Highlights FY 2016
Assistive Technology for Kansans provided AT services to 83 infants and toddlers with disabilities and their family members; 157 adults with disabilities who were retraining or obtaining part-time or full-time employment; 92 farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities; and 1,306 seniors needing services to stay in their homes and/or to be active in their communities in FY 2016.
Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS), the state's inservice training program for early intervention professionals, provided training and technical assistance for early intervention and early childhood special education programs in Kansas last year reaching 2,205 teachers, related service providers, and administrators.
Southeast Kansas Respite Services, associated with the Life Span Institute at Parsons, provided respite, supportive home care, payee, and homemaker services to 140 families for a total of 35,797.25 hours, as well as, managing the Social Security benefits for 165 customers in FY 2016.
LSI Parsons Research Center is developing training procedures to prepare children with hearing impairment and other disabilities to learn to respond to the tones used in hearing evaluations; is collaborating with investigators at Texas Tech University on an NIH grant to develop an instrument to assess individuals' transition difficulties that may trigger problem behavior; and continues research on reading with individuals with intellectual disabilities.