Happy Thanksgiving

Categorized: RCIL Updates

RCIL would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  All offices will be closed Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd.  We will reopen Monday, November 26th at 8:00am.


How about them Chiefs!  If you missed your chance to see them with our fundraiser you’ll be happy to know three more games have been added for next month!  Tickets are $33.50 and RCIL will receive $10 of that!


Supplies are limited so get your tickets soon!  Thank you for supporting RCIL and Go Chiefs!

Fall seems like a busy time of the year for everyone and here are some more items for your list:

Register to vote!  Tomorrow, October 16th, is the last day to register to vote in the election on November 6th.  The disability population holds the largest amount of voters!  Don’t forget, if it’s difficult to get to the polls you can register for an absentee ballot to be sent to your home.

Celebrate National White Cane Day! Today, October 15th, is National White Cane Awareness Day which was signed 54 years ago by President Johnson.  Ways to celebrate: inform people on what a White Cane is and why it is important to travelers with vision loss, donate to the National Federation for the Blind who gives out free white canes, or look up some information on white canes to educate yourself if you are unfamiliar.

Check out our calendar! RCIL is hosting many events this month and next so check out our calendar to find an event close to you.  Also, look for our next blog coming out on our equipment drive.

Do you shop on Amazon? If so you can donate to RCIL without spending any extra money!

RCIL has registered with AmazonSmile Foundation which 0.5% of eligible purchases from Amazon are donated to a charity of the shopper’s choice.  All you have to do is when you go to www.amazon.com it will ask you to sign up for AmazonSmile or you can go to http://www.smile.amazon.com.  You will then search for your charity (Resource Center for Independent Living, Osage City), click on it and start shopping.  The only difference after you sign up, is to use www.smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com.

AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon.

To know if an items is eligible look for the “Eligible for AmazonSmile Donation” logo near the price.  A screenshot of a product is provided below.


Screen shot of product off of Amazon. Text enlarged under price “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation.”

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services also known as KDADS is seeking feedback from Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) stakeholders as they are planning waiver renewals.  KDADS will be hosting regional meetings along with two options to call in.  These forums are opportunities for KDADS to hear feedback on what you think is going well along with what could improve.  It is also a chance to hear of what changes could be coming in the future.  The Frail Elderly, Intellectual/Developmental Disability, Physical Disability, and Traumatic Brain Injury waivers will be renewing in 2019.  Below is the meeting dates and locations.  All meetings will be from 1:00-3:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm.

Monday, September 10th Johnson County Community College
RC 101 C&D 12345 College Blvd Overland Park

Tuesday, September 11th Memorial Building
Alliance Room 101 S. Lincoln Chanute

Wednesday, September 12th Wichita Marriott
Wichita Ballroom 9100 Corporate Hills Dr. Wichita

Friday, September 14th Sleep Inn
1931 E. Kansas Plaza Garden City

Monday, September 17th {Conference Call Only}
(877) 400- 9499  Conference Code 1769231304

All meeting times including conference call 1:00-3:00pm and again at 6:00-8:00pm.

For more information visit www.kdads.ks.gov or


For accommodations contact Anita Flewelling at (785) 296-4983 or anita.flewelling@ks.gov


KanCare Program Updates

Categorized: Consumer Education

There will be changes made to the KanCare program but they will not affect your eligibility for the program.  The state will be hosting non-mandatory meetings next week including one in Olathe, Wichita, and a conference call.  State staff will be present at meetings to provide information on what is and what is not changing with KanCare.  Below is the information on meeting date, times, and locations.

Tuesday, Sept 4  6:00-8:00pm  9100 Corporate Hills Dr. Wichita

Wednesday, Sept 5  6:00-8:00pm 22201 W Innovation Dr. Olathe

Thursday, Sept 6 6:00-7:30pm  (833)795-0476 {Conference Call Only}

To learn more visit http://www.kancare.ks.gov

Contact Dawn Goertzen for accommodations (785) 291-3461 or dawn.goertzen@ks.gov



Support Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. by going to a Kansas City Chiefs game!   It’s fun and easy!

Click here to purchase your tickets:   KC Chiefs Tickets

Choose as many tickets as you would like and enter the promo code:  RCILINC

RCIL will receive $10 for each ticket purchased. Each ticket costs $33.50.  Funds raised will be used to support RCIL’s programs and services for Kansans with disabilities.  Tickets are limited, so don’t wait.  Please forward this message to your friends and families and encourage them to participate.

Eligible Games:

Thursday 8/9: 7:30pm vs. Houston Texans

Thursday 8/30: 7:30pm vs. Green Bay Packers

Sunday 10/7: 12:00pm vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday 10/21: 12:00pm vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday 11/11: 12:00pm vs. Arizona Cardinals


Researchers from The University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation are doing a research project on women’s health and disability. They are interested in connecting with women with physical disabilities living in Lyon County. We are helping spread the word to women in our community!

The researchers want to hear from you and get your opinion about important areas of your health as a woman. They will travel to Emporia, Kansas to host a focus group of 8 to 10 women. Women in this study will receive $25 as a thanks for their time.

If you are between 18 and 50 years old and have some limitation in your mobility for at least 6 months and need some help with either personal care and/or routine needs, like everyday chores or going to the store you may be eligible.

To learn more about the study and see if you qualify, you can contact the researchers in three different ways.

  1. Call them at 734-763-0430
  2. Email them at kreschme@umich.edu
  3. Write them at Women’s Health and Disability Study, c/o Jodi Kreschmer 325 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 300, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108.
  4. Or if you wish, the Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) would be happy to send your -name and contact information to the researchers with your permission. Just call or email Beth Burnett and her phone number is 785-528-3105 and email is bethc@rcilinc.org at RCIL and let them know.

Women’s Health (PDF Flier)

I’m sure you have seen “Awareness Month” for one reason or another from month to month.  I know April is almost over but I thought I’d share some facts and resources about this month’s observations including Autism Awareness and Parkinson’s Awareness.

Autism RibbonAutism Awareness Month

Autism short of Autism Spectrum Disorder is a development disability

1 out of 68 children have Autism

There is no one cause for Autism

Autism is treatable and early intervention is key

Some symptoms/signs include: delay in speech, avoiding eye contact, lack of peer relationships, and more

Puzzles pieces/puzzle piece ribbon has become the symbol for Autism to represent the complexity and different colors and shapes showing the diversity of families and people


Parkinson's DiseaseParkinson’s Awareness Month

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenative disorder that affects a portion of the brain

Symptoms usually progress slowly over years

No known cause, and no cure

Treatment includes surgery and medication

Parkinson’s itself is not fatal but complications from the disorder can be serious

A person with Parkinson’s made a symbol with a red tulip and the letters P and D in 2005


Wednesday, April 18th, in Emporia attend a free seminar on everything you need to know about renting!

This training is for landlords (https://tinyurl.com/EmporiaLANDLORD2018) or tenants (http://tinyurl.com/EmporiaTENANT2018)

Follow link or call (785) 234-0217 for more information or to register.

Renters Training Session April 2018