They greeted her as a hero when she took the stage in Richmond.
Just days after a Virginia judge let Jenny Hatch leave a group home and take her first steps toward independence, the 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome delivered a speech to a gathering of the Arc of Virginia.
Hundreds of people -- including those with developmental disabilities and their family members, advocates and caregivers -- listened as Hatch spoke about the former life that was forced on her and the one she is now free to pursue.
The Kansas Department for Aging & Disability Services and Kansas Department of Health and Environment, along with representatives of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council and its Suicide Prevention Subcommittee, Headquarters Counseling Center, and survivors and family members from across the state will host a public event on August 23, 2013 from 10:30-noon at Memorial Hall Auditorium, 120 SW 10th, to bring to light the importance of suicide prevention, and to kick-off Suicide Prevention Week in Kansas.
A Tennessee town is honoring one of its own -- the first deaf football player in the NFL. Bonnie Sloan played for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1973 season.
The City of Hendersonville, Tennessee is honoring him by declaring this coming Sunday, Aug. 25, as Bonnie Sloan Day. City officials are inviting everyone to join them in honoring Sloan on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Hendersonville City Hall.
By Enid Kassner
As evidenced at a recent hearing of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care,broad support is building: It’s time to end Medicaid’s “institutional bias.” It’s not rational that Medicaid entitles eligible individuals to be placed in nursing homes, while limiting their ability to receive services at home.
On average, the Medicaid program can serve about three older people or adults with physical disabilities with home- and community-based services (HCBS) for the cost of putting one in a nursing home. Moreover, nearly all people – regardless of age or type of disability – prefer to live in their own homes or in comfortable community settings, not institutions.
The Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC) is taking nominations of people or groups who have advocated for changes in their communities or state for improvements to access, programs, education, transportation or employment for people with disabilities.
The Michael Lechner Award is given annually to a Kansan with a disability who has effectively advocated for changes in his or her community to improve the lives of people with disabilities.