Kansas City Ability Expo more than doubles health mission

Free event focuses on Obamacare, good wheelchairs and more

Freelance writer/editor

KANSAS CITY — Hometown President Harry Truman once said a “pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”

Folks at the Greater Kansas City Spinal Cord Injury Association embrace Truman’s words and want to bring together those optimists who seek to make opportunities out of difficulties.

Join people with disabilities for the Fourth Annual Kansas City Ability Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park. Admission is free. Continue reading

Prairie Village man to discuss his KanCare experience

National Council on Disability wants to gauge managed care in Kansas

Freelance writer/editor

KANSAS CITY — The President’s National Council on Disability is scheduled to come to Topeka this month to hold panel hearings on how well the state’s new managed-care program is faring in Kansas.

As a Prairie Village resident, KanCare state Medicaid recipient, national advocate for people with disabilities and policy adviser for the Greater Kansas City Spinal Cord Injury Association, I will join panel discussions held Oct. 8 at the state Capitol to discuss my experience with the state’s new managed-care program.

Under new managed-care rules to crack down on “abuse,” my family faces a 76 percent drop in care, a move doctors say is wildly unrealistic and a move my wife says will force her to file for divorce and as a result, tear our family apart. Continue reading

Safety Awareness Seminar at Shawnee Mission West Oct. 16

The Kelsey Smith Foundation will present a Safety Awareness Seminar (SAS) at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Shawnee Mission West High School, 8800 W. 85th Street, Overland Park.

This SAS will be for the Freshman and Sophomore classes.

The SAS provides cutting edge, real world information that can be implemented to enhance personal safety for youth, young adults and adults.

The SAS is constantly updated with the newest information and research providing the latest in safety and awareness techniques that work in your daily life. Interested organization should contact the Kelsey Smith Foundation at 913.383.1751 or using the SAS Request Form located under the Get Involved Tab on our website.

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