Workshop on Protecting Older Adults Video at reamore IconMainstream, Inc. held a regional workshop on Protecting Vulnerable Older Adults from Abuse Neglect and Exploitation at the Best Western Inn of Parsons, Ks on July 30, 2009.
As the group began to gather it was apparent that the SEK area was very supportive of the workshop. Danette Tipton of mainstream was very active at opening the overflow area as participants began to register for the event.
Wayne Lofton of the Hays area shared the relationship between stress, depression and suicide. According to Mr. Lofton babies laugh 400 times a day. As adults the average is only 15 times a day. He encouraged people to be proactive and manage the alarms in our life rather than allow them to accumulate.
Sonya Johnson the Education and Outreach Director for the office of the Attorney General got right into the discussion with, "Being in the trenches". She was able to show individuals how easy it is to be taken into a scam. And the limitations and services the Attorney General's office could provide through the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
Loren F. Snell, Jr. the Deputy Attorney General was focused on the value of educating the public, the law enforcement sector and service agencies. He is the Director of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division. He urged people to become more aware of the program and the value of reporting this type of case not only to Kansas SRS but also to the Local Law Enforcement.
Dave Sorrick shared the following comment about the training;"The most precious resource that an agency like SKIL has is 'the customer'. Without 'the customer', the person served, there is no purpose to exist. It is imperative that we provide the very best customer service possible in order to survive in these difficult times. Often, that means being aware of the customer's circumstances and being alert for signs of abuse, neglect and exploitation. We should also recognize those resources in our community designed to keep our system free of fraud and waste and avail ourselves of those tools. The partnership between the customer, the non-profit provider, and the Medicaid and Medicare sytems should be a healthy one designed to protect the most vulnerable among us. Each of us should aim to hold 'the customer' most precious and at the center of all that we do. It is the application of the Golden Rule... to treat others as we would like to be treated... that should govern our conduct." Dave Sorrick, M.S., Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist
Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2009
Written by Annette Tucker
Saturday, 25 July 2009
White House - Washington, DC - A Proclamation by the President of the United Sates of America
Today we celebrate the 19th anniversary of the enactment of the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed into law on July 26, 1990, this landmark legislation established a clear mandate against discrimination on the basis of disability so that people with disabilities would have an equal opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
Our Nation is once again poised to make history for people with disabilities. I am proud to announce that the United States will sign the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in New York on December 13, 2006. The Convention is the first new human rights convention of the 21st century adopted by the United Nations, and it represents a paradigm shift in protecting the human rights of 650 million people with disabilities worldwide. We proudly join the international community in further advancing the rights of people with disabilities.
USDA Awards More Than $4 Million to AgrAbility Program
Written by Annette Tucker www.SEKinfo.com
Monday, 27 July 2009
Washington, DC - Nearly $180-thousand dollars has been designated to Kansas State University in Manhattan for the Kansas AgrAbility project which is a partnership between K-State Research & Extension and Southeast Kansas Independent Living (SKIL) in Parsons.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that USDA is awarding $4.1 million in grants to 22 states to help farmers with disabilities through the AgrAbility program, which helps thousands of people with disabilities overcome barriers to continuing their chosen professions in agriculture.
Rodney Summers ADA report Click here to view Skip Smith Photo Slide Show
On Friday, July 24, 2009, the people of SKIL celebrated 19th anniversary of the signing of the ADA bill. Everyone had a really great time, there was face painting done by the Parson Cheerleaders, hotdogs served by the Labette County Cheerleaders, chips, ice creams, and snow cones.
The FFA members from Neodesha were there in full force helping with the petting zoo of Kramer Livestock Farm and all the set-up and getting ready for the event. The children had fun trying to dunk Summer Spilman in the dunk tank, and playing on the moon walk. Every one really enjoyed the wonderful music from the Vernon Sandusky and Crew band. They named themselves as the Cobwebs. Vernon had recently celebrated his 70th birthday.