The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas (MWKS) crowning ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, March 3, 2019, 2 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Lawrence, Kan. The ceremony will be open to the public and free of charge. It will include platform speech presentations by the contestants; a keynote speech from Ms. Wheelchair Missouri, Hilary Muehlberger; farewell from the current titleholders, and crowning of the new Ms. Wheelchair Kansas and Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas. Brittany Moore, with KSNT News in Topeka, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.

The mission of the MWKS program is to annually select one woman, who is wheelchair mobile, who will successfully advocate, educate, and empower all people on a state level. This is NOT a beauty contest, but rather a competition to select the most articulate, accomplished delegate who will serve as a role model and spokesperson for people with disabilities in Kansas. The crowned titleholder will have the opportunity to travel throughout the state educating various groups about the issues of importance to people with disabilities. She will share her voice and platform with the community through presentations, public appearances, and interaction with the media. Her reign will ultimately lead up to an opportunity to attend the national competition in July, where she will represent Kansas and compete for the title of Ms. Wheelchair America.

The two contestants participating in the 2019 MWKS competition are Andrea Romero of Wichita and Kynedi Weaver of Olathe. These contestants will participate in a variety of activities March 1 – 3 to prepare for Sunday’s crowning. The contestants will be scored during four different events: two personal interview sessions, a platform speech presentation, and on-stage questions. Judges will evaluate the participants based on their accomplishments, self-perception, communication, and projection skills. The contestants will also take part in a variety of informative sessions on such topics as self-esteem, advocacy, and working with the media, and will experience giving back to the community through a volunteer experience.

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas will also be announcing the new Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas. The Little Miss program gives the younger generation of 5-12 year olds the opportunity to educate, meet people, share their voice, and learn from adult role models. Ariana Hutchinson of Topeka, the current Little Miss, will pass her title onto the next young role model at this year’s ceremony.

The Ms. Wheelchair America Program was created in 1972, and this is the sixteenth year that Kansas will be represented at the national competition. The reigning titleholder, Allison Merriam of Kansas City, has worked in this past year to empower Kansans and spread her platform of “Transformation of the Perception of Disability.” She will say farewell at the crowning ceremony and will pass her crown on to the 2019 titleholder. Be there as we celebrate 15 years, say goodbye to our current titleholders, and crown the new Ms. Wheelchair Kansas and Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas!

For more information, please contact Carrie Greenwood, State Coordinator, at (785) 267-5982 or via e-mail at mswheelchairkansas@yahoo.com. More information can also be found on the Ms. Wheelchair Kansas website at www.mswheelchairkansas.org.

The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas program is sponsored in part by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

Follow the link to CNN’s article on the first contestant to use a wheelchair enter in a world pageant!

Justine Clark is helping break barrier for those with disabilities!

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/23/health/pageant-contestant-wheelchair-trnd/index.html

 

 

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RCIL will be hosting a Trunk or Treat at its Osage City location on October 27th.  The event will be from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the parking lot of 1137 Laing in Osage City.  You can participate in two different ways: you may bring treats to hand out from your trunk or you may bring children dressed in costume to enjoy the event.  There is no cost for the event.  We hope to see many of you out there!

Here is a highlight video of Adaptive Training Foundation.  Visit their website for more information www.adaptivetrainingfoundation.org

 

It’s that time of year again!  The holidays are around the corner.  Everyone is busy preparing their delicious foods and buying gifts to give their family and friends.  Other annual events include the RCIL consumer Christmas parties!

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: 

Iola – Dec. 15 at the Townhouse Apartments (217 N. Washington Ave.) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

El Dorado – Dec. 17 at the RCIL Office (615 1/2 N. Main) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Fort Scott – Dec. 17 at the High Rise Apartments (315 Scott Ave.) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm 

Paola – Dec. 19 at the Paola Senior Center (121 W. Wea St.) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Emporia – Dec. 22 at the Broadview Towers Apartments (110 W. 6th Ave.) from 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Eureka – Dec. 23 at the Magic Circle Apartments in the South Community Room (301 Magic Circle Rd.) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Who is always looking for something exciting to do on the weekends?  September 6th starting at 3:00pm in Manhattan you could enjoy watching the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team!  All games will be held at Kansas State University’s Tointon Stadium and admission is free.  The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will be playing against Fort Riley All-Stars Celebrity Team  and a Celebrity All-Stars Team which is made up of former Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, a form Detroit Lion player and Dweir Brown who was in the movie ‘Field of Dreams’.  Below is all the information you need to enjoy some great softball!

 

Kansas State University- Tointon Stadium

1800 College Ave.Manhattan, KS 66502

3:00pm- WWAST vs Fort Riley All-Stars Celebrity Team

4:00 pm- Home Run Derby

5:00 pm- WWAST vs Celebrity All-Stars Team

 

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When growing up it seems like kids always made fun of other kids who were “different” than “the norm.” Whether it was kids who: were overweight, dressed in different fashions, wore glasses, etc.

Now that I’m a parent and my son is starting school and sports I worry not only about what kind of social interactions he’s having but also about his safety. How does a parent address safety issues in sports without making his/her child a “target” for bullies?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, every 13 minutes an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury. 40% of sports eye injuries occur in children between 11-14 years-old. And according to Prevent Blindness America 90% of all eye injuries are preventable with proper eyewear. Another fact for you, 21% of traumatic brain injuries among United States children and adolescents are from you guessed it, sports.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love sports and I do not believe eliminating sports is the answer to these injuries. I believe the answer is for parents to teach our children that protective eyewear and helmets aren’t dorky, goofy and especially aren’t stupid. We as parents have to teach our children that bicycle helmets are cool and we must teach by example. (Remember we are still at risk for injury.) The more people who wear protective eyewear and helmets the less “different” it will become. When you tell your son/daughter to put on his/her shin guards for soccer he/she may ask you why. You simply say, “To protect your shins.” When you hand him/her protective eyewear and he/she wants to know why he/she has to wear it you simply say, “It’s to protect your eyes.” We want to protect our children from as much as possible and if I’m protecting my son from a bruise on his shin shouldn’t I be protecting his eyes and brain?

Remember… “The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is” – Charles Schwab But, it will always be worth it!