Highlights FY 2017
Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) served 3,844 Kansans with disabilities and chronic health conditions at six sites where individuals accessed more than 5,809 assistive technology (AT) services and acquired nearly 2,400 AT devices valued at more than $1.4 million.
Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) provided training and individualized technical assistance (TA) to 106 teachers/ administrators resulting in a potential impact on 1,925 children and families. In addition, 1,040 professionals were engaged in other training/professional development events.
KCCTO-KITS ITSN. KITS, in collaboration with KCCTO, Inc., is providing statewide training and technical assistance (TA) for childcare providers. This project focuses on increasing access to and quality of child care services. In this initial year the project provided support to 547 providers.
Southeast Kansas Respite Services, associated with the Life Span Institute at Parsons, provided respite, supportive home care, payee, and homemaker services to 124 families for a total of 41,600 hours, as well as, managing the Social Security benefits for 170 customers in FY 2017. Through a crisis intervention program for persons with intellectual disabilities and mental illness, institutionalization was prevented for 33 individuals.
LSI Parsons Research Center. Through collaborative research, a Parsons PI is working to develop novel pre-clinical models to understand and develop treatments for self-injurious and aggressive behavior in individuals with developmental disabilities by combining clinical and laboratory research.