Congressman Marshall visits Envision as Kansas' newest AbilityOne Champion

Angela Cato - May 08, 2018

The partnership Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS-1) has established with Envision is furthering his public commitment to building strong Kansas communities. It is also one of the many reasons he was presented with an AbilityOne Champion Award on April 18 in Washington, D.C.

An AbilityOne Champion is an elected federal policymaker who has demonstrated support for the AbilityOne Program and for related community-based nonprofit agencies in his or her district or state through congressional actions while supporting the enhancement of opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. Congressman Marshall now joins Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2), Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-KS-3) and Congressman Ron Estes (R-KS-4) as AbilityOne Congressional Champions from Kansas.

During a recent visit to Envision, Envision staff members had the opportunity to congratulate him on his achievement and update him on ways the organization is continuing to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research.

Congressman Marshall made stops at the Envision Child Development Center that is setting the standard for early intervention services for infants and preschoolers with vision loss, the Envision Research Institute that is establishing the Midwest as a hub of low vision rehabilitation research, the Envision Vision Rehabilitation Center that serves the need of individuals with visual impairments regardless of their ability to pay and the William L. Hudson BVI Workforce Innovation Center that’s currently under construction on the fifth floor of the Envision headquarters in downtown Wichita, Kansas. When it opens later this year, the BVI Workforce Innovation Center will place an unparalleled focus on training people with vision loss, placing them into jobs and providing accessibility inclusion expertise to businesses nationwide