Nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had at least one disability, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report that covered the period 2008 to 2012. Of those 15.7 million people, two-thirds of them say they had difficulty in walking or climbing.
Difficulty with independent living, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping, was the second-most cited disability, followed by serious difficulty in hearing, cognitive difficulty, difficulty bathing or dressing, and serious difficulty seeing.
A wide range of fun gifts tailored based on interests/hobbies, creativity and level of injury are available for purchase.
Dinner was ready and served by Ultimate Choice Catering with live music by Duke Mason to start the evening off.
Nancy Varner had the opening Prayer. And Rep. Rich Proehl welcomed everyone to the annual event.
Lou Ann Kibbee, NCIL President shared how the National Council on Independent Living is working on the behalf of all the people across the United States. She stated the the climate has changed in relation to independent living. "It is vital to get involved. It is time to get real" If you or someone you know is on or waiting on services she encouraged people to get involved at the local, state and national levels. She urged people to use their voices to advocate for Home and Community Based services. "It is not only a legal right but it is the right thing to do."
Annual Awards included:
1. Tom Robinson”Proving By Doing” to Pastor Steve & Gina Fellers – Greg Jones
2. John Spillman “Spirit of Independence” to Dean Jones – Janet Spillman
3. Sandra Klingensmith “Youth Award” to Donald “Shadow” Carnall – Sydney Carnall
4. Darlene Lomax “Above & Beyond” to Sylvia Garcia – Samuel Burnett
5. Marty Wooten Advococy Award – Greg
6. Independent Strides Shining Star to Lottie Cavin – Tarina Lane
7. Bobbie Carter Planned Giving Award to Everyone Plays Accessible Playground – Dave
8. “Believe & Achieve” to Jerry Bright – Samuel Burnett
9. Carolyn Freeman “Youth Award” to Ashlynn Wieckhorst –
10. Gary Cantrell “Excellence In Radio” to Joe (King) Reinecker – Brandon Nivens
Shari Coatney, President/CEO of SKIL Resource Center shared how much she appreciated the family atmosphere that existes within the SKIl organization.
The evening conlcluded with drawings for door prizes including a 24” LED HDTV donated by The Video Center, Parsons. A DJ and great music was enjoyed by the crowd aas they danced into the evening hours.
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to approve a bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.
The Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act passed by a vote of 404 to 17 on Wednesday. The measure will now move to the Senate.
Under current rules, many individuals with disabilities can have no more than $2,000 in assets in order to qualify for needed government benefits. The ABLE Act would dramatically alter that scenario, allowing people with disabilities to establish special accounts at any financial institution where they could save up to $14,000 annually under current gift-tax limitations.