Services to meet with stakeholders to solicit input for state planning
Topeka –The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS),
division of Rehabilitation Services (KRS) is hosting a series of stakeholder
meetings to solicit stakeholder input in the state planning process.
Director Michael Donnelly will discuss the KRS strategic goals, which
- Kansans with disabilities will achieve quality employment and
- KRS, its providers and partners will be accountable for the achievement of
employment and the effective use of resources.
- KRS will emphasize the employment potential of students with disabilities
and improve the outreach and outcomes for transition-aged students.
- KRS will emphasize the meaningful involvement of people with disabilities,
public/private partners, employers and other stakeholders in KRS programs,
services and activities.
“I’m pleased to have this opportunity and hope that we have a good turnout of
individuals interested in employment and vocational rehabilitation services for
people with disabilities,” said Donnelly. “Whether you are a person with a
disability, a family member, service provider, school official or advocate, I
hope you come and participate.”
The meetings will focus on gathering input regarding stakeholder knowledge
and experience of the needs of Kansans with disabilities, views about the
strengths of KRS programs and services, suggestions for improvement of programs
and customer service, and opportunities for greater collaboration with other
stakeholders and organizations.
“I’m very interested in hearing about the employment experiences of people
with disabilities,” he said. “For those who have received services from KRS,
I’d like to hear what you think about our services as well as your ideas about
how we can improve. We will use the information gathered to help us implement
our strategic goals and to enhance services for people with disabilities.”
Previous meetings have been held in Hutchinson, Wichita and Topeka. Future
meetings are planned for:
April 15, 2008 – Hays April 16, 2008 – Liberal
Holiday Inn Rooms SU-214 East and West
3603 Vine Street Seward Community
College 1801 N KansasApril 29, 2008 – Parsons April 30, 2008 – Overland Park
Room Sunflower Rooms East
Parsons SRS Service Center Overland Park SRS Service Center
300 N. 17th
All meetings will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. To request reasonable
accommodations, please contact Frances Smith at 785-368-7488 or toll-free
1-866-213-9079. Persons who use a TTY may call Megan Essary toll-free at
Individuals with disabilities who are interested in learning more about how
KRS services can help them achieve their employment goals may contact their
local SRS Service Center or call 1-888-369-4777.