Kansas Advocates

Kansas disability advocates have made a difference in all areas of life; from grassroots advocacy to research to changes and additions to programs that help people live more independently. Kansas advocates work hard to make programs, policies, and laws work more fairly and effectively for people with disabilities. Below is a listing of just a few people who have had an impact on the changes over the years that have improved the lives of people with disabilities.

Kansas Senator Bob Dole was one of the most active senators in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and many other laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities in the United States. The Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, Kansas is dedicated to preserving Senator Dole's work and legacy to people with disabilities. See more information on the Robert & Elizabeth Dole Archive & Special Collections website. He is also working with United State International Council on Disability (USICD) working to get the Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Advocates Past and Present

Yolande "Yo" Bestgen (November 10, 1948 - December 7, 2014)
Arthur Capper (July 14, 1865 - December 19, 1951)
Joe Greve (November 22, 1943 - October 3, 1998)
Michael Lechner (January 23, 1948 - October 29, 1990)
Howard Moses (December 6, 1950 - October 28, 2001)
Bob Dole - Kansas Advocate for All People with Disabilities
Brian Ellefson
Roger Frischenmeyer
Martha Gabehart
Jean Hall
Gina McDonald
Chris Owens
Carrie Greenwood
Lewis "Tobie" Tyler