Highlights FY 2018
Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) served 3,355 Kansans with disabilities and chronic health conditions at six sites where individuals accessed more than 5,013 assistive technology (AT) services and acquired nearly 1,284 AT devices valued at more than $1,329,888. In FY 2018, 72 farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers were served by ATK AgrAbility Specialists statewide.
Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS) provided training and individualized technical assistance (TA) to 363 teachers / administrators resulting in a potential impact on 3,401 children and families. In addition, 1,256 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 over 1,700 providers.
Southeast Kansas Respite Services, associated with the Life Span Institute at Parsons, provided respite, supportive home care, payee, and homemaker services to 107 families for a total of 47,919.5 hours, as well as, managing the Social Security benefits for 170 customers in 12 counties. Through a crisis intervention program for persons with intellectual disabilities and mental illness, institutionalization was prevented for 27 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.