In less than one week, perhaps the most pivotal election in our lifetime will occur here in Kansas. What’s at stake? The future of Kansas I/DD services.
Sounds like hyperbole, right? Consider however:
- The past four years have ushered in highly disruptive changes to the Kansas I/DD service system.
- The next State administration will be responsible for interpreting potentially significant changes in federal rules pertaining to I/DD funding.
- The Kansas I/DD service system hasn't received an increase in reimbursement rates for seven years.
As advocates, we want to change the world for the better on behalf of Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. However, that advocacy process begins with exercising our civic duty as voters—to select and elect candidates for office who will make decisions in support of these vital Kansans.
So, begin with the question, “Who are the candidates that support issues that are important for Kansans with I/DD?” Do the research and find out where candidates stand on these important issues. Circle November 4th on your calendar. It’s the day you could help make Kansas a better place for persons with I/DD. It’s the day you will vote.