ADA 30: Nothing About Us Without Us

Categorized: Advocacy, Consumer Education, Independent Living

A Virtual Celebration with Judith Heumann

Judith Heumann, internationally recognized disability rights leader and activist, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month virtually with the University of Kansas and the Lawrence communities and guests worldwide on October 28-29, 2020.

Heumann’s visit is organized by the KU ADA Resource Center for Equity and Accessibility. All events are free, and the majority are open to the public. See the full schedule here 

The Kansas Disability and Health Program with The University of Kansas Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies developed a fact sheet called “Kansans with Disabilities: Transportation Barriers = Health Barriers.” The fact sheet identified the transportation barriers along with possible solutions to remove those barriers for people with disabilities. They also listed several personal experiences that they received from people with disabilities. Here are a few experiences from the fact sheet:

  • “A van with a wheelchair lift costs $30,000 to $40,000 more than a typical van, way over the budget of most people with disabilities.”
  • “When the paratransit is late then people miss their appointments, or they are late and this does not sit well with medical providers.”
  • “Transportation outside of the area where people live is not available. If someone needs to see a specialist in another town/city, it is difficult if not close to impossible to get there.”

Click on the fact sheet here for details about the transportation barriers. This fact sheet is also on the Kansas Disability and Health Program website at https://ihdps.ku.edu/dhp-resources.

For more information, contact Kim Bruns, Disabilities and Health Program Coordinator, at 785-864-1561 or kbruns@ku.edu.

Tomorrow, July 14th, is the last day to register to vote for the primary election on August 4th.  You may register online, by mail, or in person.  The link to register is https://www.vote.org/register-to-vote/kansas/

According to vote411.org the process for an absentee ballot is as follows:

To vote by mail, follow these instructions:

  • Complete the application for an advance ballot
  • Provide either your driver’s license number on the ballot application or a copy of your photo ID document with your application
  • Return the application to your county election office before the registration deadline for the next election
  • The ballot will be mailed to you. Complete and return your ballot to your county election office by mail for the next election
  • All ballots must be received in the county election office by the close of the polls on Election Day
  • You may request assistance in applying for and casting an advance voting ballot

Advance ballots are mailed out beginning 20 days before the election until the 4 days before an election. Make sure you apply for an advance ballot before the deadline to receive your ballot in the mail.

If you have anymore questions your local county election office will be able to help you.  Your vote matters, make sure to cast your vote August 4th (and November 3rd in the general election).

 

 

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.”

Follow the link to Time Magazine’s article- People With Disabilities Face Challenges Campaigning for Office. This Group Wants to Change That.  This article discusses how the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is hosting webinars to help people with disabilities became strong leaders and enter politics.