Stakeholder Meeting Invitation from Rehabilitation Services Director Michael Donnelly

September 14, 2015

As a consumer, advocate, service provider, employer or other stakeholder, you have valuable insight about the employment-related needs of people with disabilities, the performance of the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program and opportunities for continuous improvement in the services and programs we offer. 

Because of your connection to VR, I want to extend a personal invitation to you to participate in our upcoming stakeholder meeting on the afternoon of September 28.  The meeting will be an interactive webcast using technology to connect people in 12 Kansas communities. Participants in each location will be able to share their comments or questions which will be broadcast live to all locations. 

In addition to an opportunity to discuss VR services, participants will also be able to provide input for the new Combined State Plan being developed under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  This Combined State Plan will address the mission, vision and operational strategies for collaboration among the WIOA core partners. In addition to VR, the core partners are:

This meeting will be a great opportunity to discuss how the comprehensive workforce system, including VR, can best meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.  I’m excited about the opportunity to hear from you about your experiences and suggestions, and to work with you to empower Kansans with disabilities to reach their goals for employment and self-sufficiency.  Your input will make a difference in the future priorities of the VR program as well as the larger workforce system in Kansas.  Please mark your calendars for 1 p.m. September 28 and plan to participate.  If you’re not able to participate in person, you may email comments and suggestions to Peg.Spencer@dcf.ks.gov

Please also share this message with others who are interested in these services.

Here is the list of locations:

Emporia
Myers Conference Room
DCF Service Center
1701 Wheeler

Garden City
Bunker Conference Room
DCF Service Center
1710 Palace Dr.

Hays
Bison Room
DCF Service Center
2250 E. 22nd St.

Hutchinson (South)
Kansas Room
DCF Service Center
600 Andrew Ave., S.

Kansas City
1050 South Conference Room
DCF Service Center
402 State Ave.

Lawrence
Lecompton Room
DCF Service Center
1901 Delaware

Manhattan
Konza Room
DCF Service Center
2709 Amherst

Overland Park
Sunflower Room East
DCF Service Center
8915 Lenexa Dr.
Parking:  Please use the east parking lot, and enter the door with the blue awning. Staff will be present to meet visitors and escort them to the meeting room. 

Parsons
Large Conference Room
DCF Service Center
300 N. 17th

Topeka
1st Floor Conference Room
DCF Administration Building
555 S. Kansas Ave.

Salina
Kansas Room
DCF Service Center
901 Westchester Dr.

Wichita

Conference Room D110
DCF Service Center
2601 S. Oliver

To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations, please email Barbara.Mah@dcf.ks.gov or call 785-368-7112 or TDD 1-800-432-0698 no later than noon September 17, 2015.  All sites are accessible locations.

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