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. https://19twcl.eventbrite.com.

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 https://19twcl.eventbrite.com. You will find some amazing sessions that will inspire, encourage and inform parents and professionals!

 Tickets

  • 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

Scholarships

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 join us for an informative session on Self-Directing your Home and Community Based Services. Topics will include information on:

  • How to Recruit, Select, Interview, Hire, Train, Supervise and Dismiss Direct Support Workers (DSWs)
  • Understanding Enhanced Care Services (Sleep Cycle Support)
  • KS AuthentiCare (the Electronic Visit Verification Call In System)
  • Having a Backup Plan (of DSWs)
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Snacks Provided
Drawings will be held for prizes!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Magic Circle Apartments in the south community room
301 Magic Circle Road, Eureka

Space is limited!  Please call Mandy Kline or Becky Brewer at 1-800-580-7245 to reserve your spot!

AT&T is offering low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying households with at least one resident who participates in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and with an address in AT&T’s 21-state service area, which includes both Kansas and Missouri!

Internet plans range from $5 – $10 per month.

Click here to find rates, look-up an address, apply for program participation, and to enroll!

Are you a woman with a spinal cord injury (SCI) or with a physical disability who is thinking about getting pregnant, currently pregnant, been pregnant before, or have decided not to get pregnant?

Researchers from The University of Michigan are working to create a tool that women with SCI or with a physical disability can use when making the decision about whether to become pregnant.  Right now, they are working to figure out what should be included in this tool.  They will then test it with women to see if it’s helpful.  To be eligible in this study you must:

  • Be female
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Speak English
  • Fall into at least one of the following groups:
    • Thinking about getting pregnant
    • Currently pregnant
    • Been pregnant before
    • Have decided not to get pregnant

What is involved?  Study participation involves a telephone call to determine whether you are eligible for the study and the completion of an online survey.  Compensation for study participation is $25.

See the flyers here.  If you are interested please call The University of Michigan at 734-615-8543 or 734-763-9374.

 

Please join us for an informative session on Self-Directing your Home and Community Based Services. Topics will include information on:

  • How to Recruit, Select, Interview, Hire, Train, Supervise and Dismiss Direct Support Workers (DSWs)
  • Understanding Enhanced Care Services (Sleep Cycle Support)
  • KS AuthentiCare (the Electronic Visit Verification Call In System)
  • Having a Backup Plan (of DSWs)
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Snacks Provided

Drawings will be held for prizes!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Park Place Apartments
207 South 6th Street, Osage City

Space is limited! Please call Mandy Kline or Becky Brewer at 1-800-580-7245 to reserve your spot!

Please join us for an informative session on Self-Directing your Home and Community Based Services. Topics will include information on:

  • How to Recruit, Select, Interview, Hire, Train, Supervise and Dismiss Direct Support Workers (DSWs)
  • Understanding Enhanced Care Services (Sleep Cycle Support)
  • KS AuthentiCare (the Electronic Visit Verification Call In System)
  • Having a Backup Plan (of DSWs)
  • Medicaid Fraud
  • Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Snacks Provided

Drawings will be held for prizes!

Monday, May 20, 2019
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Broadview Towers Apartments
110 W. 6th Ave, Emporia

Space is limited! Please call Mandy Kline or Becky Brewer at 1-800-580-7245 to reserve your spot!

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.

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