Value Statements

Learn more about KACIL’s Value Statements.

1. KACIL board members will support positions voted on by the KACIL Board.

Members will be actively engaged in discussions. Once a vote has been taken, the majority opinion will be accepted by all members, including KACIL values and positions taken by President and Executive Board in absence of Board.

2. KACIL believes that Centers for Independent Living are organizations which promote systems change so that independent living is possible for all citizens with disabilities.

CIL’s will work to make changes through systems and individual advocacy to ensure that people with disabilities can participate in all aspects of society. We believe that all people should have access to all aspects of the community. Our first priority will be to advocate to ensure the rights of people with disabilities are in place.

However, for people with disabilities there are cases where those services are not currently available or desirable. In those cases the CIL will be the providers of those services. Services provided will ensure equal access to people regardless of their disability. Where those gaps in services are found, in addition to providing the service, the CIL will continue to advocate in the community for integration.

3. KACIL believes that community living is possible for everyone. CIL’s will assist people who want to live in their own home by providing assistance in locating supports defined by the consumer.

CIL’s will also make every effort to assist people in leaving institutions. CIL’s will not assist an individual to move into an institution, but will offer referrals to agencies which do provide that assistance. At the same time, the consumer should be aware that if, and when they want to return to their own home, CIL’s will assist them.

4. KACIL believes that the Association is in place to provide peer support to its members.

Members should be willing and able to discuss issues and successes in an atmosphere of support. Individuals and issues discussed will be respected and be kept confidential where appropriate or requested.

5. KACIL will advocate for issues relating to the rights of people with disabilities and to enhance the abilities of Centers for Independent living to do their job.

Issues affecting the entire state will be addressed at KACIL meetings with decisions made where appropriate. KACIL will make every effort to address advocacy efforts toward issues and not to individuals.

6. KACIL believes in the dignity and worth of people with disabilities. No KACIL organization will coerce, misrepresent, or mislead consumers with regard to options and services.

Every effort will be made to refer consumers to all providers of services requested for full and informed choice. Consumers will be made aware of the CIL in the area in which they live, however, KACIL recognizes the right of consumers to choose from where they receive community services.

7. KACIL will provide support to member centers.

At the request of the KACIL member, KACIL staff will be available to advocate with the Executive Director and / or Board of Directors of any member center experiencing issues with local, state governments. (See membership services.)

Where issues arise regarding a difference of opinion between two CIL’s, every effort will be made to resolve those differences by the Directors. The following steps will occur, and every effort will be made to resolve the issue at the lowest step possible.

1. If there is a concern regarding how a CIL is working  with a consumer, the Executive Directors of each organization will discuss  the issue and try to resolve it. Consideration will be given to “honest  mistakes”. In the event that a training issue is i dentified, assistance  may be requested for additional training.

2. If the issue cannot be resolved to each CIL’s satisfaction, the KACIL  office may be notified for assistance in identifying a facilitator. KACIL  will make every effort to identify facilitators. The Directors will meet with  the agreed upon facilitator and try to resolve the issue.

3. If the issue cannot then be resolved, both parties will contact SRS for  clarification only if the disagreement involves SRS rules, policies, or  procedures.

4. If the issue is around a policy / procedure of the organization, the  directors will agree to use whatever grievance procedure is identified by the  organization, and or the Client Assistance Program. Nothing in this agreement  is meant to delay or ignore the responsibilities of the CIL’s to contact the  Attorney Generals office in the case of suspected Medicaid Fraud, or Adult  Protective Services in the case of suspected abuse of a consumer.