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    The Whole Person, Inc.

The Whole Story

3420 Broadway Street, Suite 105 Kansas City, MO 64111 Volume 25, No. 1 Spring Inside this issue: 2008 Main 816 561 0304

     Fax 816 753 8163 Accessibility Compliance Toll Free 800 878 3037 Department Training 2 2 TTY 816 627 2202 Service to Mankind Award

    11015 E. 39th Street, Suite 25 Accessible Pedestrian 3 Independence, MO 64052 Signals Main 816 358 5310 Money Follows the Person 4 Fax 816 358 2036

    Toll Free 800 414 6694 TTY 816 358 3731 Kansas Governor’s Award 5

    7301 Mission Road, Suite 135 Prairie Village, KS 66208 Lamp Project 6 Main 913 262 1294 The Whole Person, Inc. Independence Location Fax 913 262 2392 What’s Happening 7 of Toll Free 877 767 8896

    TTY 913 262 1294 Whole Person on the Move

    In October 2007, The Whole Person, Inc. relocated their

    Midtown Kansas City office to 3420 Broadway Street, Suite

    105, Kansas City, MO 64111. The Whole Person had

    been located at 114 W. Gregory for about 18 months, and

    prior to that the office was located at the corner of Armour

    and Gillham roads.

    “We were looking for ground floor office space in mid-town, Midtown Location of near the people we serve. The office space had to be The Whole Person, Inc

    accessible and big enough to meet our pre-

    sent needs,” stated David Robinson, Executive Director of

    The Whole Person. “The staff is very satisfied with our

    present location.”

    We invite all of our readers to stop in to visit. The new office

    is located on the first floor of the Missouri Gas and Energy

    Building on the west side of Broadway, about two blocks

    west of the MAX bus line. The building is very secure. The

    building and grounds are well maintained. When you enter

    the building, you will need to sign in at the security desk.

    Prairie Village Location of

    The Whole Person, Inc.

Accessibility Compliance Department Training

    Making Kansas City a more livable city by checking on accessibility and promoting

    accessibility in the Kansas City metropolitan area is the primary focus of the Accessibility

    Compliance Department of The Whole Person. “There shouldn’t be barriers that keep people from fully participating,” states Bonnie Payberah, the director of accessibility

    compliance.

    The Accessibility Compliance Department advocates for change to existing structures, as

    well as for building permits to meet Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing

    guidelines and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. In the past, they have

    worked mostly with businesses. However, this spring there will be a training session for consumers about their rights and how they can become more involved in the movement to

    improve accessibility. To learn more about this training opportunity, contact Bonnie Payberah, Faye Skidmore, Accessibility Compliance Specialist, or Jennifer Nugent,

    Accessibility Legal Consultant at The Whole Person.

    2007 2008 Service to Mankind Award

    The Sertoma Club of Johnson County presented J.J. Jones with their Service to Mankind Award for 2007 -2008. J.J. has been a Deaf advocate for The Whole Person since September of 1997. One merely needs to glimpse into J.J.’s office at The Whole Person

    to feel the energy of his love for sports, mime, and Deaf life. His three dimensional

    wallpaper includes hundreds of autographed photographs of celebrities. There are sports heroes including Mickey Mantle, Kenny Walker, Jerry Lumpe, Kansas City’s own Buck

    O’Neill, and others. He has numerous photographs of himself with famous mime, Marcel Marceau.

    J.J.’s service to Sertoma has primarily been his participation in the baseball camp for deaf and hard of hearing children. The camp recruits kids from ages 7 14 from the entire

    Kansas City metro area. The campers learn fielding, pitching, batting and most importantly fellowship with other deaf children. J.J. says that it is fun to watch the children grow over the years. The kids love the door prizes from J.J.’s autographed photo collection. J.J.

    also provides each child with a souvenir camp photo. Special visitors to the camp include Kenny Walker, a former deaf player for the Denver Broncos, and Jerry Lumpe, a former player for the New York Yankees.

    The headquarters for Sertoma is located in Kansas City. Sertoma’s primary service

    project is assisting the more than 50 million people with speech, hearing and language disorders. Sertoma also sponsors community projects to promote freedom and democracy,

    to assist youth and to benefit a variety of other local community needs, as identified by the individual clubs.” (www.sertoma.org) J.J has been active in the Sertoma organization since

    1997.

    J.J. states that, “I had wonderful role models in my life and it is my time to pay them back and pass it on. It is important to be a good role model to these children so they can become good role models in the future. We need to teach them to become leaders.”

Accessible Pedestrian Signal Installed at Broadway

    and Armour

    Imagine for a moment waking up in the morning not knowing if you will be able to make it to work without being hit by a car! Patrick Palmer, Senior Disability Rights Advocate at The Whole Person, lives that nightmare daily. Palmer was “bumped” by moving vehicles twice

    and his guide dog was “bumped” once.

    Recently, driver behavior and technology have made intersections more difficult to cross. Cars, including hybrid cars, have become quieter, making them harder to hear when

    approaching an intersection. Drivers are more aggressive and are less likely to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Drivers are also more distracted with cell phones and texting while driving.

    When The Whole Person relocated to 3420 Broadway, Palmer was fearful for himself and

    his guide dog. Crossing the five lanes of traffic on Broadway at Armour seems a challenge even for sighted pedestrians. There are pedestrian signals there, but the signals are not accessible pedestrian signals. Palmer requested the installation of an accessible

    pedestrian signal at Armour and Broadway on 10/3/07. To place an accessible pedestrian signal, the city requires that the request be submitted to the Public Improvement Advisory Committee (PIAC). Based on the committee’s findings, the request is then forwarded to

    the mayor’s office and to city council. After numerous phone calls and e-mails to public

    works, city council, the ADA specialist of Kansas City, and finally Fox 4 News Problem Solvers, funding was approved in late-November 2007. The accessible pedestrian signal

    was installed in late January 2008. Palmer now feels comfortable and safe crossing the five lanes of traffic at Broadway and Armor.

    Prior to February, there were only four accessible pedestrian signals in Kansas City.

    According to Mehrdad Nourani, area superintendent of traffic operations, the signals are ththrdlocated at 75 and Prospect, 59 and Brookside, 63 and Main, and Independence and

    VanBrunt. Is an accessible pedestrian signal an improvement or a reasonable

    accommodation? If an intersection is hazardous enough for a pedestrian signal to be

    placed, would it not be reasonable that it would be even more dangerous for a blind person? Requests for additional accessible pedestrian signals were submitted in September of 2007 thrdfor the following intersections: 47 and Nichols, 63 and Brook-side, Gregory and Wornall, thand 75 and Wornall. Because of their expense, the present accessible pedestrian signals

    are set up to cross in one direction only.

    What is an Accessible Pedestrian Signal?

    Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) are also known as audible pedestrian traffic signals.

    They communicate information about pedestrian timing in a non-visual format. APS can

    provide information about the existence and location of the pushbutton, the beginning of the

    walk interval, the direction of the crosswalk, and the location of the destination curb. They can also provide information about the geometry of the intersection through maps,

    diagrams or speech, intersection street names in Braille, raised print, or speech, and intersection signalization.

    The Money Follows the Person

    In a democratic, free-market based society, what could make more sense than allowing a person as much control as possible over the money earmarked to provide them with their

    disability related support services? The Money Follows the Person (MFP) project is working to live up to this American ideal

    MFP is a demonstration program designed to allow people with disabilities living in an institutional (nursing home) setting to move into their own home if they so wish. The money being used for institutional care will now be used to support people at home and the consumers are in charge of making their own decisions.

    Mary Pat Mahoney is a Disability Rights Advocate at The Whole Person. She has been instrumental in the implementation of Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing

    Demonstration. MFP currently exists in Missouri and 16 other states to remove financial

    barriers for individuals wishing to move out of nursing homes and into the community. MFP provides money for approved individuals for rent, utilities, durable medical equipment (DME)

    and durable household equipment. The approval process includes a referral to the

    Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). DHSS contacts the applicant and performs an assessment of personal care needs. An applicant will be asked to complete several surveys prior to and after approval. Consumer direction is the focus of the

    program. The consumers are in charge of making their own decisions.

    MFP in Missouri will be expanding. Over the next 5 years, there will be a transition of a

    minimum of 250 individuals moving into the community from State Habitation and Nursing Facilities. This includes the elderly (50), individuals with developmental and psychiatric disabilities (125), and those with physical disabilities (50). It also includes 25 individuals

    with dual disabilities. There will be improvement to access to a variety of important transition services and community services. There will be improvement of the Missouri

    Medicaid program to continue provision of home and community based long-term care

    services to individuals who choose to transition from institutional to community settings following this demonstration. This demonstration will address existing barriers to money following the person from institution to community settings to fund needed community supports and will increase opportunities for individuals to self-direct their community

    services and supports. This initiative will ensure that procedures are in place to provide for

    continuous quality improvement in long-term care services.

    MFP will save taxpayers’ money. “This is a win-win situation,” says Mary Pat. “It feels

    good and it also makes sense fiscally.” For this to continue to work, the consumer needs to

    be focused and motivated to be in control. This also is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate cooperation among agencies.

    Mr. Arthur Wright was a patient in a nursing home from 2001 until

    November of 2006. Wright witnessed the staff of the nursing home

    treating people meanly and just wanted to get into his own home. With

    the assistance of The Whole Person, Inc., he was able to move into

    his own apartment in Topeka. Wright receives 4 hours of PCA/day.

    They help him with laundry, cooking, cleaning, and shopping. “I have

    more freedom. I’m not under someone’s watch 24/7.” He likes to

    watch ballgames, movies and cook out.

    Carolyn Ruiz Receives Community Service

    Award

    Carolyn Ruiz was awarded a Governor’s including zoning, speed limits, housing, Distinguished Community Service Award clean up and policing. Carolyn has also on February 13, 2008 in Topeka. Her advocated on behalf of Latina women years as a disability rights advocate at seeking shelter and social services in their The Whole Person, Inc. are just her most pursuit of leaving a domestic violence

    recent contributions as a strong presence situation. Carolyn coordinated and

    in the Hispanic community spaning facilitated the US Hispanic Leadership decades. Institute’s grassroots leadership devel-

    In 1982, Carolyn joined MANA de Kansas opment program. The goal of the program

    City, a national Latina organization that was to create an understanding of the gives Hispanic women leadership inner workings of the Kansas City, opportunities and a chance to meet other KS/Wyandotte county unified government.

    women like themselves who are making a In 2003, Carolyn lobbied for the

    difference within the community. Two continuation of primary geriatric care out of years ago MANA awarded her with their the Landon Center on Aging in Kansas

    own MANA de KC Community Service City, KS. Carolyn’s community work was thaward at its 25 anniversary. recognized in 2007 when Azteca de Before coming to The Whole Person, Inc., Kansas City bestowed one of its Del Carolyn was an administrative assistant to Corazon Awards upon her.

    the Dean of Academic Affairs at Penn The Whole Person, Inc. and the Kansas Valley Community College. Latino and City disability community at large have other students would gravitate to her to be benefited greatly by having Carolyn’s referred to the appropriate department. energies directed toward the issue of Carolyn was able to share information and being a Hispanic person with a disability. have rapport with the students. “It is a Watch for her next project a

    good feeling knowing that people presentation for the Hispanic disability appreciate the work that you do and trust community.

    Carolyn holds a degree in Mass that you will give them the proper

    information and lead them to the right Communications in Advertising Admini-

    stration from New Mexico State Univer-resources.” During her employment with

    Penn Valley Community College, Carolyn sity. She enjoys fishing and spending

    time with her mother. helped organize “Los Americanos,” a

    student organization. A highlight of

    her years there was when Los Americanos

    sponsored the visit of Master Sergeant

    Roy P. Benavidez, a Vietnam War hero

    and Congressional Medal of Honor

    recipient.

    Carolyn was instrumental in developing a

    neighborhood association that allowed

    residents to have a voice in the planning

    of neighborhood business,

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    Spotlight on L.A.M.P.

    Becky Tracy, a resident of Lee’s Summit, recently needed modifications to her home to make it more accessible. She used the Lee’s Summit Accessibility Modifications

    Program (LAMP). LAMP is a pilot program in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. The program is

    funded through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) which is a flexible

    program sponsored by HUD. CDBG allocates annual grants to larger cities (population >

    50,000) to provide decent housing principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

    According to the city of Lee’s Summit, LAMP was designed for two basic purposes: to

    provide accessibility modifications to residences allowing qualified individuals with

    disabilities to better fulfill their abilities to use their homes; and to gather information on

    the need for this type of residential modifications in the community so that future planning may focus on how to meet the needs in Lee’s Summit

    Becky needed to widen a bathroom doorway and install a stairglide. She contacted The

    Whole Person for information regarding the assistance that LAMP would be able to provide.

    The Whole Person sent her a list of contractors. She needed to receive three estimates

    for each job and submit them to the city of Lee’s Summit through

    The Whole Person. The total project time lasted

    about 3 4 months from submission of the project

    through job completion. Becky was very satisfied

    with the program and the results. “It is a program

    that is worth looking into if you need modifications

    to your home.”

    The LAMP grant was an idea conceived by Clayton

    Porter, Director of Public Relations at The Whole

    Person. in 2004 to provide funding for renovations

    in the community or private homes with an

    emphasis on accessibility. Homeowners are

    eligible for up to $3000/ calendar year. Renters can

    be eligible for up to $1500/calendar year.

    Youth Events at TWP

    A youth holiday party took place at The Whole Person before Christmas. About 10 youths with disabilities attended. They ranged in age from 14 28. They played games and had

    the opportunity to win prizes.

    On February 23, Game Time was held at The Whole Person. Ten youth took part in this fun experience. They played board games as well as group games. The group games they played included the toilet paper game. Participants tear off an amount of toilet paper and need to tell the number of things about themselves to the group as the number of sheets of toilet paper they ripped off. They also played a few relay games. Volunteers from Country Club Christian Church helped to make this a successful event.

    There are more youth events in the planning stages. Please contact Letiah Fra

    Cast and Blast

    The Missouri Department of Conservation in conjunction with the VA and The Whole Person, thInc will be hosting “Cast and Blast” on May 29 from 9:00 Noon at the James Reed

    Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit. Prairie Hollow Lake is located south of 50 Highway on Ransom Road, approximately three blocks south of Browning Road. There will be fishing, shooting, and archery events. All equipment for the event will be provided and no fishing license is required. Lunch will also be provided. The event is free, but space is limited. rdYou must R.S.V.P. by May 23. Please call Clayton Porter at The Whole Person, Inc., 816 561 0304 to R.S.V.P. or request more information.

    Thank You

     Dale Schlodder would like to thank everyone on behalf of his mother, Pearl, for the

    services they had received from The Whole Person, Inc. prior to her death on March

    12, 2008.

    The Whole Story Published by The Whole Person, Inc. Funding sources are Missouri Division of Vo-

    cational Rehabilitation, United States Department of Education, and Heart of America United Way. The

    Whole Story is published for consumers, members and friends. The contents of this newsletter were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily

    represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government. The opinions expressed in this newsletter reflect the views of individual writers. We

    welcome letters, articles and comments. For newsletter and advertising deadlines, please call at

    (816) 561-0304. We reserve the right to edit any submitted material. You may obtain The Whole Story in

    alternate formats by calling The Whole Person office at (816) 561-0304 (V or TTY).

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