The Self Advocacy Coalition of Kansas (SACK) is a statewide organization made up of and run by Kansas self-advocates. There are approximately 30 local SACK chapters in communities across the state. Kansas’ involvement in the Heartland Self Advocacy Resource Network has been rewarding and full of learning. SACK formed a Needs Assessment Planning Committee made up of self-advocates and a local community volunteers to develop sets of questions to ask of advocates statewide. We gave a baseline survey to every participant at the 2015 SACK Statewide Conference and used the results to set a beginning point for community advocacy and involvement. Once we completed the Needs Assessment, the committee met with a larger group of self-advocates to fully develop a Self Advocacy Strategic Plan for Kansas. The process has been a learning experience for everyone involved.
Kansas self-advocates are determined to make a brighter future by strengthening our regional self-advocacy network.