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Sunflower Diversified representatives attend SACK meeting
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Denver Richards is one of 20 clients from Sunflower Diversified Services who traveled to Topeka for the recent Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK) conference. SACKs purpose is to promote empowerment for adults with developmental disabilities.

Sunflower Diversified Services has participated in the Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK) conference for a number of years because it always promises to provide new and helpful information. Once again, SACK kept its promise.
Twenty Sunflower clients, along with four staff members, traveled to Topeka for the meeting, where they learned about new avenues to more independent living, said Amanda Urban, Sunflower training/advocacy coordinator.
“While all the discussions at the conference are extremely valuable, a couple of highlights were especially informative,” Urban said. “We learned about the latest news in the KanCare system and the insurance companies that are participating in it.
“And another session offered advice about nutrition, which is a major focus for people with disabilities,” she continued. “Our group attended the ‘Food for Thought’ program to learn about eating healthy on a budget. These topics illustrate the wide range of learning opportunities at the meeting.”
SACK is well known for offering information that allows people to advocate for themselves, Urban added.
“People with disabilities have rights just like everyone else and SACK is available to help us understand those rights,” she explained. “The people we serve are then empowered to speak up for themselves and make informed lifestyle choices.
“This fits in perfectly with our philosophy here at Sunflower,” Urban noted. “Everything we do is designed to support people as they choose where to live, work and enjoy leisure activities.”
Sunflower serves infants, toddlers and adults with developmental delays and disabilities in Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties.