I’m a few days late but National Braille Day is celebrated on January 4th, which is Louis Braille’s birthday.  As most know, Louis Braille created Braille at a young age after going blind from accidently poking his eye out and obtaining an infection that affected his second eye.  Louis created Braille after learning a form of night writing the France military was using.

It is important to celebrate National Braille Day or at least discuss it after the fact (LOL) as it is a reminder of how important Braille is.  Braille allows those with vision loss the ability to access print and allows independence.  Louie Braille died in 1852, before he was able to see how great his invention was for future generations.

(800)273-8255 Suicide Hotline

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Holidays and winter can be a rough time for many people.  In the last two days, I found out, 3 people I know tried to commit suicide in 2019.  Suicide is not the answer.  If you are feeling down or in a bad place, please talk to someone.  The suicide hotline is always available (800)273-8255.

There are two regular season games left (December 15th and 29th) vs Broncos and Chargers.  You can also purchase play off tickets through our fundraiser also!  The link is below!

https://www.chiefs.com/tickets/ticketfundraiser

Follow the link, click the game you want, enter our promo code RCILINC, and chose your tickets.  Let’s go KC!!

 

 

Remember that when you use smile.amazon.com to shop, RCIL will receive a donation!  All you have to do is type in smile.amazon.com and chose the Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) then shop like normal on Amazon.  Amazon will then credit RCIL with a donation.  (This is all year long, not just Black Friday.)

All offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th, to celebrate Thanksgiving!

RCIL Updates

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Our annual Trunk or Treat is canceled due to winter weather.  Please have a safe and fun Halloween!

Reminder our offices will be closed November 11th, in observation of Veterans day, and on November 28th and 29th for Thanksgiving.

 

RCIL will be hosting it’s annual Trunk or Treat on October 30th from 5:00pm-6:00pm.  It is held at our Osage City office (1137 Laing).  As always we will have candy, goodies, and FREE hot dogs! Bring your family out to enjoy a fun filled evening.

If you would like to donate to this effort or host a trunk call us by October 29th at (785)528-3105.

Trunk or Treat 2019 Flyer

The Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) is pleased to announce that it has received an $826 grant from the Kansas Health Foundation-El Dorado Fund through the El Dorado Community Foundation affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation. The organization will use the funds for Resource Library Technology Improvements at the El Dorado RCIL office.

RCIL has a Resource Library in its El Dorado office that is available for use by individuals with disabilities. The Resource Library has printed materials on disability related topics and a telephone that consumers can use to schedule medical appointments, communicate with other providers and complete vocational/educational searches. The funding will be used to purchase a computer as an additional tool for individuals to utilize to complete vocational/educational searches, learn computer skills, and research additional programs and services. RCIL served 1,750 individuals in Kansas from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018 statewide.

“RCIL is grateful for the funds it received to purchase a new computer for our resource library located in our El Dorado office”, said Deone Wilson, Executive Director. The computer is available to local community members with disabilities during the hours the office is open to the public

RCIL is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to working with individuals, families and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities. Headquartered in Osage City, RCIL has 5 locations in cities all across Eastern Kansas. Current RCIL programs include the five “core services” of all Kansas Centers for Independent Living, which are Information and Referral Service; Advocacy; Independent Living Skills Training; Peer Support Services; and Transition Services. In addition, RCIL also provides Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) through various Medicaid waiver programs.

El Dorado Community Foundation (ECF) mission is “to assist the community in making charitable dreams a reality.” The purpose of ECF is to bring together individuals, groups and organizations which have needs with those who have the resources or leadership abilities to assist in meeting those needs. https://centralkansascf.org/affiliate-foundations/el-dorado-community-foundation/.

Central Kansas Community Foundation mission is “Building Stronger Communities Through Charitable Giving.” Founded in 1995 Central Kansas Community Foundation based in Newton, Kansas is an intermediary between donors and charities, the community foundation helps donors establish funds that financially support meaningful, charitable programs and services in their community. Central Kansas Community Foundation also host numerous affiliate community foundations throughout Central Kansas. www.centralkansascf.org

Bradford and Bryan Manning, were diagnosed with Stargardt’s  (a form of macular degeneration) at a young age.  They have since started a clothing company, “Two Blind Brothers” that profits help with finding a cure for blindness.  Something I thought was awesome, is they have Braille incorporated in all of their clothing.

Here is a clip from Ellen talking about their clothing line and how they got started.

I thought I would switch things up a bit and instead of posting about what other places were doing or events going on, I’d talk about myself.  This week I celebrated 10 years at RCIL.  Crazy to think how far I’ve come in those 10 years professionally and personally.  The older blind program that I run has also grown so much (in 9 years) from 15 counties to 32 counties. Recently, I have been working on becoming more efficient with Braille.  I passed the first course (Hadley) with flying colors and just starting the next course. (Any Braille users out there with tips let me know!) I also recently took a beginning JAWS class.  So, though I’ve had this job for many years I know I’ll never know it all or enough.  I’ll always be looking forward to learning that next thing to help my consumers.

Be on the lookout for updates coming soon about independent living classes for persons with vison loss and low vision fairs.  If you have any questions about Braille, JAWS, or the older blind program feel free to email me at amanda.smith@rcilinc.org

Follow the link to Time Magazine’s article- People With Disabilities Face Challenges Campaigning for Office. This Group Wants to Change That.  This article discusses how the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is hosting webinars to help people with disabilities became strong leaders and enter politics.