Sunflower Diversified Services turned out in force at the recent Push Day at the State Capitol to push even harder than usual for the rights of people with developmental delays and disabilities.
Nineteen clients and five staff members from Sunflower attended the April 30 event, which was sponsored by InterHab, the statewide agency that speaks for those with developmental concerns.
“We had an awesome turnout,” said Amanda Urban, Sunflower training/advocacy coordinator. “Everyone attended the rally on the Capitol steps and listened to advocates and families speak about what budget cuts have done to their loved ones with disabilities.
“This budget crisis is just that – a crisis,” Urban continued. “There have been drastic cuts already that affect real people right here in central Kansas. Our voices in Topeka blended to let legislators know that their actions have direct results on the most vulnerable people.”
The annual Push Day has been a venue to push back against bad ideas and push ahead with good ideas.
“And it has always been a good forum to heighten public awareness about people with disabilities and to raise their visibility in their local communities,” Urban commented. “Sunflower played a big role again this year and I am proud of everyone who attended.”
Urban also noted that Sunflower made a good showing at an earlier event this spring. Seven clients and two staff members attended the Day at the Capitol on March 17.
“We met with as many legislators from our area as possible that day,” Urban said. “Our goal is to remind them as often as we can that their constituents need their help. Without it, more vital services will be cut and more families will be hurt.”
Sunflower, a non-profit agency, is in its 49thyear. It serves infants, toddlers and adults in Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties.