Resource Central - Joanna O'Connor with Parsons Recreation Commission
This week, Annette Tucker talks with Joanna O'Connor, Program Director at Parsons Recreation Commission. She talks about an opportunity for KanCare Participants to get a $50 discount on one program or class in 2015, plus other activities that are available.
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KSYLF extends deadline for delegate applications to Feb. 2
The Kansas Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (KSYLF) has extended the deadline in its search for motivated young leaders to attend the 15th annual forum held July 13-18, 2015 at Washburn University in Topeka. We are also searching for adults to serve as volunteers for the week of the KSYLF.
Students must fill out an application that will be reviewed through a competitive selection process. About 25-30 delegates will be selected to attend. The delegate application deadline for the 2015 Forum is now February 2, 2015.
The KSYLF is an annual conference that is heading into its fifteenth year serving students with disabilities across the state. During the forum, delegates enjoy a week full of learning, fun, friends, and, most of all, a new sense of empowerment! Through various large sessions, delegates are able to hear from community leaders on such topics as disability history, advocacy, goal setting, leadership, resources, and much more. Students are also able to share life experiences, goals, and ideas during breakout sessions with small groups. By week's end, all delegates will have stated their future plans and career goals in their very own Personal Leadership Plan.
Deadline extended for Ms. Wheelchair Kansas entries to Feb. 9
The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Steering Committee has made the announcement that we will be extending our contestant application deadline to postmarked by FEBRUARY 9, 2015. This extension is an effort to generate more contestants for our 2015 event.
Ms. Wheelchair Kansas is continuing to search for women of achievement, who are wheelchair mobile, to serve as contestants in the Eleventh Annual Ms. Wheelchair Kansas event.
Contestants can be nominated by a person or group or can choose to participate in the program. Organizations and companies are being encouraged to nominate women who are passionate, dynamic, articulate, and who have a message to share throughout the state.
Persons with disabilities strive to drive motorcycles
People who ride motorcycles say they love to feel the wind in their faces, and to be able to hear sounds and even smell the surrounding environment where they ride. They also enjoy the exhilaration of speed provided by high horsepower engines that propel them on paved roads at highway speeds, or savor the ability to head off-road for exploring the outdoors on some lighter machines.
The original motorcycles had two wheels, mounted in line, and were steered by a handlebar. Since they were developed by people who made bicycles, they had relatively small frames and didn’t require powerful engines to move them as fast or faster than the surrounding traffic. For years, most motorcycle designs stayed basically the same — riding them required the ability to balance and use hands and feet to control them when moving or stopping. That requirement meant that some of those early motorcycles were unusable by many people who were paralyzed or missing limbs due to amputations or other causes.
Mother, daughter grateful for donations for accessible van
So far, Rebecca “Becky” Fulcher has about $3,500 to buy her first wheelchair-accessible van.
She saved $1,500 from high school graduation gifts last spring. And recently her fund got a boost when she received two $1,000 endowed gifts – one an award she received at the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas awards banquet, the second a generous donation from a woman who understands the 19-year-old Wichita State freshman’s need for her own transportation.
But she needs roughly $15,000 more. Her goal, she said, is to find the money by summer.
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