Kansas Disability Rights Advocates Hold Joint News Conference

Bob Coward, the Washington-area spokesman for ADAPT, a disability advocacy group, rides his wheelchair on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, navigating barriers the disabled might encounter during the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- A group of Kansas disability right's organizations held a joint news conference on current and changing federal disability policies set to take affect.

Disability organizers wanted to bring people together to discuss a number of federal issues that are developing and could impact people with disabilities.

Among them are long-argued U.S.Department of Labor regulations on the companionship exemption.

Advocates say these changes could have a profound impact on home and community based services and programs.

oxford says some of these changes could dramatically effect centers for independent living...