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Archive for Friday, April 6, 2012

Expo on services for those with disabilities planned

April 6, 2012, 4:30 p.m. Updated April 6, 2012, 5:12 p.m.

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Individuals with disabilities, their families and care givers will have a chance to gather information about service providers, organizations and support groups during the annual Community Resource Expo.

The expo will be held Wednesday, April 18, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive.

The expo is a chance to learn about accessing services, planning for future needs and meeting others with similar needs.

Participants can find information about services related to employment, independent living, learning opportunities, financial planning, guardianship, respite care, social activities and other topics. Organizations at the expo offer services for individuals from birth to adulthood.

Young adults who have created their own businesses will also be at the expo to share their learning experiences with developing business plans and securing start-up funds.

The expo is free and opened to anyone who has questions about disability or transition related services. Door prizes will be handed out.

Individuals who need accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, material in an alternative print format or language translators, should contact Lorna Larson at 832-6050, ext. 2467, or llarson@usd497.org. Larson can also be contacted for more information about the expo.

Comments

Kendall Simmons 2 years ago

Yes, someone is off their nut. A certain chronic complainer with a "physical limitation" who doesn't like being asked by anyone if he needs any help. (He particularly complains about being asked that on Mass. St.)

Of course, he's not going to admit that maybe...just maybe...he's being asked because he, at least occasionally, actually looks as though he might be able to use some assistance.

After all, why should he have to acknowledge any part in how he comes across to other people...right? It's all "their fault"...right? Because, of course, everyone who sees someone with a disability only sees the disability...right? Automatically assumes that the person is "helpless" - is "incapable" - "cannot" manage on their own...right? Yeesh.

And, of course, I'm being "insulting" by suggesting this. Suggesting that he might actually come across occasionally as needing help. Not as being helpless, mind you. But simply as someone who, at that moment, looks like he might be able to use some assistance ...leading someone to ask, as nothing more than a common courtesy.

Heck, if someone opens the door for me, I say "thank you". I don't assume they think I can't open the door for myself. If a young man offers to carry a box for me out to my car, I say "thank you". I don't assume he thinks I'm weak and helpless.

That's because, unlike 'Crabby Appleton' here, I view myself as a person first, last and foremost, so my self-worth is not threatened in the least by someone asking me if I need assistance. After all, being independent does not require doing everything by yourself. And accepting that people who kindly offer assistance are not automatically assuming you're incapable of doing things by yourself due to your "physical limitation".

Frankly, NOT assuming the worst about people sure as heck makes my life happier than the alternative! Crabby ought to try it sometime because he currently sounds like a miserably unhappy person.

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JM Andy 2 years ago

I someone off their nut? WTH are you talking about? This is a simple community fair to let people know what services and programs are out there. Get a life and a therapist.

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equalaccessprivacy 2 years ago

Huh? Kansas does not seem to require any services from competent, trained professionals. After all, every backwoods parent in the immediate area seems to train up their children to stalk anyone in public they perceive to have a physical limitation. Great "help" they give too, and everyone is just grateful beyond words! It's just so dignified and based on such good judgment, and respect of the dignity and privacy of others. Violating people's boundaries and singling them out for special dumbbell abuse is just so humane!

Patronizing attitudes are so well- programmed into the general citizenry no further services by actual informed so-called professionals should be needed, right? Training up your kids to make others the butt of backwoods ignorance therefore saves big money that otherwise would need to be spent for the general welfare and to ensure everyone receives opportunities based on their abilities instead of being limited by the despicable, aggressive prejudices of the average hateful, plug-stupid Kansan.

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