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Local Advocacy Group Holds Benefit Medical Equipment Drive for ATK-KEE Reuse

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

STAND advocacy group and advisors held a benefit equipment donation drive for ATK.The STAND (Support Teamwork Advocacy Now Determined) advocacy group held their first Durable Medical Equipment Donation Drive to benefit Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) KEE Reuse Program on Thursday, July 26 during the annual ADA Celebration on Main Street in Parsons. STAND is a member of the Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK). The statewide group challenged all Kansas advocacy groups to take on a community service project and all who did were given $100 toward the project. STAND chose KEE. (Pictured from left, Sheri Dixon, Amanda Ross & Aaron King, STAND members and advisor.)
            Previously ATK developed a Press Packet for project-sponsored medical equipment donation drives and project staff updated and adapted publicity materials for the STAND equipment drive. Using the materials and templates, STAND scored a front-page news story (Parsons Sun newspaper) about the equipment drive, a newspaper ad, radio spot, event flyers, an informational slide on the local TV channel, and information posted and shared by a variety of other supporters. The Parsons Lions Club stepped up to be an event co-sponsor and additionally, publicity materials included a request for donations of eyeglasses to the Lions Club.
            Stuart Jones, KEE Coordinator, met with STAND members interested in volunteering to help clean the donated equipment to meet KEE sanitization standards. The training was held at the Southeast AT Access Site with demonstrations on proper use of gloves, eye protection, and safe cleaning methods to protect volunteers and others.
            The equipment drive booth was situated near the STAND snow cone booth and the location proved beneficial for people with equipment to donate. STAND members were pleased with the results and following the event, KEE Coordinator Stuart Jones said, “The STAND Medical Equipment Drive was a huge success that brought in several pieces of durable medical equipment for the ATK-KEE Reuse Program. The equipment was sanitized by STAND volunteers and will be refurbished and given to individuals with disabilities. This turned out to be a great experience for the members of STAND and for ATK-KEE. I would like to thank the STAND members, the Lions Club, the Southeast AT Access Site and everyone involved in making the drive such a fun and productive event. A win-win overall!”
            Assistive Technology for Kansans is the statewide assistive technology program with five regional AT Access Sites (Topeka, Salina, Oakley, Wichita, and Parsons) and a Southwest Affiliate in Garden City. Since April 2003, reusing donated equipment has saved Kansas taxpayers over $10,000,000 through the KEE Reuse Program. Last year, 625 Kansans with disabilities or health conditions were given refurbished or repaired equipment from KEE Reuse providing increased independence and safety.
            The KEE Reuse Program is a cooperative program between Kansas Health Care Policy (Kansas Medicaid), the University of Kansas, and Assistive Technology for Kansans. Kansans of all ages who have a disability or health condition that impacts their independence, employment, or education are eligible. If you have unneeded durable medical equipment to donate, please call 800-526-3648 toll free. If you or someone you know needs durable medical equipment to be more independent at work, school, or play, please call 800-526-3648. Donated equipment is refurbished and given to Kansans who need it.

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