CALENDAR

Family & Resources

by | Jul 7, 2016 |

Family

Families play a critical role in the continued success and growth of Special Olympics Kansas. Family members can be volunteers, coaches, fundraisers, speakers.

Family members of SOKS athletes are offered an opportunity to discover a community of sharing, and caring friends who join them in celebrating the achievements of their loved ones. They are a constant source of support and encouragement for their athletes. Family members/guardians are asked to adhere to the SOKS Code of Conduct. sgfamilycompressed

SOKS believes in the bright future of our athletes. Together we can realize the goal of bringing all persons with intellectual disabilities into a community where they are accepted, respected, and productive citizens.

Family Opportunities

New Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center

New Horizons is a Therapeutic Riding Center in Rantoul, KS, providing individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities opportunities to experience equestrian riding skills, while improving communication, physical strength and interaction with horses in an atmosphere that is both fun and challenging. Visit www.newhorizonranch.org for more information. Day camps are offered during the summer.

2014-2016 State Plan for Independent Living

Statewide public hearings were held in May providing an opportunity for persons with disabilities, advocates and stakeholders to offer input on its 2014-2016 State Plan for Independent Living.

Participants had the opportunity to provide input on a variety of issues including:

  • Priorities for use of federal independent living funds
  • Identification of unmet independent living service needs
  • Other priorities for the independent living community

For more information about the State Plan contact: Maia Ruby-Clemmons
Maia.RubyClemmons@dcf.ks.gov
Independent Living Program Manager
785-368-8266 phone

KanCare

If you want guidance on where to find Managed Health Care information under KanCare contact Lois Ferguson at 913-826-2364 or lois.ferguson@jocogov.org.

KU Weightloss Program

Staff employed by the University of Kansas have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to promote weight loss in persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This unique program provides the following:

  • Free individualized training on one of two proven diet plans
  • A simple program of exercise
  • Monthly follow along counseling while on the diet
  • Visual aids that indicate whether the dieter is following the diet and likely
    meeting the calorie range for weight loss
  • A simple method for recording foods and beverages consumed during the
    month
  • Payment for keeping the record of food and beverages consumed

Participants must be at least 18 years of age, in the overweight or obese range, able to participate in a simple exercise program, and able to communicate to others about their preferences and the diet assigned. Participants must live within 50 miles of Lawrence, KS. For more information, please contact Richard Saunders at rrsaun@ku.edu or 913-579-6043 during work hours.

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