NEWS RELEASE FROM K-LOAN
Parsons, Ks – K-Loan is a new Alternative Finance program offered through Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), the statewide assistive technology program, coordinated by the University of Kansas. K-Loan was established and is directed by persons with disabilities. It is a consumer-run program designed to provide persons with disabilities and their families with access to financial resources toward acquiring assistive technology through education, saving and borrowing. The project is guided by an Executive Advisory Board composed of individuals with disabilities, family members and representatives from Kansas agencies.
Assistive Technology (AT) is any kind of device or tool that helps people learn, work, communicate and live more independently. AT can be very simple and inexpensive, like a modified knife and fork, or it can be very sophisticated and costly, like a computerized speech device.
Jeanette Graue is the Alternative Finance Manager for the financial empowerment program which is headquartered in the AT access site at 1714 Main in Parsons. In her role as the Regional Loan Coordinator for the Southeast Kansas AT area, Graue will manage the loan applications and program data. Marylin Shue will also be working out of the AT office in Parsons as the Northeast Regional Loan Representative. Kandi Engel of Hays has been hired as the North and Northwest Regional Loan Representative. Her office is located at 510 West 29th Street in Hays. Christina Griffin works at Prairie Independent Living Resource Center, 17 South Main, Hutchinson, Kansas. She will serve the South and Southwest area of the state as the K-Loan Regional Representative.
The low interest loans are designed to help individuals with chronic health problems or disabilities obtain a variety of equipment that can be used at home, school or on the job. Funds can be used to help with the purchase of assistive technology equipment ranging from hearing aids to mobility devices. Personnel can help identify alternate funding sources.
Applications can be downloaded by going on line at www.k-loan.net and then faxed to 620-423-3505. To learn more about the K-LOAN program, contact Graue or Shue at 620-421-6554 in Parsons or call toll-free 1-866-465-2826. The number to reach Engel in Hays is 1-800-316-8019. Griffin can be contacted in Hutchinson by calling 1-888-715-6818.
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