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Rally shows support for funding programs for Kansans with disabilities

About 600 people show support for tax increase on behalf of those with disabilities

Several hundred people on Wednesday attend rally on the south lawn of the Capitol in support of funding for programs for Kansans with disabilities. The event occurred on the first day of the Legislature's wrap up session.

Several hundred people on Wednesday attend rally on the south lawn of the Capitol in support of funding for programs for Kansans with disabilities. The event occurred on the first day of the Legislature's wrap up session.

April 28, 2010, 11:32 a.m. Updated April 28, 2010, 11:54 a.m.


A scroll with the names of more than 4,000 Kansans with disabilities was unrolled at the rally on Wednesday.

A scroll with the names of more than 4,000 Kansans with disabilities was unrolled at the rally on Wednesday.

Disabled Kansans march on capital

Hundreds of disabled Kansans rallied at the capital in hopes of getting social service funds restored. Nearly $11 million in social services have been cut in the past year. Enlarge video

— Several hundred Kansans with developmental disabilities and their advocates rallied outside the Statehouse on Wednesday in support of a tax increase to restore funding cuts made to services and eliminate the waiting lists.

The rally concluded “Walk A Mile In My Shoes Run, Walk and Roll Relay” events through various cities in Kansas, including Lawrence. Participants arrived to a cheering crowd as legislators returned for the wrap up session to work on the budget.

Participants arrive Wednesday at the "Walk A Mile In My Shoes Run, Walk and Roll Relay" at the Statehouse.

Participants arrive Wednesday at the "Walk A Mile In My Shoes Run, Walk and Roll Relay" at the Statehouse.

Kathly Lobb, who receives supports from Cottonwood Inc., said if she didn’t receive assistance, “I would kind of be stuck at home.”

Michelle Garrison, who also receives services through Cottonwood, said she hoped legislators could end the waiting lists so that Kansans with disabilities could get out in the community and work. “They should be able to work,” she said.

More than 50 people from Cottonwood were at the rally.

Volunteers, in conjunction with the event, walked more than 16,000 miles in their communities in an effort to raise awareness. The event was sponsored by InterHab, a resource network for Kansans with disabilities.

Some of the Cottonwood Inc. employees at Wednesday's rally to fund services for Kansans with disabilities.

Some of the Cottonwood Inc. employees at Wednesday's rally to fund services for Kansans with disabilities.


Reason McLucus 8 years, 1 month ago

Why do they believe that those of us at the bottom of the income scale , including those with disabled relatives, should have to pay higher taxes?

These groups should stop allowing themselves to be used by Taxman Mr. Parkinson and his push for higher sales taxes on the poor. If they want to demonstrate for higher taxes they should make it clear that those higher taxes should be imposed on incomes over $50,000.

They should oppose an increase in the sales tax.

geekyhost 8 years, 1 month ago

I agree with you, but sadly there's no chance at all of getting a higher progressive tax. It will be hard enough to get a higher sales tax.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 1 month ago

Translation: "Don't gore my ox, go get those rich people!"

Shardwurm 8 years, 1 month ago

I have plenty of money left. At least 50 percent of my income is available after the current taxes...I don't want to be selfish.

geekyhost 8 years, 1 month ago

I got a huge return this year. Bigger than last year's. I was actually a bit ticked off. As much as I like that money, I want kids with disabilities to get an education.

Right now they're discussing tax cuts that would make Kansas ineligible for parts of federal IDEA funding, so we'd lose more than a dollar for every dollar cut. Brilliant.

mr_right_wing 8 years, 1 month ago

Leave my taxes alone and tax PORN! We have 'sin tax'; we tax cigarettes and alcohol...think of the income we could get from websites, videos/ppv, magazines and strip clubs. (Yes, as someone pointed out last time I mentioned this -- a "pole" tax!)

Hit up the perverts for more cash and leave me alone! Does the word "turnip" mean anything to you?

IndusRiver 8 years, 1 month ago

It's fraud. 100% fraud. I am disabled and nobody told me anything about this. I've never heard of these groups who supposedly "represent" me, either. Never. But I do know that the head of DCCCA goes on cruises all of the time. That's one place where the money goes. Because I never see it, and I sure don't get whatever services they talk about.

FRAUD. May as well just call it what it is.

whats_going_on 8 years, 1 month ago

you've never heard of Cottonwood? If you are disabled and live in this area you should really check it out, it is a GREAT organization. I'm not being sarcastic, it helps people out so much. People who otherwise might not be able to work and would be stuck at home are instead out being productive and helpful, while earning (albeit a small) income to help pay for their care. Plus, if needed, they have people who are employed by the company to help out those who need assistance, either at the jobsite or at home.

IndusRiver 8 years, 1 month ago

At the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority I also know that the staff who supposedly don't make much have all bought nice new cars. They also apparently make enough for that and buy new houses.

Where in the hell is oversight? Where are the Feds? Where???

mr_right_wing 8 years, 1 month ago

Wellllllll.....just to be completely fair. I'm guessing they probably did not pay cash for either. Probably put themselves in debt = got a loan, but they figured it was just something the 'had' to have. They are probably just like the rest of us who live paycheck-to-paycheck and sometimes buy something we really can't afford....

BUT, that isn't any kind of reason to raise our taxes!!!

IndusRiver 8 years, 1 month ago

How about if certain LDCHA staff worked to financially compensate past and present tenants whose private property has been stolen by LDCHA staff?

whats_going_on 8 years, 1 month ago

While I don't like paying taxes any more than the next person, these programs are fantastic for those who are physically and/or mentally disabled. If Cottonwood and other's like it weren't around, these people might be stuck in homes, virtually being forgotton by society. Cottonwood is like an outsource for easy, contract labor that can be done by those who might not be qualified or physically can't perform other jobs. Therefore these citizens are out in the community, actually working and making an income of their own instead of merely sitting at home using up more taxpayer funds.

For those so adamant about making fun of or speaking out against these people/organizations, decide whether you'd rather see them trying to help themselves and others by working and doing odd jobs that otherwise wouldn't probably be done, while increasing their social, emotional, and mental selves...or if you'd rather them just sit in a nursing home or group home with a very low quality of life.

If you just don't care and still have no compassion for them...well then I suppose I don't really even need to say anything to prove a point.

IndusRiver 8 years, 1 month ago

Since mental health issues are created by the system (by the years of terror tactics and abuse) I guess it stands to reason then that mental health providers should get a pass every time they rape the taxpayers for their money on top of stealing the money (and property) that belongs to the clients.

I also hold the conviction that when corrupt housing authority employees, along with the deviates who work at Bert Nash, create conditions that force people into homelessness as the way to silence those people that it should be rightfully called attempted murder. Because once they force people into this homeless condition is when they really abandon them - leave them to die in other words. But these so-called coalitions for the homeless are all about raping the taxpayer, and not one thing else.

whats_going_on 8 years ago

by mental illness...I mean mentally retarded, not clinically depressed.

IndusRiver 8 years, 1 month ago

There are three lines of self-defense and self-protection in this country:

  1. Lawyers
  2. Guns
  3. Money

Well, let's see, two at least aren't options.

SpunKey 8 years, 1 month ago

This HEADLINE is so trashy it is confusing! Did the writer ever go to any journalism classes?

  • don't repeat words (for, for)
  • use adjectives or adverbs instead of prepositional phrases
  • if you must kill space... give us more info not "filler words"!

parrothead8 8 years, 1 month ago

I didn't even look at it, but you're right, it is a pretty poor headline. A more concise headline might have read: Rally supports funding programs for disabled Kansans

IndusRiver 8 years, 1 month ago

LDCHA Links to Community Resources

785-842-0729 708 Elm Street, Lawrence KS

BERT NASH 785-843-9792 200 Maine St, Lawrence KS

CHRISTIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES 785-843-2429 3510 Clinton Pl #320, Lawrence, KS

DCCCA 785-841-4138 3312 Clinton Pkwy, Lawrence, KS

DOUGLAS COUNTY CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION 785-842-9679 (toll free) 866-352-1531 935 Iowa St, Lawrence, KS

DOUGLAS COUNTY DENTAL CLINIC 785-312-7770 316 Maine St, Lawrence, KS

DOUGLAS COUNTY SENIOR SERVICES 785-842-0543 745 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS

ECKAN 785-841-3357 2518 Ridge Court #103, Lawrence, KS

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY CENTER 785-969-1018 305 Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Lawrence, KS

785-843-0020 1330 Kasold Drive, Lawrence, KS

HEADQUARTERS 785-841-2345 (toll free) 888-899-2345

HEALTH CARE ACCESS 785-841-5760 1920 Moodie Rd, Lawrence, KS

HEARTLAND WORKS 785-840-9675 1540 Iowa St, Suite R, Lawrence, KS

INDEPENDENCE INCORPORATED 785-841-0333 2001 Haskell Ave, Lawrence, KS


LAWRENCE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 785-865-4411 734 Vermont, Suite 101, Lawrence, KS

LAWRENCE-DOUGLAS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Office 785-843-3161 Clinic 785-843-2930 200 Maine Street, Suite B, Lawrence KS

LAWRENCE WORKFORCE CENTER 785-843-9675 2540 Iowa St #R, Lawrence, KS

THE LEO CENTER 785-841-7297 1 Riverfront Plaza, Lower Level East, 6th & New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS

MOTHER TO MOTHER 785-841-0838 536 Fireside Ct Ste D, Lawrence, KS

Mon - Fri 1- 4 p.m.
785-842-0440 1035 Pennsylvania, Lawrence, KS

Mon – Fri 8:30 – 4:30p.m.
785-843-4188 946 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS

785-843-1666 1011 Vermont, Lawrence, KS

IndusRiver 8 years, 1 month ago

Rally Supports Welfare Fraud, i.e., The "Advocates"

Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

Sen Bill Frist family fraud against Medicare:

Those white collar criminals are everywhere:

"The government‘s case was that HCA kept two sets of books and fraudulently overbilled the government. The deal meant that HCA agreed to pay the government $631 million for its lucrative scams -- which, on top of previous fines, brought the total government penalties against the health-care conglomerate to a whopping $1.7 billion, the largest fraud settlement in history, breaking the old record set by Drexel Burnham.

The deal also meant that HCA can continue to participate in Medicare. And, as part of the Bushies’ deal shutting down what Deputy Assistant FBI Director Thomas Kubic called “one of the FBI‘s highest-priority white-collar crime investigations,” no criminal charges were brought against the top HCA execs who presided over the illegal bilking of federal programs designed to aid the poor -- and that includes Senator Frist’s brother, Thomas, HCA‘s former CEO (and current director), who’s been described by Forbes magazine as “one of the richest men in America,” with a personal fortune estimated at close to $2 billion.

What did HCA do? It inflated its expenses and billed the government for the overrun; it billed the government for services ineligible for reimbursement (like advertising and marketing costs). HCA violated both law and medical ethics when, as Forbes put it, “the company increased Medicare billings by exaggerating the seriousness of the illnesses they were treating. It also granted doctors partnerships in a company hospitals as a kickback for the doctors‘ referring patients to HCA. In addition, it gave doctors ’loans‘ that were never expected to be paid back, free rent, free office furniture -- and free drugs from hospital pharmacies.”

jafs 8 years ago

I don't know about the other organizations, but Cottonwood is excellent.

There is a tremendous amount of oversight/regulation by the state and federal government,. some of which is unnecessary, in my view.

They manage to serve their clients even when funding is tight - management often forgoes their normal raises in order to prevent cutting services.

If there were anywhere near the amount of government oversight of the big dollar items, like defense, etc.we'd find a lot of waste there. The total amount of funding for social services is a tiny little piece of the pie.

IndusRiver 8 years ago

Next month I have no choice but to abandon my housing because the dollar amount of the fraud and theft that has been committed by LDCHA staff since December of last year now exceeds my rent. Since I have no protections/rights as a tenant I am deducting what the LDCHA owes me from the rent. In other words, I am taking what they have stolen back.

Cottonwood apparently has no ties to the LDCHA.

IndusRiver 8 years ago


This is one of the things I have said before is that clients are not all as disabled as the guy in the wheelchair but disabled still. I'm saying that we aren't the ones who go asking for money. These "advocates" ask for it. These advocates get people elected who will give it to them. The disabled are busy trying just to stay alive. And we're not at Cottonwood so I probably should have drawn that distinction earlier. And we do not support The Shelter. We don't support any of this. We see and we know what the system does to families and individuals with or without money. Young families and people who enter the system are often dead or incarcerated by the age 50 and that's because they can't get out of it as long as these people and places that I've named keep being funded!

ivalueamerica 8 years ago

For every dollar we invest in helping people with disabilities become more independent, we save aboiut 2.80 in future entitlements.

Simple math folks, if we defund disability services, we all pay more in taxes in the long run.

IndusRiver 8 years ago

The point being - this money is being channeled to support the greed that the fraud takes in, that is, as far as the housing authority goes. We will see more, thousands more, disabled people on the welfare rolls as the years go by. Many of these will be healthy people lured into the system, typically through the school and then the mental health system.

It costs billions each year to house and warehouse these people along with their so-called advocates whose lifestyles are insanely more expensive. Wait until it starts to cost a trillion. It won't be long.

Some of the funding supporters are, however, hopeful that a pittance will be returned over time.

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