraud, and more!   Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with MCO representatives to discuss benefits and concerns.  Please join us for a half-day provider and professional track on Monday, April 13th and an all-day consumer, caregiver, and provider track on Tuesday, April 14th.   More details and updates will be provided on the KDADS website. Special room rates are available for those staying at the hotel, mention the conference title “HCBS 2015 Educational Summit” for the rate.


contestants 2015 committee and MWKS 15




MWKS 2015 & Little Ms.

The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas ceremony was held on Sunday, March 15th at the Capital Plaza Hotel.  Keara Hockman, Jessica Soderlund, and Carrie Sunday were this year’s contestants.  They began their weekend of events on Friday with orientation and getting to know each other and the committee members.  On Saturday, they participated in learning sessions, two interview sessions with judges, and a Zumba session.  Saturday night the contestants and committee went to the Ronald McDonald House in Topeka and cooked a homemade dinner for the guest staying at the house.  On Sunday, they ladies were judged once more on their platform speech and two questions asked on stage.  When the results were tallied, Carrie Sunday from Overbrook was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2015.  New to the program this year, the committee chose a Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas 2015, Delany Murphy.  Delany is 10 years old and from Ottawa.  If you would like more information about Ms. Wheelchair Kansas please visit their website www.mswheelchairkansas.org.



Ms Wheelchair Kansas - Celebrating the strength within

The 2015 Ms. Wheelchair Kansas will be crowned on Sunday and YOU are invited to witness this great event in our state! Not only are we crowning a new titleholder, but we are also crowning our FIRST EVER Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas! Be there as we say farewell to our current titleholder, Bridgid Schwilling, and welcome a new titleholder and Little Miss titleholder.

The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas crowning ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 2015, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, KS. The ceremony will be open to the public and free of charge. It will include platform speech presentations by the contestants, a keynote speaker, farewell from the current titleholder, crowning of the new Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2015, and announcement of the first Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas.

The mission of the MWKS program is to annually select one woman, who is wheelchair mobile, who will successfully advocate, educate, and empower all people on a state level. This is NOT a beauty contest, but rather a competition to select the most articulate, accomplished delegate who will serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Kansas. The crowned titleholder will have the opportunity to travel throughout the state educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. Her reign will ultimately lead up to an opportunity to attend the national competition in July, where she will represent Kansas and compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America.

We are also launching a program for young girls in the form of Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas. The Little Miss program will give the younger generation of 5-12 year olds the opportunity to educate, meet people, share their voice, and learn from adult role models. The first titleholder has been selected for this honorary position and will be announced and crowned during this year’s ceremony. We will also be hosting a Little Miss Meet-and-Greet for any young girls, their families, and community members who want to know more about this new program! See attached flyer for full details.

Come to the crowning on March 15 to see what this program is all about and witness this great event where  Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2015 and Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas will be announced! For more information, contact Carrie Greenwood at 785-267-5982 or mswheelchairkansas@yahoo.com.