In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is collecting stories from the ADA Generation — youth and young adults who came of age since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act — about what the ADA means to them.
These stories will be published on the IEL website and shared through social media. IEL encourages creativity in format, media, and content. Stories can be in written, graphic, or video form. Videos should be no longer than three (3) minutes and written submissions should be no longer than 500 words.
Each year, the Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy recognizes and celebrates three outstanding people who deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments and/or support of youth with disabilities.
KYEA has an award for a KSYLF alumni, one for a committed mentor, and one for a champion of youth with disabilities.
Do you know anyone who fits one of the descriptions below? Nominate them! All award recipients will be recognized at the KSYLF Mentor Luncheon in July.
Nominations are DUE by JUNE 19, 2015!
Governors (including Kansas') give back big money to Washington while unemployment, poverty continues for their citizens with disabilities
BETHESDA, Md. -- States around America returned millions of dollars to the federal government that could have been used to enable people with disabilities to get jobs and careers. This is despite the fact that 70% of people with disabilities are out of the workforce, and disability benefits and healthcare are costing billions to taxpayers.
Vocational rehabilitation and workforce development programs, when resources are allocated to proven best practices, can enable people with disabilities to secure stable employment. In 2012, vocational rehabilitation agencies helped 177,172 Americans with disabilities get jobs and careers. These programs operate by having the federal government match nearly $4 for every $1 that is spent by the individual states. However, if the states fail to spend the money or come up with matching funds, then the funds go back to the federal government.
Steve Hoover is set to retire from the Agrability and Kansas Equipment Exchange programs that are part of the Assistive Technology Access site in Southeast Kansas. Steve has worked since early June of 2009 helping to create opportunities for people with a disability to be more independent and remain active in their community.
The SKIL Resource Center and the SEK A.T. Access site celebrated with Steve and friends from the community. “We wish Steve the best. We are going to miss him.” Shari Coatney President of SKIL shared.
There is a great deal of work in gathering equipment from around the state that is then refurbished and made available to qualifying individuals as a result of the KEE Program.
Steve was the representative for the SEK area for the Kansas AgrAbility Project. It assists people with disabilities who work in agriculture.
The vision of AgrAbility is to enable a high quality lifestyle for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities. While the term “disability” often brings to mind conditions such as spinal cord injuries and amputations, AgrAbility addresses these and many other conditions, such as arthritis, chronic back pain, and behavioral health issues.
Through education and assistance, AgrAbility helps eliminate (or at least minimize) obstacles that inhibit success in production agriculture or agriculture-related occupations.
AgrAbility is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and consists of a National Project and State/Regional Projects, including the Kansas AgrAbility Project. Each project is a collaborative partnership between a land grant university and one or more nonprofit disability services organizations.
Kansas AgrAbility partners are: Kansas State University, Southeast Kansas Independent Living (SKIL), and Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK). Contact Us at 1-800-KAN DO IT (1-800-526-3648)
SKIL's Resource Central is back with host Annette Tucker. Annette chats with Shari Coatney, CEO of SKIL Resource Center and co-director of Kansas AgrAbility Project and Sheila Simmons, Specialist Trainer for Assistive Technology for Kansans.
Learn about how assistive technology benefits farmers with disabilities and helps keep them in the farming workforce. Shari and Sheila discuss their involvement with the programs and the different services offered through the Kansas AgrAbility Project and Assistive Technology for Kansans.
This program is produced by the SKILmedia Radio Network. Max FM 93.5, U-Rock 99.1 FM, Fox Sports 1340 AM, and Katy Country 1540 AM. Listen to these stations throughout Southeast Kansas and share with your friends!