Making Our Voices Heard
Advocacy has been an integral part of TECH’s story. Afterall, we opened our doors 50 years ago thanks to a group of parents that were advocating for their children – fighting to create opportunities for each of them beyond the expectations placed on them by society.
Throughout our 50 years, we have tirelessly advocated for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at a local, state, and national level. Both Maurice Cummings and Brenda Maxey, former President/CEO’s of TECH, spent much of their time in Topeka, meeting with legislatures on issues that impacted people with disabilities. Maxey also served on the InterHab Board for 30 years, was a member of the Executive committee for 20 years and spent 2 years as the chairperson. She also spent time advocating on the national level with members of Congress and served on the ACCSES Board, a national association, for over 25 years, including several years spent as the board chairperson.
“When you have told your story enough times that government leaders begin listening and take action – It’s in those small and large victories where we see legislative changes that ultimately end up changing lives. That is what always fueled my passion for advocating for people with disabilities,” says Maxey.
Beyond advocating in a legislative setting, we are partnering with families every single day through our Service Coordination team. Their dedication to connecting individuals that we serve with resources in the community is something we are incredibly proud of. We know that finding services for yourself or a family member can be an overwhelming process and our team has always been compassionate, caring, and a resource for families throughout the years.