Kansas Disability Awareness Project
Personal Disability Rights Advocacy Stories of Kansans
Matthew Whaley’s Story
Learn about how a 7-year old boy from Western Kansas and his mom stood up for the right to play baseball under the ADA.
Richard Owen’s Story
Learn about how Richard Owen, a person who drives a big rig truck with one arm, started his own business thanks to some well placed advocacy.
Kaufman House Story
Learn about the survivors of the Kaufman house and how their rights were abusers were brought to justice.
Learn about how advocacy and determination was able to get Jeanette the transportation she needed to find a job.
Read about how Jessica’s mom advocated with the Legislature to change Medicaid policy to help her daughter and all Kansans.
History of Disability Rights in Kansas & US
This document provides a timeline of the disability rights movement in both Kansas
and the United State and other important information on the history of disability rights issues.
History of DRC; How Willowbrook created DRC; What DRC does as the “Protection & Advocacy” system (P&A).
Willowbrook tells the story of how people with disabilities used to be warehoused in large institutions. The terrible conditions caused Congress to create the Protection & Advocacy System. In Kansas that system is the Disability Rights Center of Kansas.
Triumph From Tragedy. Kaufman House Case - example of DRC’s advocacy
Survivors of the Kaufman House work with DRC Kansas & prosecutors to bring the Kaufman's to justice and their brutal reign to an end.
Play Ball! Matthew Whaley Case - example of DRC’s advocacy
Accessible Buses in Wichita. Wichita Transit Case - example of DRC’s advocacy
Learn about how people with disabilities and the DRC worked together to help ensure an accessible bus system in Wichita.
How Willowbrook created DRC, what others think about DRC