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ATK Participates in One Day. One KU on February 20, 2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) selected for One Day. One KU

Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) is one of three KU Life Span Institute programs selected to participate in the upcoming One Day. One KU all university 24-hour giving campaign on February 20, 2019.

How can you help? A donation of any amount given on February 20 to the Assistive Technology for Kansans project will help show support of the programs that ATK offers statewide as well as funding the ATK home automation demonstration center. For more information go to the exact link for the KU Life Span Institute page at https://kansas.scalefunder.com/gday/giving-day/10157/department/11813.

Help Kansans with disabilities to be independent. The Assistive Technology for Kansans program helps citizens test adaptive technologies before buying them, to determine what will work best before investing in equipment. To provide individuals with disabilities with options for personal and home safety, ATK staff will create two home automation demonstration centers. These centers will show how security features can help individuals with disabilities live independently in their homes.

A gift to ATK will be used to purchase home automation equipment that, for example, can alert people that visitors are approaching the home, systems that help control actions inside the house, as well as, health monitoring options. The ATK home automation demonstration center will highlight a variety of home control actions such as changing the temperature, raising or lowering the blinds, using the TV, phone, or computer. Stable health is a big factor in living at home and health monitoring systems will be available to “try before you buy.” Assistive technology specialists available statewide with offices at five regional AT Access Sites will help individuals identify needs, demonstrate a range of options to meet these needs, as well as assistance in identifying funding opportunities.

ATK programs are guided by an advisory council of state policymakers and individuals who use assistive technology. Their experiences and input are valuable in making the home automation demonstration centers reflect the needs of Kansans.

Consider supporting Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) on February 20. To learn more about the scope and activities of the ATK program, visit our website at www.atk.ku.edu.

Two additional LSI programs participating in One Day. One KU are:

            Pave the way for academic success in infancy. Increasing the interactive talk between very young children and their caregivers is a key factor in early brain and behavioral development, and it has been shown to contribute directly to academic achievement and success in school and beyond. Through the PC Talk program, researchers at the Juniper Gardens Children's Project help parents and caregivers learn and become proficient at using communication strategies in their daily routines to increase language learning opportunities that infants and young children have at home and in child care. Gifts for this project will support development of a suite of online videos in English and Spanish and an app to help teach these strategies to parents and caregivers.

            Foster healthy child development in area Native American communities. Speech-language pathologist Joshuaa Allison-Burbank and KU graduate students work with Native American families living in rural and urban Kansas communities to identify the needs of parents and unite them with resources. Among the topics addressed at these child development summits held in Kansas tribal communities are developmental disabilities, speech delay or hearing problems, early intervention options, and identifying parenting strategies to address behavior issues. Help expand this program to serve 150 families through three summits in northeast Kansas.

To participate in the 2019 One Day. One KU giving event, see instructions below.

The exact link to the KU Life Span Institute page is https://kansas.scalefunder.com/gday/giving-day/10157/department/11813.

·      The GIVE NOW button on the One Day One KU page for the Life Span Institute doesn’t turn on until midnight on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. It will be very obvious that day.

·      The GIVE NOW button will be right next to the countdown clock on the banner image (desktop computer view) and at the bottom of the screen (mobile devices).

·       If someone clicks on the GIVE NOW button on the Life Span page, “Life Span Institute” will be prepopulated under “School or Unit.” Donors will then select from the following four fund designations –

o   “Child Development Summits,”

o   “PC Talk Program,”

o   “Assistive Technology for Kansans” and

o   “Other. If someone selects “Other,” a box will appear for them to write-in their fund designation.


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