The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week."
In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
The Crawford County SKIL Customer Appreciation Picnic was featured on KOAM News Wednesday night.
Natalie Bruggeman, who raised $500 for the Everybody Plays accessible playground, and Pittsburg HS theatre teacher Greg Shaw, who directed a social issues play about autism last year, were recognized for their efforts.
The 15th Anniversary of Olmstead video compilation is a Department of Justice/Department of Health & Human Services tribute to the dedicated and brave individuals who have brought to life the Olmstead decision's promise of community integration for people with disabilities.
The video features images and live interviews from disability rights advocates, including Sue Jamieson, the lead attorney in the Olmstead case, and people with disabilities who live independently and fully participate in their communities.
Independent Living Coordinator Lou Ann Colyer of the Pittsburg SKIL office was recently selected to serve on a Pittsburg city advisory board and also learned she has been recognized with a state advocacy award.
Colyer will be part of the recently-seated, seven-member City of Pittsburg Active Transportation Advisory Board. She also was nominated for the Michael Lechner Advocacy Award and one of three Kansans selected to be honored.
Colyer is in her 10th year working for the SKIL Resource Center, and is in her ninth year as an independent living coordinator with the organization.
According to information from the city, the Active Transportation Advisory Board will, “Promote and encourage safe bicycling and walking to further Pittsburg’s goal of being a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly city.”
The main focus of the board will be, “Pittsburg’s interest to increase the safe usage of bicycle and pedestrian facilities as a significant and beneficial mode of transportation and recreation.”
Southeast Kansas Assistive Technology takes the ALS ice bucket challenge.
A new federal rule is paving the way for 911 services to become more accessible for people with disabilities.
The Federal Communications Commission will require all wireless carriers and certain other applications that allow users to send text messages to facilitate text-to-911 services by the end of the year under a rule adopted earlier this month.
The offering is considered to be of particular benefit for those who are nonverbal or have hearing disabilities as well as people with speech and other communication difficulties.
With little fanfare, President Barack Obama signed a reauthorization of the nation’s primary autism legislation that includes more than a billion dollars in federal funding for the developmental disorder.
Signed on Friday, the law calls for $260 million annually through 2019 for autism research, prevalence tracking, screening, professional training and other initiatives.
Nearly 800 children in DCF or JJA custody are in need of someone to represent them in special education matters. This free training is for birth parents, resource parents, DCF contracted agency workers, and volunteers.
Current education advocates would also benefit from this training as the reauthorized law will be presented. Proof of attendance and 5.5 hours of continuing education credit is available for case managers and resource parents.
This training is provided by Families Together, Inc. through a contract with the Kansas State Department of Education. (Individuals, including resource parents, who are employed by a school district or cooperative that provides educational services may not serve as education advocates for children receiving services in that district. DCF workers are not eligible to serve.)
- Congratulations to Jon Greenfeather & Karen Baker -- iPad winners
- The Sheila Miller MS Bike Team is in training!
- Protecting America’s Wounded Warriors -- Not a choice, an obligation
- HS students with disabilities could qualify for Career Tech Education program
- SKIL receives $5000 Quality of Life grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
- HCBS? This Matters to You!
- Joint statement from the Departments of Education and Health & Human Services regarding the WIOA
- Senate HELP Committee conducting survey of persons with disabilities