Hello AgrAbility Colleagues! I would like to wish you all a happy “World Arthritis Day!”
Please take a moment to read the press releases from the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control that I have provided in the links below. Also, take a moment to visit the World Arthritis Day website to search for events in your area. Arthritis in its many forms is a disability that affects many of our clients, and will continue to increase in its prevalence in the future. Some forms of arthritis are preventable with proper education and lifestyle changes. Let’s educate ourselves on this disability so we can better serve our clients!
• http://www.cdc.gov/Features/arthritis/ This site also provides a US map of prevalence rates in your state.
TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS:
WHEREAS, we recognize the skills that people with disabilities bring to our workforce, and we rededicate ourselves to improving employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors for Kansans with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, we know that work builds self-esteem and provides financial security. People with disabilities who work are healthier. It is vitally important that people with disabilities are employed in integrated settings in the workforce; and
Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases September Employment Numbers
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8% last month. Disability employment statistics for September show an unemployment rate of 13.5 percent among people with disabilities, down from 13.9 percent in August.
As you all aware of by now the Medicaid system in Kansas is changing. The changes will not immediately impact or change your services or the way in which you receive your supports. The change to Kancare will create some initial confusion and chaos but as always SKIL Resource Center will be available to assist you in a way that meets your needs.