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!

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!

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