Blog

Our blog offers insight into the work we do at the JCDS, the people we serve, the IDD community in Johnson County and the function of the CDDO.

2020 Blog Entries

This Month

October

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 29

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. It started in 1945 with a congressional declaration making the first week of October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.”

lab technician.

Update: Day Services COVID-19 Testing Protocol

October 14

As we continue to monitor the decrease in COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson county, we are updating our protocols related to potential exposure to a COVID-positive individual in our day service programs and when a quarantine period is required. 

August

Person pouring hand sanitizer into their hand.

Program Changes Due To Delta Variant

August 5

This week three individuals supported by JCDS tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in a complete closure of our retirement program at the Elmore Center for both quarantine and sanitization purposes. 

July

Women putting facemask on.

Updated Guidance on Masking at JCDS

July 22

Yesterday, we heard from two of our fellow Kansas providers that they have experienced outbreaks of 10+ people, including both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. 

May

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Updated Guidance for Masking and Physical Distancing at JCDS

May 19

In keeping with national and local COVID guidance, JCDS is updating our mask and physical distancing protocols for people who have been vaccinated.  

April

Man ringing doorbell wearing a mask.

Visitation Guidance Update

April 14

JCDS remains committed to protecting the health and safety of the individuals we serve and our staff. We appreciate your support and understanding of the safeguards in place to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. 

March

Women receiving a shot in her arm from from medical staff.

More than 1,000 People Inoculated at JCDS Vaccination Clinics

March 22

We are a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions of people have now been vaccinated. This past week, the U.S. hit an important milestone of 100 million vaccinations. 

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Day Services Update: Vaccinations

March 19

I am very happy to be able to share a positive update as we approach the next phase of our Day Service transition process. As many of you are aware, the COVID-19 vaccine is now available for all JCDS staff, and last week JCDS hosted a vaccine clinic.

February

Mandy Flower, CDDO Director for Johnson County Developmental Supports.

My COVID-19 Vaccination Journey

February 25

In the summer of 2020 when I heard two vaccines for COVID-19 were getting ready to start research trials, like many people, I was wary. I thought there is no way I will take either vaccine. I was determined to let others get the vaccination before I did so I could have more knowledge of the effects.

January

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New Year: Day Services Update

January 11

Happy 2021! During the holiday season, day services at the Elmore Center and other locations continued to be very limited, due to increases in our local data that began just prior to Thanksgiving.