Application deadline extended to February 10, 2012
The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) is announcing that the delegate application deadline for the 2012 Kansas Youth Leadership Forum has been extended to February 10, 2012. This extension is being made in order to provide more youth the opportunity to apply due to a late start with recruitment efforts this year. So, do you know of a high school junior or senior with a disability who has leadership potential or interest? Then they still have time to apply for this year's KSYLF!
The 2012 Kansas Youth Leadership Forum (KSYLF) for Students with Disabilities will be held June 18 - 23, 2012 at Washburn University in Topeka. The KSYLF is an annual conference that is heading into its twelfth 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! They participate in a variety of sessions and activities, including large sessions with community speakers, small breakout sessions with their peers, as well as activities like a trip to the Capitol, mentor luncheon, recreation session, real life fair, barbecue, talent show, and a dance!
Contestants and Nominations Still Needed for 2012 Event
The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Steering Committee has made the announcement that we will be extending our contestant application deadline to FEBRUARY 10, 2012. We have made this extension in an effort to generate more contestants for our 2012 event.
Ms. Wheelchair Kansas is continuing to search for women of achievement, who are wheelchair mobile, to serve as contestants in the Eighth 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.
By Gov. Sam Brownback
… “With jobs providing an off ramp from Medicaid, we will be able help those in need of services and reduce our waiting list.”
“We are committed to a strong, effective safety net for our most vulnerable Kansans.
Medicaid spending continues to skyrocket, and it continues to place stress on funding for education, public safety, and other essential services. With additional funding cuts expected from the federal government, Kansas must transform Medicaid into a system that improves services while managing costs. Many states have made the choice to either kick people off Medicaid or pay doctors less. Neither of those choices provides better outcomes. Kansas has a better solution.
The Lt. Governor, Dr. Jeff Colyer, and our cabinet team, with input from legislators and more than 1,800 stakeholders, have produced a measured, innovative and compassionate proposal. Unlike the current one-size-fits-all system, we will offer all Kansans a choice of plans that best fit their needs.
Kansans with long-term disabilities will have an integrated care coordinator. Those with developmental disabilities can keep their case manager if they choose. Many disabled Kansans want to work, but are stuck in government programs that provide neither respect nor independence. I propose Kansas be a national leader in helping the disabled find meaningful jobs. All Kansans should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. With jobs providing an off ramp from Medicaid, we will be able help those in need of services and reduce our waiting list.
For years Medicaid was spread among several cabinet agencies. This year we will continue to make government smaller and better focused by consolidating multiple agencies into a restructured Department of Aging and Disability Services. By running government more efficiently and effectively, we can save money and provide better service.”
Pat Shiu is the Director of the Office of Federal Contracts and Compliance programs. In a recent discussion about how companies are required to hire more people with disabilities she discussed how new guidelines will help improve employment for people with disabilities.
The effect of this new rule will be," the next great advance in the American civil rights movement" she shared during the discussion.
Specifically on December 9, OFCCP published a notice of proposed rulemaking to inform the public about proposed changes to the affirmative action and non-discrimination requirements of Section 503 which is one of the laws that OFCCP enforces. The comment period for this closes on February 7, 2012. Your comments are encouraged.
To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty national scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000.
All applicants for these scholarships:
- must be legally blind (PDF document) in both eyes, and
- must be residing in the United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico, and
- must be pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution in the 2012 scholastic year, except that one scholarship may be given to a person employed full-time while attending school part-time, and
- must participate in the entire NFB national convention and in all of its scheduled scholarship program activities.
In addition to a scholarship, each winner will receive assistance to attend the 2012 National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention in July, providing an excellent opportunity for high-level networking with active blind persons in many different professions and occupations. Read more at http://www.nfb.org/nfb/scholarship_program.asp