Jeanette Graue, K-Loan Alternative Finance Manager, presented information about the K-Loan program at the 14th Kansas Disability Caucus, August 2018 in Topeka. At the Caucus, attendees gather information about topics of interest, discuss issues that affect their lives, and learn new solutions to barriers they face. A popular topic is money management and that is a subject close to Jeanette’s heart. The K-Loan program offers low interest loans designed to help individuals with chronic health problems or disabilities obtain a variety of equipment that can be used at home, school, or on the job. (http://k-loan.net/)
Jeanette’s 2018 presentation was well received and as it turned out, better than she had imagined. In February 2019, Jeanette received an inquiry from a person who had been in the audience at the presentation in August. This person was so impressed with the K-Loan mission and scope of services that she wanted to know if she could name K-Loan as a beneficiary in her will. Jeanette said yes and wished her good health, and later said, “What an unexpected surprise that phone call was. For someone who has benefitted from assistive technology herself and then to pay it forward is just wonderful. I know many people will be helped by her generosity.”
Sara Sack, K-Loan Project Director, observed, “Having access to assistive technology--hearing aids to help you hear better so you stay active and involved in your community; an adapted vehicle so you or a loved one can travel to work, school, or wherever you want to go; or vision devices to help you capture the information you need for health, safety, or pleasure—is so important. Being able to finance those purchases over time makes acquiring the technology possible and may help borrowers build a positive credit record. K-Loan is such an incredible program and to have someone recognize the power that financial independence can give is life-changing.”
Previously, Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) was named a beneficiary for Gerald "Jerry" Vogel’s estate. The Vogel Fund was established to help individuals purchase assistive technology according to established guidelines. More information is available at the ATK website http://atk.ku.edu/jerry-vogel-assistive-technology-fund.