Yearly Archives: 2017


DMD 2017 Report

Disability Mentoring Day 2017 On October 18, PILR hosted Disability Mentoring Day in Hutchinson. This year, 126 students with disabilities from all six Reno County public high schools as well as Sterling High School spent the day learning about a career they may pursue after high school. They were mentored at 56 different sites across [...]

By | October 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on DMD 2017 Report

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Happy Friday, have a great weekend! October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This is the perfect time to hold our Disability Event for High School Students with Disabilities to be immersed in a career for a day. NDEAM began in 1945, when it was known as “National Employ [...]

By | October 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on National Disability Employment Awareness Month

EDK Service

End-Dependence Kansas Employment Service As an Employment Specialist for the EDK program our ultimate goal is to get consumers competitive employment in a position that they want. Now, with that said it is not that simple. The EDK program receives referrals from Vocational Rehabilitation; the employment rate of people with disabilities is about a third [...]

By | October 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on EDK Service

DMD 2017 Update!

Happy Friday, Enjoy the Hot Rod Run! Disability Mentoring Day On October 18 in Hutchinson, and October 24 in Pratt, approximately 260 High school students with disabilities will learn about a career they may want to pursue after high school as PILR hosts Disability Mentoring Day 2017. This will be the 16th year we have [...]

By | September 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on DMD 2017 Update!

“Fair” Enough

"Fair" Enough Working or Residing in Hutchinson, KS in the middle of September, always brings plenty of feelings and opinions regarding the Kansas State Fair. For longtime residents, the fair can be well anticipated or completely dreaded. I think the biggest complaint most people have with the State Fair is the increase in traffic. For [...]

By | September 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “Fair” Enough

DMD Countdown

Happy Friday, Enjoy the last weekend of the fair! DMD Countdown (10/18/2017) We have approximately a month before Disability Mentoring Day 2017! This is the 16th year that PILR has been the local host of Disability Mentoring Day. Through the years, it has impacted many students in many different ways, but most importantly, it has [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on DMD Countdown

First Impressions

Happy First Fair Weekend! First Impressions are not all they are cracked up to be. They are affected by much more than things that an individual can control. There are personal perceptions, prejudgments, societal expectations. You might be able to control what you wear, how you do your hair and make-up, and you can prepare [...]

By | September 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on First Impressions

DMD 2017

Happy Friday, Have a great Labor Day Weekend! Disability Mentoring Day  On October 18, PILR will host Disability Mentoring Day so that high school students can learn what it might be like to work in a career they want to pursue after graduation. This will be the 16th year we have been the local host [...]

By | September 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on DMD 2017

Hidden Disabilities

Happy Friday, have a great weekend! Hidden Disabilities If you can’t see it then it must not be real. I find this to be true of how people perceive individuals with hidden disabilities.  This is far from the case.  Much like a person with a disability would like to be seen as a whole and [...]

By | August 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hidden Disabilities

Get involved, it matters!!

Happy Friday!!! Have a great weekend! Get involved, it matters!! I saw an article in the newspaper the other day about a 16 year old and a 17 year old who are running for Kansas governor and Lieutenant governor in the 2018 primary election. What I first found interesting is that there are no real [...]

By | August 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Get involved, it matters!!