Special Advocacy Update on Federal Disability Policy

Please Join Kansas ADAPT, Topeka Independent Living Resource Center and the Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living for a special advocacy update on current federal issues of concern to people with disabilities, service providers, advocates & direct service workers such as personal attendants.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) will be discussed by Ami Hyten, Co-Director of the local Center for Independent Living, Topeka Independent Living Resource Center.  Ami will provide important updates about the importance of creating worldwide, internationally recognized rights for people with disabilities to be accommodated and to not suffer discrimination. 

Rosie Cooper, Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living will provide updates and information about the purpose, and status, of S. 1356, the Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the bill that would, amongst other things, create the “Independent Living Administration” under the Community Living Administration of Health and Human Services.  Rosie will share reasons why this legislation is so important to people with disabilities and disability rights.

Mike Oxford, an organizer with ADAPT, will discuss the meaning and importance of the “Harkin Report” on the status of States’ compliance with the US Supreme Court, “Olmstead Decision” that clarified that people with disabilities had a right to choose home and community-based long term services and not be forced into nursing facilities and institutions.  This report, authored by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and chaired by Senator Tom Harkin, also details states’ efforts to provide adequate home and community-based long term care options and certain federal efforts that could be undertaken to address barriers to, and shortcomings in, these efforts.  Finally, Mike Oxford will also discuss the status of the US Department of Labor “Companionship Exemption” regulation which is due out any time.  This regulation will have far reaching, negative consequences for both Kansans with disabilities that self-direct their attendant services, as well as their attendant workers.  Examples of problems include loss of pay and greater costs for workers and loss of privacy and increased difficulty of recruiting, hiring and training additional workers for people with disabilities.

Join Us:         Friday, Sept. 20th, 2013 at 10:00 AM

                        408 SW Jackson


For More Information:

Mike Oxford – mikeoxford@rocketmail.com