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










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!

The iKan-RCIL program started in August of 2010 and its purpose is to teach people who are blind/have low vision and are 55 years or older how to live as independently as possible. IKan-RCIL has been possible with contracts awarded from Kansas Rehabilitation Services (KRS) that allows funding for orientation and mobility training, assistive technology aids and devices, and independent living training. RCIL recently received its third contract which will last through 2020.

Since inception, iKan-RCIL has more than doubled in size from 15 counties in 2010, to 32 counties beginning in July 2017. The coverage area includes the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Brown, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clay, Coffey, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Elk, Geary, Greenwood, Jackson, Labette, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wilson, and Woodson. This is including the nine counties RCIL began covering in July (Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson.)

iKan-RCIL map 2017

To be eligible for this program you must live in one of the above mentioned counties, be 55 years or older and have a vision loss that affects your daily living. Mandy Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, who is based out of the Osage City office provides the services for this program. She travels to individuals’ homes to teach the skills and/or give items that will allow individuals to be as independent as possible. This program is free to the individual and can be provided in any home setting. Mandy also does presentations to promote services and educate the public. Mandy will also be hosting independent living classes through the next three years throughout the 32 counties. Look for more information on these classes in the near future.

ikan-RCIL Flier

Though January is almost over there is still time to learn about Glaucoma.

  • Currently over 3 million people in the United States have Glaucoma
  • It is estimated that half of those people don’t know they have it
  • There is no symptoms and once vision is lost it is permanent
  • Glaucoma is the leading cause of PREVENTABLE blindness
  • It is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans
  • There are multiple types of glaucoma most affect middle age but it can occur at any age
  • Best way to protect yourself is yearly eye exams

There are many resources available for more information.






Closed for Labor Day

Categorized: Independent Living, RCIL Updates

RCIL offices will be closed Monday, September 5th, in observation of Labor Day.


Fun Fact – Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894 to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Closed for Memorial Day

Categorized: Independent Living

Reminder our offices will be closed Monday, May 30th, for Memorial Day.  We will reopen Tuesday, May 31st, at 8:00am.