The deadline for applying to be on the Kansas Disability Caucus Board is being extended to December 4th.
The KS Disability Caucus, Inc. Board has five positions up for election each beginning January 1, 2021 for a two year term. The Board wants to make sure that it represents the faces of Kansans with disabilities, therefore we need applicants from various parts of our population, such as race, ethnicity, disability, age, geographic, sexual orientation, and gender identification. We will review all applications from individuals wanting to join the group to organize and coordinate activities that promote independent living of all people with disabilities through collaboration, networking, education, planning, and peer-to-peer interaction, including the Disability Caucus held during even numbered years. We need individuals that are very committed to work hard in both planning and the hands on work needed to have a successful Caucus. In 1988, a small group of Kansans with disabilities came together to organize the first Kansas Disability Caucus when ninety people attended in Salina, KS. It was these united voices that helped to pass the first self-directed personal care assistance program in Kansas. The Caucus has attracted many national presenters in independent living and disability rights through the years. There have been different focuses for holding the Caucus including education, advocacy, and planning, all of which lead to the independence of Kansans with disabilities. The KS Disability Caucus supports and encourages successful outcomes for people with all types of disabilities of all ages, especially encouraging the involvement of young adults. If you are interested in continuing these activities, please submit your application. The deadline for submission is December 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. We will contact you if you are chosen to join the Board or if we have more questions for you.
The Office of Independent Living Programs (OILP) is hiring a program officer for the OILP Team! The OILP intends to fill this position with the Schedule A hiring authority. This means you must be a person with a disability to apply for the current opening. Information about the Schedule A hiring authority can be found here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/hiring/#url=Overview .
This is a full time position located in Washington DC. Relocation expenses are NOT provided. Due to COVID-19 all OILP staff are currently teleworking from their approved Washington DC metro area telework locations. ACL anticipates it will resume pre-COVID duty stations and telework agreements at some point in the future.
This position includes end-to-end management of Centers for Independent Living grant awards, opportunities to develop program guidance and national disability policy, and participation on federal workgroups driving issues important to people with disabilities. Bring your State experience to Federal government and directly contribute to the exciting future of independent living programs!
Please follow the below instructions:
- The email should include (1) a short statement of interest, (2) acknowledgment of Schedule A eligibility, and (3) a current resume that reflects experience or working knowledge in the Centers for Independent Living program, the Independent Living Services program, and/or any other work that highlights experience in disability services or policy.
- To be considered the email must be received no later than 5:00pm EST Sunday November 15, 2020.
- To be considered you must follow instructions 1-3.
Individuals of interest will receive follow up information the week of November 16.
It’s nice to think of the joy of the holidays, but for many it brings depression. People’s holiday season often includes thoughts of the past: loved ones who are no longer with them, memories of Thanksgivings and Christmases of long ago and thoughts of sadness when they realize that what once was cannot ever be again. For many people, depression is brought on by loneliness for those who spend the holidays by themselves.
Depression is a negative word in our society. But it’s also a common word, and an increasingly common condition. Depression can vary from a singular, mild event to major clinical depressive illness, with wide variance in between.
I, myself, have struggled with depression my whole life. Each time one of my children has moved out into adulthood, I knew I was supposed to feel pride and happiness for them, but I felt like a part of my heart was being ripped out. I felt like something was missing for months afterwards.
When we have lost brothers and sisters in the movement, I have never been mentally ready to lose those who have been with us through the ups and downs of our fight for independence. Every time another warrior dies, it changes the movement and gives us uncertainty of who will be with us as we continue the move forward.
That said, personally experiencing depression has taught me to look for the positive things in life, and to try not to focus on the negative and sad aspects of it. It has taught me to better value each day of life that I have been given, and to daily try to do something good for someone else. It has also taught me that I do not have to stay depressed for the rest of my life; there are things I can do to lift my depression. You can do these, too.
Sometimes, it may be as simple as going for a walk or doing other exercise, which can clear your head from negative thoughts and raise endorphin levels. Other ideas include reaching out to a neighbor, calling a friend or offering a smile to someone you don’t know. Depression can also be treated in other ways, including by caring professionals.
Depression doesn’t have to be part of people’s holidays. It doesn’t have to be part of mine, and it doesn’t have to be part of yours. My thoughts will be with you this holiday season as we all continue on. Please call our office anytime we can be of help or encouragement to you.
Let your voice be heard! KDADS wants to hear from you about home and community-based aging services in Kansas. The Older Americans Act provides services Kansans ages 60 years or older and family caregivers of older adults. Please take our survey to provide feedback on existing programs and help identify areas to improve. Your participation will help better the lives of older Kansans for years to come.
Please pass this survey invitation on to others in your Aging Network.
PROVIDE VALUABLE FEEDBACK ON HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED AGING SERVICES IN KANSAS
• SurveyMonkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V7CQPVG
Please also be on the lookout for KDADS’ social media posts that can easily be shared with your networks, and let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you and have a wonderful week!
Christina Orton - Aging Services Director