Census Bureau: Mobility is most common disability among older Americans
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.
Gift guide for individuals living with paralysis now available online
SKIL Annual Holiday Celebration and Meeting Dec. 5, 2014
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
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.
Resource Central - KU's Audio Reader Program
This week's Resource Central is hosted by KLKC's Annette Tucker. The Audio Reader Program, based on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, is looking for volunteer readers from the Parsons/Pittsburg area. This week’s edition of Resource Central feature Feloniz Lovato-Winston, the Director of Development, and Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Nigro. They talk about who qualifies for services available through the Audio Reader Program and volunteer opportunities.
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ABLE Act passes House of Representatives
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.
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- Kansas Youth Leadership Forum searching for applicants and volunteers
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- President Obama issues proclamation for Blind Americans Equality Day
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- Legislators send letter urging U.S. Labor Dept. to suspend rule that could dramatically increase home care costs to seniors, disabled
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- Disability Update from The White House: Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month
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- President Obama issues proclamation for National Disability Employment Awareness Month
- Mobility Rodeo slated for this Saturday in Wichita
- Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries
- Concerned about the policies for Waiver programs? Send a letter to CMS
- New IRS publication helps you find out if you qualify for a Health Coverage Exemption
- New statewide alliance is formed -- Self Direction Care Providers of Kansas
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- What the new Department of Labor changes will mean to you
- NCIL Information Alert: Advocacy action steps for consumers & advocates regarding the new Labor Department Home Care Rules
- Resource Central - Stephen Busby and The Power of the Disability Vote
- CRO of H.O.P.E. makes deal with Parsons Pizza Hut for fundraiser
- KDADS HCBS-I/DD waiting list update
- Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation's Public Policy Fellowship Program accepting applications for 2014-15
- October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
- Pittsburg SKIL picnic featured on KOAM-TV
- DOJ, HHS post tribute video celebrating Olmstead anniversary
- Colyer selected to city advisory board; earns state advocacy award
- SEK AT takes the challenge
- Nation’s 911 System inching towards greater accessibility
- Obama signs Autism Act Renewal
- Education Advocate Training coming to Pittsburg Nov. 18
- HELP WANTED: Benefits/SNAP Coordinator
- The Sheila Miller MS Bike Team is in training!
- Protecting America’s Wounded Warriors -- Not a choice, an obligation
- Congratulations to Jon Greenfeather & Karen Baker -- iPad winners
- HS students with disabilities could qualify for Career Tech Education program
- 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
- From NCIL: WIOA overwhelmingly passes House, moves to President’s desk for signature!
- Statement by the President on Wednesday's passage of the WIOA