RCIL Information and Referral Team received their certification as a Community Resource Specialist through the Alliance for Information and Referral System (AIRS).  This credential demonstrates their ability to work directly with consumers either via phone, e-mail, or in-person to provide mediated information and referral systems navigation.  This certification is very valuable for RCIL because RCIL offers information and referral to anyone with or without a disability who are looking for resources.  These services ranged from providing phone numbers and printed materials to providing information about RCIL services and eligibility and even referrals to other agencies that will best meet the individual’s needs.  Congratulations to the Information and Referral Team!

Friday April 26, will be the 2019 Autism Summit from 8:45am-3:00pm.  This conference is for anyone who supports a child with autism (parent, teacher, caregiver, etc.) . You can register for free at Autism Summit. 

The Summit will include a keynote speaker in the morning about building social skills from childhood to young adulthood. The afternoon sessions will include: Charting the LifeCourse, Your Social Future, Building Friendships and Social Inclusion, Social Media: Playing it Safe

The Autism Summit is organized by the Capper Foundation; Families Together, Inc.; and Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA).

April 26 8:45am-3:00pm
Autism Summit 2019 – Team Empowerment Conference
Capper Foundation
3500 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604

If you need daycare they have a $50 voucher that you can call about at (785) 233-4777.  You can also request any accomdations you need at that same number.

 

 

Learn fall prevention techniques and exercises as well as hearing from community experts regarding overall health and wellness.  This program is free to the public.  The meetings are every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Flinthills Room at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS.  The first meeting starts on April 4, 2019.  Below is their schedule.

April 4: Introduction to Program and Exercises
April 11: Moving about Safely
April 18: Advancing Exercises and Home Hazards
April 25: Vision & Falls, Community Safety and Footwear
May 2: Managing Medications, Bone Health, Sleep Better
May 9: Getting Out and About
May 16: Review and Plan Ahead

They are currently taking applications.  If you are interested, contact Bobbi Larson at Newman Regional Health at 620-343-6800 ext. 2246.

Do you need assistance to pay your utility bill? The Kansas Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally funded program that helps qualifying households pay a portion of their home energy costs by providing a one-time per year benefit. The deadline for 2019 LIEAP application is March 29, 2019. For more information, visit the Department for Children and Families (DCF) website here to review their qualifications and their application. You can print and mail the application or complete the application online. Feel free to contact your local RCIL office if you need assistance to complete the LIEAP application.

Family Education Series – IEP Development

Categorized: Independent Living

Check out this new Family Education Series provided by KU and livestreamed on Facebook.  There will be new sessions on the second Thursday of every month.  Session 1: IEP Development will begin 6:00 pm Thursday, March 14th.

Emporia Friends group location change!

Categorized: Independent Living

Due to a high expected turnout the location for next week’s Emporia Friends group has been moved to the 2nd floor conference room at the Emporia Humanitarian Center.  The Humanitarian Center is located at 215 W. 6th Avenue in Emporia.

For more information please contact the Emporia office at 620.342.1648.

Check out State Independent Living Council of Kansas’ annual report below.

SILCK Annual Report (PDF)

SILCK Annual Report (text only)

For questions or more information contact Kathy Cooper (785) 234-6990 or Kathy.cooper@silck.org

Closed for Christmas

Categorized: Independent Living, RCIL Updates

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All RCIL offices will be closed December 25th and 26th for Christmas.  Offices will reopen Wednesday, December 27th.  Offices will also be closed Monday, January 1st for New Year’s Day.

 

Thank you, Veterans!

Categorized: Independent Living, Uncategorized

RCIL would like to thank all Veterans for their service.  Here are some family members and co-worker that RCIL would like to send an extra big thank you to!  (You can click on the pictures to see it enlarged, titles are underneath the photo)

 

 

 

Voicemail Not Working

Categorized: Independent Living

attentionOur voicemail system is down for the time being.  Please make sure to call us anytime between 8am-4pm Monday-Friday until we can get this fixed.  Thank you!