PARSONS, KS (May 22, 2014) – Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” Whether it is through the quality of service provided on the job or through their own community service initiatives, ResCare employees are often found lending a helping hand to change the world. One in particular, Human Resources Manager Dawn Wilson from ResCare Connections in Parsons, is doing her fair share to improve her community.
Ms. Wilson has been appointed to the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities by Governor Sam Brownback. Her position will help enact positive changes for people with developmental disabilities in the state. Ms. Wilson’s appointment to the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities came as no surprise to her coworkers due to her personal dedication and work experience of over 18 years in the field of developmental disabilities. Her first role on the council was as a parent representative in 2009.
“Since I am a parent of a child with disabilities and also work in this field, I thought I would be a great asset to the council,” said Ms. Wilson. “I have been a strong advocate for my son and others with developmental disabilities to ensure they receive the supports and services they need to be safe and successful.”
The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities supports people of all ages with developmental disabilities so they have the opportunity to make choices regarding both their participation in society and their quality of life. The council, made up of self-advocates, parents and guardians and representatives of agencies related to the intellectual disability and developmental disability field, develop a five-year plan to set goals and provide guidance for how resources should be spent.
“I am very honored to be appointed Chair of the Council. It is a huge responsibility to the people of Kansas,” said Ms. Wilson. “I will continue to advocate for people with developmental disabilities in a larger capacity and look forward to continuing the movement in a positive direction.”
ResCare, with 40 years of experience, is one of the largest providers of in home care to seniors. Our caregivers provide elder care services, including housekeeping, telecare, recovery care for seniors living alone and respite care for families who provide full-time care to loved ones with conditions such as Alzheimer’s. ResCare also offers residential and support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provides education, vocational training and job placement for people of all ages and skill levels.
Author: Josephine Lee