The World Institute on Disability and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) are conducting a brief 15 to 20 minute survey about access to and use of banking and financial institutions for people with physical disabilities. These responses will help guide future efforts to provide improved banking and financial institution products, services and programs to better reach the physical disability community.

Physical Disability Banking Survey:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2261054/Physical-Disability-Banking-Survey

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PO Box D or 1714 Main - Parsons, KS 67357

 

Frequently, assistive technology equipment, i.e., hearing aids, accessible vehicles, sensory aids, communication devices, and home modifications are extremely expensive. Most traditional lenders limit what specialty equipment they finance and the terms offered on such equipment. K-Loan knows how critical such equipment is and knows some equipment has longevity beyond a couple of years. That is why we offer longer terms to eligible borrowers on a case by case basis. Let us know how we can help you.

K-Loan is an Alternative Finance Program offered through Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), the statewide assistive technology program, coordinated by the University of Kansas. K-Loan was established and is directed by persons with disabilities. It is a consumer-run program designed to provide persons with disabilities and their families with access to financial resources toward acquiring assistive technology through education, saving and borrowing. The project is guided by an Executive Advisory Board composed of individuals with disabilities, family members and representatives from Kansas agencies.

Assistive Technology (AT) is any kind of device or tool that helps people learn, work, communicate and live more independently. AT can be very simple and inexpensive, like a modified knife and fork, or it can be very sophisticated and costly, like a computerized speech device.

Jeanette Graue is the Alternative Finance Manager for the financial empowerment program which is headquartered in the AT access site at 1714 Main in Parsons. In her role as the Regional Loan Coordinator for the Southeast Kansas AT area, Graue manages the loan applications and program data. Lou Ann Kibbee of Hays works as the North and Northwest Regional Loan Representative. Heather Jones works at Prairie Independent Living Resource Center, 17 South Main, Hutchinson, Kansas. She serves the South and Southwest area of the state as the K-Loan Regional Representative.

The low interest loans are designed to help individuals with chronic health problems or disabilities obtain a variety of equipment that can be used at home, school or on the job. Funds can be used to help with the purchase of assistive technology equipment ranging from hearing aids to mobility devices. Personnel can help identify alternate funding sources.

Applications can be downloaded on line by following this link. Once it is completed fax to 620-423-3505. To learn more about the K-LOAN program, contact K-Loan at 620-421-6554 in Parsons or call toll-free 1-866-465-2826. The number to reach staff in Hays is 1-800-316-8019. Hutchinson staff can be contacted by calling 1-888-715-6818.