NDI's Real Economic Impact (REI) Tour recently made a stop in Kansas City, MO to co-host an Asset Development Summit for Persons with Disabilities with KC C.A.S.H. REI Tour Regional Specialist Katie Metz attended the event and was one of the opening presenters. Additional welcoming comments came from Maggie Doedtman, Program/Training Coordinator - KC C.A.S.H., Kate Lett-Deathe, IRS SPEC Territory Manager and Laura Scherler, Director of Income Capacity Building - United Way Worldwide.
The Summit brought together 45 attendees representing nearly 30 different agencies for a conversation surrounding possibilities of improving asset development to promoyr economic empowerment for persons with disabilities. Attendees were given the opportunity to hear from experts in the Kansas City community on two panels. The Disability Work panel included Clay Berry, Director of Rehabilitation & Education - Alphapointe Association for the Blind, David Robinson, Executive Director -The Whole Person and Don Harkins, President and CEO of The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City. The panel moderated by the REI tour’s Katie Metz.
The Asset Building panel included Eileen Jones, Community Affairs Assistant - FDIC, Mario Urquilla, Affinity Banking Program Coordinator - Commerce Bank, and Julie Riddle, Senior Community Impact Manager. The panel was moderated by Jason Wood, Vice President, and Community Engagement - United Way of Greater Kansas City. (Picture Available)
L to R: Jason Wood, Vice President, Community Engagement United Way of Greater Kansas City; Julie Riddle, Senior Community Impact Manager, United Way of Greater Kansas City; Mario Urquilla, Affinity Banking Program Coordinator, Commerce Bank; Eileen Jones, Community Affairs Assistant, FDIC
In addition to the presentations, attendees provided insight on creating an action plan for Kansas City by breaking out into smaller work group discussions. These smaller discussions focused on how the asset development and the disability communities can work together to build a better economic future for persons with disabilities.
One of the members of a small group discussion stated: "We know our (disability community) stuff inside and out but we didn’t know what was out there for asset development". The innovative thoughts and suggestions discussed in the smaller group discussions will be utilized to create an action plan providing the Kansas City Community with a roadmap to success.