On Tuesday, August 22nd an Action Alert went out to over 14,000 people asking people to take 30 seconds to fill out a form to ask their legislators to cosponsor the Disability Integration Act.

Of all the people from KS, 4 responded to this alert and of those who responded, 2 were from your District KS-02. That means your Senators received 4 messages urging them to cosponsor the Disability Integration Act and your Representative received 2 messages.

If you haven’t already done the alert, just take 30 seconds to click this link and fill in the boxes! Once you hit submit, the messages will be sent to your legislators urging them to cosponsor the Disability Integration Act! Click here: http://goo.gl/c4hMsH

If you did complete the action alert, you can still help! Put the link or your social media or email it to 5 friends! We need more people to urge their legislators to cosponsor this important bill! We know this bill is important to you, so please tell your friends and family about the Disability Integration Act and ask them to reach out to their legislators by completing this action alert!

Living in the community is a human and civil right that disabled people have been denied for too long! Together we can end the forcible institutionalization of people with disabilities!

http://goo.gl/c4hMsH

The House Social Services Budget Committee’s report on SRS and KDOA budgets stated “…there is considerable fraud and abuse in the system of Home and Community Based Services.” It goes on to state that this fraud, by Centers for Independent Living, is responsible for the Waiting Lists.

These statements seek to villify the Centers and the people who are working so hard for the disability community in Kansas. WE are the ones forced to tell people that although they are eligible for services there is an over-3-year-long waiting list. WE work with Kansans with disabilities on a daily basis struggling to change the misconceptions, provide education to the Legislature, and advocate for needed services to save the lives of Kansans.

SRS’ own testimony, audits, and cost studies show that Centers for Independent Living are good stewards of state money, there is not “considerable fraud and abuse”. It is time that we push back against an Administration and some members of this Legislature who continue to ignore facts and data and deny their own responsibility for the tragic situations that Kansans with disabilities are forced into now.

We are a Center for Independent Living, we are Kansans with disabilities, we are advocates, WE ARE NOT FRAUD!