Parks and Recreation Activities

The Manhattan Parks and Recreation has several therapeutic recreation activities available specifically for individuals with physical, developmental, and/or emotional disabilities at a minimal cost. Programs are adapted and modified when necessary to provide opportunities for participation at all levels. Classes and trips are limited in size. Enrollment will be accepted first come, first served. Classes offered this spring include: cooking classes, bowling classes, gardening, arts and crafts, soup supper, K-State Women’s basketball games, St. Patrick’s Day Dance and Prom. For more information call 587-2757 or 1-800-766-3777.

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Kansas Youth Leadership Academy

Kansas Youth Leadership Forum Seeking High School Students with Disabilities 

The Kansas Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (KSYLF) is currently searching for motivated young leaders to attend the 18th annual forum held July 9-14, 2018 at Washburn University in Topeka.

The KSYLF is an annual conference that is heading into its 18th year serving students with disabilities across the state. During the forum, delegates enjoy a week full of learning, fun, friends, and, most of all, a new sense of empowerment! Through various large sessions, delegates are able to hear from community leaders on such topics as disability history, advocacy, goal setting, leadership, resources, and much more. Students are also able to share life experiences, goals, and ideas during breakout sessions with small groups. By week’s end, all delegates will have stated their future plans and career goals in their very own Personal Leadership Plan.

Aside from large and small group sessions, students participate in a variety of fun activitiesas well. A trip to the Capitol is always a highlight of the week. Students are able to tour the Capitol building, as well as participate in a legislative activity in the Senate Chambers. Other activities include a mentor luncheon where delegates are paired with an adult from their area who has a similar career interest, and a talent show where participants are able to share their unique abilities with the group. Other fun activities include a recreation session, real life fair, a barbecue, and a dance, which is always a delegate favorite!

All students who are interested in attending the KSYLF must meet the following criteria:

  • reside in Kansas.
  • have a disability as defined with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
  • be in the 11th or 12th grade as of December 31, 2017.  Please note: Students who are in an 18-21 transition program qualify to apply as well.
  • have demonstrated leadership potential or interest in school and the community.

There will be no cost for students who are selected to attend. All lodging, food, and accommodations are paid for through KSYLF funds. Accommodations such as personal care attendants, sign language interpreters, large print or Braille materials, and other accommodations will be provided for those delegates who need them.

Students must fill out an application that will be reviewed through a competitive selection process. About 20 – 25 delegates will be selected to attend. The delegate application deadline for the 2018 Forum is December 15, 2017.

Delegate applications, as well as other information, can be downloaded from our website at www.kyea.org/upcomingksylf.

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ThinkWork Project Webinar Nov. 13

This webinar will share what has been learned from the ThinkWork project, a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston. Topics will include: how to get information out to everybody about employment, what employment consultants actually do when they help people get jobs, how providers can support more people in the community and how policies affect access to jobs for people with IDD.  The webinar will take place on November 13 from 2-3 p.m. To dial in using your phone: 1 (571) 317-3122. Access Code: 195-733-805.  Or https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/195733805

For more information please email allison.hall@umb.edu

 

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Parent Resource Night November 2nd

The transition coordinator from the Junction City school district is hosting a parent resource night on November 2nd at Junction City High School. There will be food, prizes and many vendors available. See the attachment for more information.

Parent Resource Night

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Financial Aid Informational Meeting Night

Have questions about Federal Financial Aid, Scholarships, or paying for college? Plan to attend a Financial Aid Informational Meeting
Monday Sept. 25th
6:15-7:15pm
WHS District Office PLC Room
1008 8th Street (Previous Catholic Church Hall), Wamego, KS
A College Financial Aid Administrator will present and answer questions
Mrs. Kugler, Wamego High counselor, will provide a list of some local scholarships
The FAFSA (free application for federal student aid), and the recent changes, will be addressed.
This meeting is open to all high school students and parents but is especially helpful for junior and senior families.

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Parent Leadership Conference

The annual Parent Leadership Conference will be October 13-14 at the Ramada Convention Center at 420 SE 6th Street in Topeka, KS.  This free event will include breakout sessions, speakers, child care and more. This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Kansas Leadership Center President/CEO Ed O’Malley.
Free child care (for conference participants only) is available for ages newborn-12 years old if pre-registered. A limited number of hotel rooms will be available to those who live outside 100 mile radius of Topeka. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis.

If you have questions, please contact Mary Hess, 877-530-5275 ext.1448 or mhess@kcsl.org.

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ABLE Accounts

Kansas Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Saving Program. Families and individuals can now save up to $14,000 yearly in a tax-advantaged account for the disability-related expenses of an individual with a disability. ABLE accounts contributions grow tax deferred and are tax exempt when used for “qualified disability expenses.” This allows families of children with disabilities save for their long-term care needs. Dollars in an ABLE account will not impact a person’s eligibility for government benefits such as Social Security or Medicaid. Accounts much be established by age 26. An ABLE Account can fund medical and dental care, education, HCBS, employment training, assistive technology, housing and transportation.

To learn more, please attend a community meeting on Monday, August 28 from 2-3 p.m. at the Pottawatomie County Justice Center (108 N 1st St, Westmoreland, KS). There will be an ABLE specialist available to answer any questions you might have.

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