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.

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

www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/home-community-based-services-(hcbs)

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

 

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

Happy New Year!  The National Center on Health and Physical Activity for People with Disabilities (NCHPAD) is offering a free web-based physical activity and nutrition program for Kansans with disabilities.  Read their flier or go to their website for more information about the program.

 

 

 

The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy and Resource Center for Independent Living present… A workshop of the Empower Me! Series

Join us as we bring you the complete lowdown on relationships, dating, friendship, and sexual health!

Saturday, May 6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Townhouse Apartments Community Room in Iola
(217 N. Washington)

KYEA

Missing a piece to the HCBS Payroll puzzle?

 

WHAT: We all deserve happy and healthy relationships! Spend a day with us learning about all types of relationships, dating, social skills, safety, sexual health, and more in an interactive group setting. Hear from speakers, participate in group discussions, meet other youth with disabilities, enjoy hands on activities, food, prizes, and more! Register NOW!

WHO: This workshop is open to youth with disabilities, ages 15-25, who live in Iola or surrounding areas.

For more information: Contact Carrie at 785.215.6655 or carrieg@kyea.org.

Registrations DUE by APRIL 28!

Relationships 411 flyer info

Relationships 411 flyer- text only

Relationships 411- Registration Form

 

Growing up, I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought February was the heart month. Decorating for Valentine’s Day has always been fun.  Pink and red hearts all over the place, candy and cards being passed out, and love in the air.  Well, now that I’m grown up (age wise at least) I realize that February is a different type of heart month.  February is “National Heart Awareness Month”.

Things you can do to work towards keeping your heart healthy:

  • Regular doctor visits
  • Regular exercise
  • Eating well
  • Quit (or don’t start) smoking
  • Take your medication as needed

Heart disease is a serious illness that affects men and women.  Approximately one million people die each year from it, making it the leading cause of death in the United States.  So, for Valentine’s Day this year instead of chocolates a fruit arrangement would be healthier.  And a romantic walk on the beach could also ensure you’re keeping your heart healthy as you keep your significant one happy!

 

Well, it’s fall about to be winter.  The season of cold, gloomy, darkness.  For many that doesn’t stand for the weather only, it stands for their outlook on life.  Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form depression that is related to the change of seasons.  Most persons with SAD show signs or symptoms in the fall and it lasts through the winter.  There are some people who experiences SAD in the spring and summer seasons but that happens less often.

It is very important to not brush off feelings as “the winter blues” or as I always say “being in a funk”. You do not have to try to push through it.  Having SAD is not something to be ashamed of or something you have get over on your own.

According to the Mayo Clinic SAD is a subtype of major depression so the symptoms may be the same.  Some of which are listed below:

  • Feeling depressed some of or most of the day
  • Feeling worthless
  • Fatigued/low energy
  • Not enjoy your normal activities
  • Increase/decrease in appetite
  • Having issues concentrating
  • Problems sleeping
  • Thoughts of suicide and/or death

Some symptoms that are related to Fall/Winter SAD:

  • Problems getting along with others/irritability
  • Tiredness/low energy
  • Oversleeping
  • Limbs feel heavy
  • More sensitive in feelings (especially rejection)
  • Appetite changes (especially craving carbs)
  • Weight changes

Some causes of SAD include less sunlight which affects your internal clock, lowers your levels of serotonin levels which could trigger depression, and lowers your levels of melatonin which affects your sleep patterns.

If you are having multiple symptoms for several days contact your doctor.    Some doctors will prescribe medications, counselor, or even light therapy.  Some things you can do on your own to help with SAD make your environment brighter/sunnier, go outdoors, exercise, be social.  It is also very important to make sure you take care of yourself: eat well, get enough sleep, and manage your stress.  There is no way to prevent SAD or any other mood disorder but you can be proactive on the treatment of your choice once you notice symptoms.

Other helpful articles

Seasonal Depression – Mental Health America

Understanding SAD – WebMD

 

 

 

 

 

Are you on the Physical Disability wait list?  Have you been dropped from it?  You need to read this article from the Kansas Health Institute and contact the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS)!

http://www.khi.org/news/article/state-seeks-kansans-with-physical-disabilities-dropped-from-wait-list-for-m

Contact information for KDADS

Email  KDADS.HCBS-KS@ks.gov

New England Building 503 S. Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66603-3404
Main: 785-296-4986
Toll Free: 800-432-3535 (in Kansas only)
TTY Number: 785-291-3167
Fax: 785-296-0256
Business Hours:  Monday through Friday – 8 am to 5 pm