Yearly Archives: 2017

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Legislative Update

Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Friday! Legislative update After more than 100 days in Topeka, the Kansas legislature is getting closer to completing their work for the year so it might be good to look back at this session. The most pressing things the legislature needed to complete were a school funding formula that will [...]

By | June 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Legislative Update

Kids are Curious

Kids are curious and it’s ok I recently saw a news story about a kid who was creating an app which would allow people with disabilities to know if businesses were accessible or what accessibility challenges someone might find when patronizing a business. He got the idea when he saw a person, who used a [...]

By | June 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Kids are Curious

Memorial Day

Happy Friday, we are excited about Memorial Day weekend! Memorial Day to Remember With Memorial Day coming up, I am looking forward to a longer weekend than usual. I am also looking forward to remembering all the important people that have impacted my life, but are no longer here with us. Every one handles grief [...]

By | May 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Memorial Day

Parents

Disabilities Do Not Mean You Cannot Parent Happy Friday, Have a great weekend! On Sunday, we celebrated Mother’s day and while my mother has been gone for more than 20 years, I always take a few minutes on that day to appreciate the lessons she taught me. More often than not as a kid, her [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Parents

Inclusion

Happy Friday, Enjoy this Beautiful May Weekend! What is Inclusion? PILR’s Mission statement is “to achieve the full inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities through education and advocacy.” This is something we strive for every day, but what does “inclusion” mean? The dictionary definition of inclusion states “the action or state of being included [...]

By | May 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Inclusion

Stories of Sharon

Happy Friday, It is a beautiful day! This has been a difficult start to this month, but we would like to share some more stories about our beloved morning receptionist, Sharon. I remember Sharon was the first person I met when I came into the Hutchison PILR Office. At that time we had a SER [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Stories of Sharon

Stories of Sharon

This past week has been hard on many of our employees, losing a staff member is never easy. However, losing Sharon, who was so much more than just a staff member, is heartbreaking to all of us. Please enjoy some stories that staff share in the next couple of weeks. Stories of Sharon: Sharon started [...]

By | April 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Stories of Sharon

Dreamer

Happy Friday! Dreamer I was lucky enough to have a vast amount of exposure to people with disabilities when I was a child. However, the idea that wasn’t common, when I was growing up, was for the pursuit of employment for people with disabilities. It seemed that it was their goal in life was to [...]

By | April 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dreamer

Job-A-Thon 2017

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful Easter Weekend! Job-A-Thon 2017 Last week I witnessed my first PILR Job-A-Thon in Pratt. I volunteered to help interview some of the students in the morning. At first, the thought of interviewing a bunch of teenagers was a little scary. Luckily, my first interviewee was much better than expected and [...]

By | April 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Job-A-Thon 2017