The State’s workforce development team is currently seeking input from job seekers/students from all across Kansas.  The sessions begin next week so act fast!  Please contact Shanna Jager at 785.532.6251 or email for more information.  You can also check out these flyers for more specific information on each of the upcoming sessions in Wichita, Emporia, Great Bend, Dodge City, Garden City, Colby, Kansas City, Lenexa, and Chanute.

Employment First Summit is an opportunity for professionals, employers, job coaches, caregivers, people with disabilities, family members, students, etc. to learn about raising awareness, increasing opportunities, and sustaining competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities.

This event is FREE thanks to our sponsor Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities and will be held Friday, May 3rd.  Registration begins at 7:30am and morning keynote begins at 8:30am.

Keynote speakers:
Rob Hoffman, Owner/Senior Partner, Employment Analytics, Crystal Bell, Coordinator of Missouri Family to Family, Dan Meers, KC Wolf mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs

Breakout session topics include: education, employment, self-advocacy, quality assurance, and employment inclusion.

Facebook event link:

Contact Macy Collins at our El Dorado office for more information or to register (316)322-7853

Employment Skills Class

Categorized: Employment

Are you interested in seeking employment, but not sure where to start?

Join us May 24th for a free employment skills class!  In the morning session we’ll learn about resumes, job searches, and the interview process.  In the afternoon speakers from Vocational Rehabilitation, Kansas WORKS, and a Benefits Specialist will give brief presentations of their services.  Sessions will be held 10 am to 12 pm and 1 to 2 pm on May 24th at our Emporia office location:  215 W. 6th Ave. Suite 202

Please RSVP by May 22nd by calling 1-800-580-7245 or emailing


Now Hiring! Challenging and Rewarding work in the Fort Scott, LaCygne, Topeka and Lawrence areas – Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc., a non-profit organization, is seeking to hire caring, flexible people to work with individuals who are re-learning independent living skills after experiencing a brain injury. Paid training provided. Background checks required. Contact Tania Harrington at 800 – 580-7245.

Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. is hiring!

 Transitional Living Specialists – Seeking to hire TLS to work one-on-one with individuals who has experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury to teach independent living skills in the following communities:  Colony, Fort Scott, LaCygne, Eureka, Topeka, and Lawrence.  These are all part-time positions.      

 Payroll Clerk – As one of the largest Financial Management Service providers in the state, RCIL processes weekly payroll for over 1000 home care workers.  The payroll clerk assists with processing payroll information including data entry and communicating mainly by telephone with homecare workers and their employers.  Previous payroll experience preferred.  Excellent customer service skills required.  This is a full-time position with competitive pay and excellent benefits.    

 Assistive Technology Delivery & Pick Up Specialist – Support the Kansas Equipment Exchange Program by picking up and delivering assistive technology & medical equipment to people with disabilities in NE Kansas. Experience with data entry preferred.  Excellent customer service and telephone communication skills required.  Must have a valid Kansas Driver’s License and  be able to drive company vehicles without restrictions. Also, be able to lift and carry a minimum of 75 pounds and to team-lift/carry, push or pull up to 200 lbs. as well as frequent bending, kneeling and reaching is required.  This is a permanent, part-time (20 hours per week/up to 1000 per calendar year) position.   

Team players, with an excellent work ethic should fill out an RCIL application or submit their resume (including references) to   People with disabilities are encouraged to apply!


The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is conducting a study of adults with physical disabilities.  They want to know about your barriers to employment as well as resources that you need to support your work/career goals.  In addition, the are interested in knowing how you find information on employment services and supports.

Participants should be between the ages of 18-65 and have a physically disability.  The survey will take approximately 20 minutes and 100 participants will be randomly selected to receive a $25 gift card.

If you have questions or need accommodations contact Dr. Katherine Inge, VCU-RRTC PO Box 842011 Richmond, VA 23284-2011 or (804) 828-5956 TTU (804) 828-2494

Visit the link below to complete the survey.  There is also a flier with all of the information linked below.

Employment survey (flier)


Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) is hiring!  Please review the open positions below:

Transitional Living Skills Specialist(s) – Work part-time with individuals that have experienced traumatic brain injury as they re-learn independent living skills. Training provided. Great hourly pay. In the El Dorado, Potwin, Fredonia, Overland Park, Lawrence, Devon/Fort Scott, LaCygne, and Quenemo areas. Call Tania Harrington at 1-800-580-7245 for more details or request an application by email at

Driver/Assistant Technology Assistant  – Work part-time and based from RCIL’s office in Topeka and will drive to and from locations, providing transportation for staff and also delivering and picking-up assistive technology and durable medical equipment as assigned. The Driver/AT Asst. shall focus his/her work complimentary to the spirit and intent of the independent living philosophy.  Requirements include: Ability to drive company vehicles without restriction; ability to lift (and/or team-lift) carry, push or pull up to 150 lbs. Frequent bending, kneeling and reaching; experience that demonstrates organization and planning abilities; experience that demonstrates strong desire to help others; working telephone; and valid Kansas Driver’s License.  Also, communicate with the other staff to coordinate schedule; deliver and/or pick-up equipment to consumer’s homes and other locations; maintain appropriate positive, professional interpersonal relationships with staff, peers, consumers, volunteers and other stakeholders; enter data regarding deliveries and pick-ups in to database; schedule deliveries; and other duties as assigned.  Qualified people with disabilities are encouraged to apply!  Request an application via email to or fax resume to 785-528-3665 – Attn: HR.

Assistive Technology Specialist – Work part-time to assist individuals with disabilities to participate more independently within their environment through assistive technology including, but not limited to: communication devices, durable medical equipment, and positioning and mobility devices. To apply submit a resume, references and cover letter to: or call Deone Wilson, Executive Director, at 785-528-3105 to request necessary accommodations to the application process. Qualified persons with a disability are encouraged to apply.



New Day Chance for Better

Categorized: Consumer Education, Employment

I’ve been told I can be a perfectionist.  I’m definitely not a perfectionist about everything in my life especially not with housework, my car, or basically anything with cleaning!  But I am a perfectionist when it comes to the quality of my work whether school work or my career.  I guess I always assumed this was a bad thing.  I should not strive to be perfect because there is no such thing… Right?  Every day when I submit something to my supervisor or my professor I think, “Man, I should have turned that in sooner.” “I should have proof read that better.” “I should have…”  I always feel like I could have done something to make it better.

Then I found a blog that makes me feel a little bit more… well, normal!  Jeff Haden posted a blog on the 9 Hidden Qualities of Remarkable Bosses.  And though I am far from being a “boss” I do worry about how my work reflexes my co-workers and my supervisors.  I want them to be proud of my work and I want others to want to work with me.

This is one of the qualities Haden said remarkable bosses have:  “They always go home feeling they could have done better.
Leadership is like a smorgasbord of insecurity. Bosses worry about employees and customers and results. You name it, they worry about it.
That’s why remarkable bosses go home every day feeling they could have done things a little better or smarter. They wish they had treated employees with a little more sensitivity or empathy.
Most importantly, they always go home feeling they could have done more to fulfill the trust their employees place in them.
And that’s why, although you can’t see it, when they walk in the door every day remarkable bosses make a silent commitment to do their jobs even better than they did yesterday.
And then they do”

I find this, in itself remarkable to think about.  Could you imagine how great a place could become if each employee walked in the door every morning, thinking “I’m going to do my job better than I did it yesterday.”

Thinking of it this way, I don’t have to be perfect, but I can always grow and be better than I was yesterday!

If you are interested in reading Haden’s blog:


Disability Mentoring Day is a nationwide effort to promote career development for students with disabilities through hands-on career exploration.

What is Disability Mentoring Day?

Students with disabilities (mentees) are matched with workplace mentors according to expressed career interests. Mentees experience a typical day on the job and learn how to prepare to enter the world of work. Employers gain an increased awareness that people with disabilities represent an overlooked talent pool. Disability Mentoring Day is a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).


Disability Mentoring Day began in 1999 with fewer than three-dozen student participants as part of a White House effort to increase the profile of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), celebrated every October. In 2005, 9,000 youth with disabilities participated nationally and in 20 international locations. They were mentored by more than 2,000 private, non-profit, governmental, and educational organizations.

What are the goals of Disability Mentoring Day?

  • To enhance internship and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • To promote disability as a central component of diversity recruitment for a more inclusive workforce.
  • To dispel employers’ fears about hiring people with disabilities.
  • To increase confidence among students and job seekers with disabilities.
  • To launch a year-round effort to foster mentoring opportunities.

Who participates?

Employers (private, non-profit, government, educational), students with disabilities, and educators participate in Disability Mentoring Day.


Information is from:

This blog entry was adapted from information provided by the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas (SILCK)

Through the dedicated work of the Centers for Independent Living (CILs), a significant change has taken place in terms of the cost of persons with disabilities who are employed and those who remain unemployed.

KU conducted a five year study of consumers who were working and were able to maintain their medical
card. They found not only were the persons continuing to work but the monthly cost of their medical services substantially decreased.

People with disabilities CAN and WANT to Work!

Through the Medicaid Buy-In or Working Healthy Program, there are over 1,100 people with disabilities currently enrolled. The Working Healthy Program…

  • Allows people with disabilities to return to or increase their work effort without losing critical Medicaid Coverage.
  • Encourages people to work, increase their income and accumulate assets in order to reduce long term reliance on public supports.
  • Requires some people to pay a monthly premium for Medicaid coverage.
  • Has premium amounts that are based on the household’s countable income and are payable monthly.

Researchers at the University of Kansas say one of the surest ways to reduce Medicaid spending on people with disabilities is also one of the most underutilized. It’s called work.

“The problem is most people aren’t aware of Working Healthy,” said Nicolle Kurth, a researcher at KU’s Center for Research on Learning.

Working Healthy is a program that since July 2002 has allowed people with disabilities to hold on to their Medicaid coverage while they work. “They have to pay a premium,” Kurth said, “but the premium is based on a sliding scale and can’t be more than 7.5 percent of their income.”

In Kansas, around 1,100 disabled people take part in Working Healthy. Almost 40 percent of them are mentally ill; more than 20 percent are physically disabled.

Earlier this year, a KU Center for Research on Learning study found that between 2004 and 2007, Medicaid spending on outpatient services per beneficiary per month went from $816 to $718. For the same period, Medicaid outpatient spending on Working Healthy participants went from $434 to $232.
Outpatient services include visits to the doctor, mental health counseling and most other regular services, excluding pharmacy benefits, that do not require hospitalization.

“Being on Working Healthy reduced Medicaid spending by almost 50 percent,” said Shannon Jones, executive director for the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas. “The fact of the matter is that people with disabilities would much rather be out working than staying home, watching their health deteriorate,” Jones said. “The reason they don’t (work) is they are scared to death of losing their health insurance, which happens to be Medicaid. Working Healthy lets them stay on Medicaid,” she said.

Adapted from a NEWS report by Dave Ranney, KHI, October 25, 2010.