It is time to ask for nominations for the Michel Lechner Advocacy Award. The deadline for nominations is October 11th.
Every year the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC) recognizing one or more persons or organizations for their advocacy work during 2018 to improve their community or the State of Kansas for people with disabilities. To nominate someone or an organization you need to provide a summary of the nominee's advocacy activities including: the issue/situation; nominee's activities that improved the condition or situation; and the geographic area of Kansas in which the improvement occurred. It also helps to have a support letter from someone else praising the nominees advocacy efforts.
You can read more about it on our website<http://kcdcinfo.ks.gov/about-us/michael-lechner-award>.
This is the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns (KCDC) 70th anniversary and we want to be sure we have several nominations.
We will present the awards at our November 15 commission meeting.
Thank you for considering nominating someone or organization for this award.
Have you been paying the State monthly for your in-home services?
As of September 1, 2019, you may not have to any more, OR you may not have to pay as much!
Thanks to the work of disability advocates, the Kansas Legislature increased the amount of money people can keep (Protected Income Level) to $1,177/month. So you get to keep any money you earn or receive each month up to $1,177.
The Governor is asking the Legislature to make this change permanent in 2020, and to increase the amount even more.
Please contact your representative and senator (Look them up here >> https://openstates.org/ks/legislators/ ) and thank them for letting you keep more of your monthly money. Tell them what you will use the “extra” money for each month. Remind them that their work is not done; we need the increase to be permanent, and we need it to be increased to 300% of SSI level so no one has to pay for the services that keep us in our own homes!