Changes to Assistive Technology Services

Categorized: Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Programs Relocated

RCIL served as the Northeast Kansas access site for the Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), the Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE), and more recently the Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) for the past nine years.  These programs are still available, but the staff, equipment, and services have moved to a different agency within Topeka.  The Topeka Independent Living Resource Center is the new host for these programs effective January 1, 2020.

If you are interested in learning more about these programs, or if you were working with an Assistive Technology Specialist, they can now be reached at 785.233.4572.

The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities is seeking 4 new council members. Two self-advocates, one Non-Profit concerned with IDD Services, and one non-governmental organization concerned with IDD Services.  If you are interested complete this KCDD Council Application and email it to  or mail to:

Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities
900 SW Jackson St.
Landon State Office Building, Room #569
Topeka, KS 66612

Together We Can Learn Conference

Categorized: Consumer Education

Sharing this information from our friends at Families Together:

As parents and professionals, we understand the process of helping youth/adults transition to adulthood and/or obtain employment, can come with many challenges and obstacles. The Together We Can Learn Conference is the perfect opportunity for parents, transition age youth and professionals to gain information, inspiration, and resources.

The Opening Keynote – From Disabilities to Possibility: 5 Keys to Achieving an Inclusive Life

Rather than focusing on the disability or the individual’s needs/challenges, Dr. Patrick Schwarz will share ways to shift the focus to the student’s fascinations, passions and interests. By shifting the focus, we are able to better prepare students to be active members of their communities where they live, work and play. He will share stories of individuals across the lifespan who are living an inclusive life.

Breakout Session – The Facts About Social Security, Medicare, KanCare (Kansas Medicaid) and Work Incentives

Employment is possible, yet many families and individuals are afraid that if the individual who has a disability works, they will lose their benefits. Join Earl Williams as he shares the facts about social security, Medicare, KanCare (Kansas Medicaid) and Work Incentives. Earl Williams KDHE, Regional Benefits Specialist, will explore the facts about how working can affect your disabilities benefits and how work incentives support your journey to employment. Nothing but the TRUTH .

Afternoon Keynote – Addressing Adventuresome Behavior While Keeping the Dignity of All Intact

For some individuals, their behavior impedes their access to community based learning and employment activities. When an individual’s behavior impedes their learning, or accessing the community, it is important that their team use a person-centered, functional approach to access the behavior and problem-solve possible behavior support strategies. Patrick Schwarz will provide ideas and strategies to help an individual be successful not only in school but also their community.

Ending Keynote – Channeling Your Inner Gumby

Lee Stickle will share ways to help build resilience and help individuals successfully face challenges every day.  Building resilience for all is important for success in the ‘real world’.


For more information about the conference visit You will find some amazing sessions that will inspire, encourage and inform parents and professionals!


  • Parent, relative or foster parent of a child with a disability and/or special health care need – $30
  • Youth with a disability (14-21 and attending high school) – $20
  • Professional – $40
  • Others – $40


A limited number of parent scholarships are available through Families Together, Inc. Parents should call (785) 233-4777 or 1-800-264-6343 or email to request a scholarship. Scholarships cover registration, lunch and conference materials.

Together We Can Learn Flyer

Please see the event flyer for the August 8th Kansas LEND’s Family Education Series – Transition in Kansas presented by Stephanie Coleman and Sean Swindler.  The in-person (see below for online) event will be at KU Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall Room 153 from 6-7:30pm. Families will learn how engaging in research will help their family.

The session will focus on Kansas individuals with disabilities transitioning from high school in to adult life.

A reminder you do not need to attend in person this will also be live on Facebook at the Kansas LEND page, registration is not required but encouraged for planning purposes as well as sending out the handouts to those who have registered to watch online prior to the start time.

Register Here

Please take a few moments to review this message from the Kansas Disability Rights Center:  “The Disability Rights Center (DRC) of Kansas is our State’s Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities. DRC Kansas provides advocacy services and legal representation at no charge in certain disability cases where the civil or legal rights of people with disabilities are violated. We help people with disabilities enforce the provisions of many federal and state disability rights laws.

People with disabilities in Kansas face many barriers to full equality and justice. However, DRC Kansas does not have the resources necessary to tackle all of the issues facing people with disabilities at one time. That is why we create Priorities and Objectives, which provides the structure for how we spend our limited resources.

DRC Kansas must ensure we focus our limited resources on the issues that members of the disability community believe are important. We are asking you to complete this survey because your input will help us make better decisions about our work in the coming fiscal year.

Please complete this survey by August 31, 2019. Also, please share the link to this survey with your friends, family, and anyone who cares about people with disabilities.

If you need a disability accommodation to complete this survey, call 877-776-1541 or email If you would rather complete the survey in written form, call 877-776-1541 and ask our receptionist to mail a copy of the survey to you.

If you wish to sign up to make in person, public comment on the 2020 Priorities session to be held on September 27, 2019, at 12:00 pm at the Disability Rights Center of Kansas office at 214 SW 6th Ave, Suite 100 Topeka, KS 66603, please email or call 877-776-1541 by no later than September 13, 2019, to sign up to be added to the agenda.”

Are you, or is someone you know an individual living with a disability who is passionate about working with young people? If so, please apply! DC Design is currently recruiting Project Partners for the 2019 Design the Future program at University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS): July 29-August 3, and August 5-10!  A program overview can be watched here and more information and applications can be found at:

apply to be a design partner with design the future today at when & where: university of kansas july 29 - aug 3 and aug 5-10th, 2019


The State’s workforce development team is currently seeking input from job seekers/students from all across Kansas.  The sessions begin next week so act fast!  Please contact Shanna Jager at 785.532.6251 or email for more information.  You can also check out these flyers for more specific information on each of the upcoming sessions in Wichita, Emporia, Great Bend, Dodge City, Garden City, Colby, Kansas City, Lenexa, and Chanute.

RCIL Job Opening

Categorized: RCIL Updates

Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. is seeking to fill a part-time (20 hours per week) position in its Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) program in Topeka.  Drive to pick up and deliver medical equipment.  Use a database to log work and match donated equipment with individuals seeking equipment.  Flexible daytime schedule with competitive hourly wage and rewarding work.  Must be able to drive company vehicles without restrictions.  Lifting/team lifting, carrying, loading and unloading medical equipment is required.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  For more details call Adam Burnett or Deone Wilson at 785-528-3105 or request an application via email.

Here’s a link to check eligibility for free health screenings for women who do not have health insurance.

The program enrolls Kansas women at average risk who meet the income eligibility and:
* are 40 to 64 years old for cervical cancer screenings
* are 45 to 64 years old for breast cancer screenings
* do not have health insurance

Free Supported Decision-Making Conference

Categorized: Consumer Education

The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities is hosting a free event to present information on supported decision-making.  Go online and register to attend the Supported Decision-Making Conference on Friday, April 12th from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Tony’s Pizza Event Center in Salina, KS.  This is a FREE conference!!  Go directly to their Eventbrite page to learn more and register to attend.