Fifty Remarkable Years

One of my favorite Christmas movies is Frank Capra's classic "It's a Wonderful Life". The movie's despondent main character, George Bailey, is afforded an unique opportunity to see what the world would be like if he'd never existed. His contributions to his world were profound, but not immediately evident, because of the subtle nature of the actions he'd taken over time. 

Recently, the world recognized the 50th anniversary of mankind's first steps on the moon. A remarkable event that is easy to acknowledge for its impact on history. However, despite the spectacle, did it really change the world for the better? 

I prefer the George Bailey approach to making our world better. That's what InterHab represents to me as I think back on our first 50 years. I know that the IDD system in Kansas would be profoundly different had it not been for the work of InterHab's members in pushing for a future defined by independence, inclusion, integration and productivity. 

Our collective work under the banner of InterHab has made our world a profoundly better place for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our members' dedication can best be summed up by the George Bernard Shaw quote that, "You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream of things that never were; and I say "Why not?"

Second Quarter Update

First Quarter Update

Check out what has been taking place in the first quarter of 2019! 

HB 2044 Signed into law

Yesterday afternoon, HB 2044 (income tax credit for taxpayer purchases of certain goods and services from qualified vendors providing employment for blind or disabled individuals) was signed into law!

Congratulations to Pat Jonas and Pat Terick of CPRF for their incredibly hard work on this bill!

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InterHab to hold legislative advocacy rally March 26

TOPEKA, KAN. – InterHab, Inc., the statewide association for developmental disability service providers, will host its annual Advocacy Day on Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019. More than 600 Kansans with developmental disabilities, their friends and family, as well as disability advocates from across the state are registered to meet in the state capitol at 9:30 a.m.

The annual event is a day for attendees to call on the legislature to enact laws and policies that will improve and sustain services provided to more than 9,000 Kansans with developmental disabilities—services necessary for them to live independent and inclusive lives in their home communities.

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Congrats to t-shirt design winner - Brad Friedman!

Please join us in congratulating Brad Friedman, JCDS in his t-shirt design win! We are thrilled to have a consumer design on our 2019 Advocacy Day t-shirt and can't wait to wear them on March 26 at the Capitol. 

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David's Job Story

David cleans the Adult Service building three times a week. He does tasks such as vacuuming, dusting, taking out the trash and moping the floors.

Thank you Lakemary Center for sharing his story!

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Power Up! 2019

Dementia: Communication Tips and Effective Day/Activity Structures

Participants will learn how communication is affected by dementia, as well as tips to overcome these communication deficits and declines. Common behavior triggers will also be discussed, and how behaviors are often related to a person’s ability to communicate, or are a function of communication in and of themselves. This session will also discuss ways to structure day programs and activities for those with dementia in order to provide a consistent, predictable, and calm environment that promotes engagement and quality of life.

Networking Across the State

Networking helps develop and improve your skill set, stay on top of the latest trends in your field, meet prospective mentors, partners, and clients, and gain access to the necessary resources that will help your career development.

InterHab offers an added value to your membership and assists in fostering the exchange of information and ideas among individuals and groups that share common interests through our resource networks. Throughout the past five decades, InterHab resource networks have been key in the development of I/DD strategy across the state of Kansas, not to mention an incredible resource for I/DD employees of all types.

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Disability Integration Act Would Prohibit Wait Lists

The Disability Integration Act would prohibit states from imposing waiting lists, cost caps, and other policies which are currently different than those in place for institutional care. 

The bill would ensure that people with disabilities would have the right to access services in their own homes, rather than in an institution. 

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When the Sky is the Limit

Update from the Executive Director: 

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InterHab 2018 Wrap Up

A last look at our work in 2018 and a huge thank you to everyone on the InterHab team - we couldn't do it without you!

Connor's Job Story

Connor is a clubhouse attendant at a brand new facility in Lenexa Kansas, Canyon Farms Clubhouse and is a Project Search 2018 Graduate. He keeps the clubhouse workout room, locker rooms, restrooms and walkways looking great, and collects the hand and bath towels to wash, fold and return back to proper places.

Thank you Johnson County Developmental Supports - JCDS for sharing Connor's story!

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Emerson's Job Story

Emerson works hard doing 20 hours of dish washing at Tallgrass Creek Retirement. He is a Project Search 2018 Graduate and has excelled in his job since August 2018.

Thank you for sharing Johnson County Developmental Supports - JCDS!

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The More Things Change…

Update from the Executive Director: 

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Welcome Matt Fletcher!

Johnson County Developmental Supports shared this story with us as Matt left the team at JCDS and joined our team here at InterHab!

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