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Disability News /KLKC

New Welfare Restrictions Questioned

Topeka, Ks (Dave Ranney/KHI News) -  The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has begun suspending welfare benefits for parents who fail to take part in work-preparation programs or fail to meet other new agency requirements.  As of Nov. 1, according to agency officials, parents who “fail to participate without good cause” in work training sessions will lose their family’s cash and child-care assistance for three months. 

The training involves attending classes, discussion groups and work-site programs intended to help parents land jobs.  The Kansas Health Institute News Service reports that parents – young, single mothers, mostly – will face similar penalties if they won't identify a child’s non-custodial parent or help SRS file a child-support order with the court. 

Read more: New Welfare Restrictions Questioned

Group hopes to make two stores ADA accessible

By Colleen Surridge Parsons Sun Website:

Most persons would be outraged if they were discriminated against today based on race, gender, age, religion or other similar attribute, but when related to persons with physical disabilities, discrimination is often ignored by those able bodied.

Reliant on a scooter for mobility, Judy Arabia said she faces issues of discrimination based on her physical disability daily in that many places accessible to the general public are inaccessible to her.

Read more: Group hopes to make two stores ADA accessible

Individual Grants for Mobility

Woman in wheel chair -man standing near byFoundation Programs

The Ralph Braun Foundation recently announced its first ever grant program for mobility equipment. Applicants who quality have the chance to receive up to $5,000 toward the purchase of mobility equipment, including wheelchair vans and lifts.

Applicants must apply with the support of a mobility dealer in good standing with the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Additional requirements and an application form are available at Application deadline is November 30.

The Board of Directors of The Ralph Braun Foundation has been engaged in strategic planning with a goal of solidifying the mission and vision of the Foundation and establishing program guidelines.  As an outcome of this session we are pleased to announce our first grant program.  The intention of this program is to assist folks who have been through evaluation and have met with a certified mobility dealer to target the appropriate mobility product to meet their transportation needs.  Pricing has been established and the individual is able to produce most of the purchase amount but still remains short of the total amount necessary to consummate the purchase.  The Foundation will entertain proposals written by an applicant in conjunction with his/her mobility dealer for up to $5000.  The mobility dealer must be a member in good standing of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

Read more: Individual Grants for Mobility

Town Hall Meetings on State Budget Issues

Topeka, Ks -  A series of townhall meetings on how state budget issues are affecting Kansas residents will be held in November.  Sessions are being organized by The Big Tent Coalition, which believes in enhancing choices for home and community-based services for disabled and elderly, which has teamed up with Kansans for Quality Communities, a group  of organizations representing education, health care, people with disabilities and state workers working to keep Kansas communities strong and healthy. Both coalitions represent Kansans who believe that the quality of our communities is at risk of being lowered if our state budget is cut any further than it already has been. These groups are urging legislators to value the quality services in our state and develop the budget accordingly—for both FY 2013 and FY 2014.  The first townhall meeting is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. November 8th at the south High School Commons Area in Salina.  The next session will be conducted at 5 p.m., November 9th at the Carnegie Building in Lawrence.  A town hall meeting for Southeast Kansas will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. November 10th in Rooms 6 & 7 of the Pittsburg Auditorium.  A session in planned at 3:30 p.m. November 29th in Wichita at a location to be determined.  Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations should contact Sheli Sweeney at 785-234-4773 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., three days prior to the event.