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“Fair” Enough

"Fair" Enough Working or Residing in Hutchinson, KS in the middle of September, always brings plenty of feelings and opinions regarding the Kansas State Fair. For longtime residents, the fair can be well anticipated or completely dreaded. I think the biggest complaint most people have with the State Fair is the increase in traffic. For [...]

By | September 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DMD Countdown

Happy Friday, Enjoy the last weekend of the fair! DMD Countdown (10/18/2017) We have approximately a month before Disability Mentoring Day 2017! This is the 16th year that PILR has been the local host of Disability Mentoring Day. Through the years, it has impacted many students in many different ways, but most importantly, it has [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

First Impressions

Happy First Fair Weekend! First Impressions are not all they are cracked up to be. They are affected by much more than things that an individual can control. There are personal perceptions, prejudgments, societal expectations. You might be able to control what you wear, how you do your hair and make-up, and you can prepare [...]

By | September 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DMD 2017

Happy Friday, Have a great Labor Day Weekend! Disability Mentoring Day  On October 18, PILR will host Disability Mentoring Day so that high school students can learn what it might be like to work in a career they want to pursue after graduation. This will be the 16th year we have been the local host [...]

By | September 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hidden Disabilities

Happy Friday, have a great weekend! Hidden Disabilities If you can’t see it then it must not be real. I find this to be true of how people perceive individuals with hidden disabilities.  This is far from the case.  Much like a person with a disability would like to be seen as a whole and [...]

By | August 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Get involved, it matters!!

Happy Friday!!! Have a great weekend! Get involved, it matters!! I saw an article in the newspaper the other day about a 16 year old and a 17 year old who are running for Kansas governor and Lieutenant governor in the 2018 primary election. What I first found interesting is that there are no real [...]

By | August 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I want it for free

I Want it For Free! Happy Friday. have a wonderful weekend! I hear” I want this” from many people. So, I assist people look for these things that they want but they want it for Free. Most of the things cost money.  I encourage people to save money, but they don’t want too.   My question [...]

By | August 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

PILR is Hiring!!!

Prairie Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. has 1 opening for Employment Specialist (EDK) in our Hutchinson Office Employment Specialist Hutchinson, KS Job Description RESPONSIBILITIES An Employment Specialist works directly with job seekers with disabilities to obtain and maintain competitive, integrated employment. Actively engage in the agencies information and referral process in a timely manner. An [...]

By | August 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|12 Comments

NCIL 2017

Happy Friday, have a wonderful weekend! NCIL 2017 I spent the last full week of July at the National Council on Independent Living conference in Washington DC. On the Saturday before the conference started, since I am the region VII representative, I attended the board meeting. I knew it was going to be a powerful [...]

By | August 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Focus on the Positive

Focus on the Positive Happy Friday, have a wonderful weekend! It seems like there is a general tendency to focus more on what things are going wrong and complaining rather than looking at what is going well and looking for the silver linings. Typically, negative memories are recalled more vividly and more often than positive [...]

By | July 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment