By Nancy G. Holman
SKIL’s own Melinda Wyan, of the Consumer-Ran Organization called CRO of Hope, was recently honored in the community for the care she extends to others. CRO is a mental health community support group operated by consumers. Wyan is part of CRO’s Leadership Staff.
The Labette Center for Mental Health Services (LCMHS) in Parsons accepted nominations for Wyan and a number of other compassionate people in the recent past, for the Center’s fifth annual Care and Compassion Awards. Each year, LCMHS gives awards to outstanding people in the area community who go beyond the norm to actively demonstrate concern to others.
Although Wyan did not receive an award herself, she and all other nominees were invited to the Awards Banquet at the Parsons VFW to honor their selfless efforts. Wyan and her husband Chris Wyan attended.
According to the person who nominated Wyan, she was considered for the award because she has taught the nominator how to advocate for himself and others, and goes out of her way to show outstanding concern.
“She has shown me compassion and care in my struggles to integrate into society,” the nominator wrote. “I have worked with this person for awhile now and have received care that I have not received in quite some time as a consumer. If I had a concern or question, I received a good response and help when needed. I nominate this person in my life. I am thankful to know her and want to show my appreciation to her.”
In confirming her nomination, LCMHS Executive Director Matthew Atteberry, LSCSW wrote in a letter to Wyan, “One person really can make a difference, and someone in your personal or professional life thinks that you are one of those people.”
The HCBS Serious Emotional Disturbance Transition Plan and proposed changes is open to public comment and feedback from 5/1/15 through 5/31/15. The draft proposal is summarized in this document and is posted on the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) website at www.kdads.ks.gov.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On April 30, the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) officially announced that Northrop Grumman and PNC Bank have joined America's Disability Rights Museum on Wheels, the country's first disability rights mobile museum as tour partners.
America's Disability Rights Museum on Wheels (DRMW), an accessible self-contained motor vehicle, features interactive learning opportunities and emerging technologies. The mobile museum will kick off its cross-country tour June 8, 2015 in Charlotte, NC.
The DRMW provides a unique opportunity to learn the fascinating history of the disability rights movement.
It presents an eye-catching exhibit that invites the visitor to participate in hands-on learning about the disability civil rights movement and the technological innovation as a result of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
By Michael Morris,
National Disability Institute Executive Director
All Americans should have equal opportunity to achieve financial independence, while also acquiring the skills to effectively manage their finances and make informed financial decisions.
Unfortunately, at the present time, this is not the case. Even now, 25 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) promoted “economic self-sufficiency” for people with disabilities, we continue to face many systemic hurdles that block access to a life of financial independence.
The Southwest ADA Center is carrying out research to investigate the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). As part of this research, we are asking people who have personal or professional experience on disability issues to complete a survey, accessible by clicking here.
The information gathered from this survey will help in 1) understanding what aspects of society have become more accessible due to the ADA; 2) understanding what areas of society still require further investigation and proposed solutions; and 3) to develop and improve the information, support, and guidance needed to help further the goals of the ADA. These findings will also provide the foundation for further research on the ADA and its impact on people with disabilities.