Disability News /KLKC
Topeka, Ks (Dave Ranney/KHI News) - The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has begun suspending welfare benefits for parents who fail to take part in work-preparation programs or fail to meet other new agency requirements. As of Nov. 1, according to agency officials, parents who “fail to participate without good cause” in work training sessions will lose their family’s cash and child-care assistance for three months.
The training involves attending classes, discussion groups and work-site programs intended to help parents land jobs. The Kansas Health Institute News Service reports that parents – young, single mothers, mostly – will face similar penalties if they won't identify a child’s non-custodial parent or help SRS file a child-support order with the court.
By Colleen Surridge Parsons Sun Website: http://parsonssun.com/
Most persons would be outraged if they were discriminated against today based on race, gender, age, religion or other similar attribute, but when related to persons with physical disabilities, discrimination is often ignored by those able bodied.
Reliant on a scooter for mobility, Judy Arabia said she faces issues of discrimination based on her physical disability daily in that many places accessible to the general public are inaccessible to her.
The Ralph Braun Foundation recently announced its first ever grant program for mobility equipment. Applicants who quality have the chance to receive up to $5,000 toward the purchase of mobility equipment, including wheelchair vans and lifts.
Applicants must apply with the support of a mobility dealer in good standing with the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Additional requirements and an application form are available at www.ralphbraunfoundation.org. Application deadline is November 30. http://ralphbraunfoundation.org/apply-for-a-grant/
The Board of Directors of The Ralph Braun Foundation has been engaged in strategic planning with a goal of solidifying the mission and vision of the Foundation and establishing program guidelines. As an outcome of this session we are pleased to announce our first grant program. The intention of this program is to assist folks who have been through evaluation and have met with a certified mobility dealer to target the appropriate mobility product to meet their transportation needs. Pricing has been established and the individual is able to produce most of the purchase amount but still remains short of the total amount necessary to consummate the purchase. The Foundation will entertain proposals written by an applicant in conjunction with his/her mobility dealer for up to $5000. The mobility dealer must be a member in good standing of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.