Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board Receives Honor


The Olathe Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board (PDAB) has received the 2010 Michael Lechner Award for excellence in advocacy on behalf of disabled citizens by the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns.

The award honors Michael Lechner, now deceased, who served as Executive Director of the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns for many years and was known for his outstanding advocacy on behalf of disabled Kansans. The Michael Lechner Award is given annually to individuals and organizations carrying on Mr. Lechner's legacy of excellence in advocacy.

The award was made to the PDAB based on its 2009 achievements which include: input into the City Comprehensive Plan, advocating for accessible public transportation, the Board's annual Accessible Community Awards program, sponsorship of the Push America Journey of Hope Greater Kansas City tour stop, testifying in Topeka before the Kansas Facilities Closure and Realignment Commission on behalf of the Kansas School for the Deaf, work with the design team for the K-State Innovation Campus to help make it a world-class accessible site, participation in Old Settlers, sponsorship of the 2009 Greater Kansas City Mentoring Day and Job Fair, hosting a workshop on special needs planning for families with disabled children, sponsorship of a State Legislative Forum on disability issues, supporting the Emergency Management Special Needs Registry, and work with the Central Core Neighborhood Committee on an art fair that will include disabled artists.

The award was presented to PDAB at the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns meeting in Topeka on Friday, August 13.