2016 Employment First Summit  Trailblazing:  Charting Our Employment Path

Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE)

APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization, formed in 1988, to lead in the advancement of equitable employment for citizens with disabilities. APSE provides professional development opportunities, legislative advocacy, and the only national certification program for supported employment professionals.

COF Training Services, Inc.

We are a Community Service Provider. We are looking to promote our employment service assistance and the WORK Program and ILC Services.

Disability Rights Center of Kansas

The Disability Rights Center of Kansas (DRC), formerly Kansas Advocacy & Protective Services (KAPS), is a 501(c)(3) public interest legal advocacy agency empowered by federal law to advocate for the civil and legal rights of Kansans with disabilities. DRC is designated by the State of Kansas the official Protection and Advocacy System for Kansas.  As such, DRC advocates for the rights of Kansans with disabilities under state or federal laws (ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, Federal Medicaid Act, Kansas Act Against Discrimination, etc.)

Families Together, Inc.

Families Together serves families of children and youth with disabilities or special health care needs in Kansas. The organization provides, in collaboration with the Beach Center on Disabilitiy, the Family Employment Awareness Training across the state.

Independence, Inc.

Emporia, KS

Independence, Inc. is a grant program and to be eligible you must live in Kansas and have a disability.  The grant is to assist with assistive technology equipment that will help offset the disability.  

JennyLU Designs

We sell artwork and related products of Jenny Unrein, a Kansas artist who has William’s Syndrome, a genetic handicap.

Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns

A unit of state government in the Governor's office that advocates for changes to state programs, laws and regulations that improve access for people with disabilities.

The Kansas Leadership Center

The Kansas Leadership Center was established by the Kansas Health Foundation in 2007 as a way to add significant value to the leadership development efforts undertaken by the Foundation since its early days. To turbo-charge its existing leadership development efforts – and to reach more people, the Kansas Health Foundation created the Kansas Leadership Center. KLC is funded by a core operating grant from the Kansas Health Foundation. The Kansas Leadership Center equips people with skills to make positive change for the common good. We believe leadership is an activity, not a particular role or position. Our curriculum is grounded in this belief and our approach to training is reflective of it. We offer specialized leadership training, delivered through a unique curriculum that works. We see leadership in the civic arena as a means of sharing responsibility for acting together in pursuit of the common good.


We are a low-interest alternative finance program for assistive technology. Our statewide Telework program serves persons with disabilities wanting to obtain employment in their community or to work from their own home.

NAMI Kansas - National Alliance on Mental Illness

Self-help organization providing peer support, education and advocacy by and for individuals living with mental illness and their family members.

Poppin' Joes Kettle Corn
I am a self advocate who owns and operates my own business.

Starkey, Inc

We are a not for profit service provider offering supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities aged 18 and older.

Via Christi Health

Via Christi Health (fully sponsored by Ascension Health) is the largest provider of health services in Kansas, delivering a continuum of high-quality, compassionate care to people throughout the region. Through our integrated network we provide state-of-the-art acute care, behavioral healthcare, senior communities, home healthcare and family medicine care. Via Christi was been recognized as Employer of Choice in 2015 and is one of the top five largest employers in the Wichita area. Via Christi Health is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action employer. If you have questions about the application process or require a reasonable accommodation to complete the application, contact the Ascension Health Ministry Service Center at 855-562-2824 between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday.

Working Healthy/WORK

Working Healthy offers people with disabilities who are working or interested in working the opportunity to get or keep Medicaid coverage while on the job.