Where did this year go?  I know for me it flew by!  So now it’s time to get the winter gear out, buy some hot chocolate and find some holiday cheer!  Please come and enjoy a Christmas party at your local Friends Group!

All groups will meet from 1:00pm-3:00pm for the exception of Emporia.

December 12th – Iola: Iola Housing Authority (217 N. Washington)

December 13th – Fort Scott: Fort Scott Housing Authority (315 Scott)
December 13th- Osage City: Park Place Apartments (207 S. 6th)

December 18th – Emporia: Broadview Towers Apartments (110 W. 6th) 1:30-3:30pm*

December 19th – Eureka: Magic Circle Apartments (301 Magic Circle Rd – South Community Room)

December 20th – El Dorado: RCIL office (615 1/2 N. Main)

***December 29th – Paola: Paola Senior Center 121 W. Wea *** Update to date and location

Please call your local RCIL office to RSVP and to request any accommodations needed.

 

 

The Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living (KACIL) is pleased to announce that it received one of seven national Quality of Life grants from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Funds will be used to transition people with paralysis living in nursing homes back into their homes or a community-based setting of their choice.

Read more:

https://www.christopherreeve.org/about-us/press-releases/the-christopher-dana-reeve-foundation-launches-nursing-home-grants

 

Free Dental Services

Categorized: Consumer Opportunities

Free Dental Services in Manhattan!

January 27-28 Doors Open at 4:30am

Patient Registration at 222 N 6th St Manhattan (old Ray’s Apple Market) –  There is only disabled parking at this location, general parking located at 100 Manhattan Town Ctr or 3rd & Leavenworth (Manhattan Town Center Mall)

No Appointments- first come first served for children and adults

Information for those planning on participating:

  • Continue taking any prescription medications as directed and bring them along so a dose is not missed
  • Bring a list of current medications, allergies, and health conditions
  • No eligibility, income, or residency requirements needed
  • Services include: cleanings, fillings, and extractions (NO DENTURES)
  • Nearly 700 patients will be treated each day so be prepared to wait several hours
  • Biscuits and gravy for breakfast and a sandwich for lunch will be provided at no charge. Bring snacks and water.

This a project of Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, Kansas Mission of Mercy, and Kansas Dental Association

In case you haven’t seen our Winter Newsletter here is the article regarding our consumer Christmas parties!

The holiday season is here! RCIL will have their annual consumer Christmas parties during the month of December. Below is a listing of the dates and locations of the parties. Pick the event you would like to attend and RSVP to the RCIL office hosting that event at least one week prior. Please be sure to request special accommodations when you RSVP if necessary.

The Christmas parties are being held in conjunction with the December RCIL Friends meetings. There will be fun activities and food provided. If you have questions or would like more information, feel free to contact your local RCIL office.

RCIL staff would like to wish you a   Happy Holiday Season and safe travels.

Christmas Parties Schedule

Fort Scott – Dec. 7 at the Fort Scott Housing Authority (315 Scott St.) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Iola – *Dec. 20 at the Iola Housing Authority (217 N. Washington Ave.) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Osage City – Dec. 14 at the Park Place Apartments (207 S. 6th St.) from 1:00pm – 3:00p

Paola – Dec. 16 at the Paola Housing Authority (310 S. Iron Ave.) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Emporia – Dec. 19 at the Broadview Towers Apartments (110 W. 6th Ave.) from 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Eureka – Dec. 20 at the Magic Circle Apartments in the South Community Room (301 Magic Circle Rd.) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

El Dorado – Dec. 21 at the RCIL Office (615 1/2 N. Main) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

*Note* Iola’s meeting has been changed from the time the newsletter was printed.  The date is the 20th!

 

This month’s Fort Scott Friends Group will meet at 1:00pm on August 24th at Gunn Park.

Carrie and Delaney - Ms WheelChair Kansas 2015 & Litle Miss Wheelchair Kansas 2015

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas is currently searching for women to participate in their 2016 event to be held March 11-13 in Topeka. Contestants can be nominated by a person or group or can choose to participate in the program.

Are you a woman of achievement who is wheelchair mobile? Would you like to share your voice with the state of Kansas? Then participate in our upcoming event and compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2016!

Or… do you know a woman who is wheelchair mobile who is also passionate, dynamic, articulate, and who has a message to share throughout the state? Then nominate them to be a contestant in Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2016!

The selected titleholder will have the opportunity to travel throughout the state of Kansas educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. She will serve as a role model, mentor our Little Miss titleholder, share her chosen platform, and interact with the media.

Also, Ms. Wheelchair is looking for young ladies between the ages of 5 and 12 who happens to be wheelchair mobile and is also full of life. Nominations are being except now for that young lady to be Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas 2016!

Each year, one girl will be chosen from a pool of contestants to serve as the Little Miss titleholder. Whoever is chosen will work alongside our Ms. Wheelchair Kansas titleholder to empower and educate people of all ages. She will attend various events, share her story, serve as an example for other youth with disabilities, and empower Kansans through her positive attitude.

The following are links for more information:

KDADS is hosting a “KanCare HCBS Waiver Integration Information and Comment Tour” and are encouraging consumers and their families to attend.  All locations will feature meetings at 1:30pm-3:30pm for providers and 5:30pm-7:30pm for consumers and families.

Topeka Tuesday, Nov. 10th Capitol Plaza Hotel 1717 SW Topeka Blvd

Wichita Thursday, Nov. 12th Doubletree Wichita Airport 2098 Airport Rd

Kansas City Thursday, Nov. 12th Hilton Garden Inn 520 Minnesota Ave

Hays Monday, Nov. 16th Ambassador Hotel 3603 Vine St

Pittsburg Monday, Nov. 16th Holiday Inn Express 4011 Parkview Dr

If you are unable to attend in person there will be conference calls on Friday, November 13th from 12:00pm-1:30pm and Tuesday, November 17th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. To access the conference call dial: (866) 620-7326 Enter code: 527-268-5242.

The Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas (SILCK) and the Centers for Independent Living in Kansas are holding stakeholder forums in 5 cities across Kansas to gain information on goals and issues regarding Independent Living for Kansans with disabilities.  The SILCK and the CILs plan to use this “grassroots” input to help write the next State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).  Independent living demands consumer empowerment, control, equal access, and integration.  We hope that by hearing from the people first, we can better reflect what the needs are of people with disabilities and come up with an effective plan to truly make Kansas an inclusive community. 

Please join us for open discussion at one of the following events:

Thursday, October 29th, 2015  10am to 12pm
Victory Electric, Hampton room
3230 N. 14th Ave.
Dodge City, KS 67801
*Accessible parking on the South side, everyone else please park on the North side.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015  10am to 12pm
USD 409 Atchison Public School District Office, Community Room
626 Commercial
Atchison, KS 66002

Monday, November 9th, 2015  10am to 12pm
Colby Public Library, basement conference room
375 W 4th St
Colby, KS 67701

Thursday, November 12th, 2015  10am to 12pm
Chanute Recreation Commission, Party Room
400 S. Highland
Chanute, KS 66720

Friday, November 6th, 2015  10am to 12pm
OCCK Transportation Building
340 N. Santa Fe
Salina, KS 64701

Please contact Kathy Cooper at kathy.cooper@silck.org or 785-234-6990 for any accommodations by 11/5/15.

 

If you are looking for something to do this month here is a list of events around our service area:

September 15th – Manhattan Senior Center from 1:00pm-3:00pm

  • Low Vision Information and Device demonstration – NanoPac, Assistive Technology for Kansans and RCIL will present on low vision devices and helpful information

September 16th – Topeka/Shawnee County Library from 9:00am-12:00pm

  • Senior fair – Many booths will be open to provide seniors information on services available.  Door prizes will be given.

September 19th – Flint Hills Mall (Emporia) from 8:00am-12:00pm

  • Lift Off for Health – Games, prices, bouncy house, samples, balloon release, free food, fitness demonstrations, activities, and grand prizes of His and Her Fitbits

YLF LogoKYEA is announcing that the delegate application deadline for the 2015 Kansas Youth Leadership Forum has been extended to February 2, 2015. This extension is being made in order to provide more youth with the opportunity to apply this year. So, do you know of a high school junior or senior with a disability who has leadership potential or interest? Then they still have time to apply for this year’s KSYLF!

The 2015 Kansas Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities will be held July 13-18, 2015 at Washburn University in Topeka. The KSYLF is an annual conference that is heading into its fifteenth year serving students with disabilities across the state. During the forum, delegates enjoy a week full of learning, fun, friends, and, most of all, a new sense of empowerment! They participate in a variety of sessions and activities, including large sessions with community speakers, small breakout sessions with their peers, as well as activities like a trip to the Capitol, mentor luncheon, recreation session, real life fair, barbecue, talent show, and a dance!

All students who are interested in attending the KSYLF must meet the following criteria:
• reside in Kansas
• have a disability as defined with the Americans With Disabilities Act
• be in the 11th or 12th grade as of December 31, 2014
• have demonstrated leadership potential or interest in school and the community

There will be no cost for students who are selected to attend. All lodging, food, and accommodations are paid for through KSYLF funds. Accommodations such as personal care attendants, sign language interpreters, large print or Braille materials, and other accommodations will be provided for those delegates who need them.

Students must fill out an application that will be reviewed through a competitive selection process. About 25 – 30 delegates will be selected to attend. The delegate application deadline has been extended to February 2, 2015.

Delegate applications, as well as other information, can be downloaded from our website at http://www.kyea.org/upcomingksylf. The application and fact sheet are also attached. More information can also be obtained by contacting me at 866-577-5932 toll free or carrieg@kyea.org.