RCIL will be hosting two low vision fairs in March.  The fairs will be on March 6th in Baxter Springs and March 7th in Garnett.  Both fairs will be located at the town’s library and will be from 1:00-3:00pm.

During that time Mandy Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, will present on iKan-RCIL’s program and services and will introduce representatives from other agencies that serve the low vision/blind population.  In Baxter Springs, the agencies will include: Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), Audio Reader, and Kansas Talking Books.  Garnett’s line up will be NanoPac, Audio Reader, and Kansas Talking Books.  Along with presenting on available resources, agencies will also have demonstrations of equipment for hands-on opportunities.

If you have questions feel free to call Mandy Smith (785) 528-3105 or email her at Amanda.smith@rcilinc.org

Fliers are located below with the address of both locations.

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If you are looking for something to do this month here is a list of events around our service area:

September 15th – Manhattan Senior Center from 1:00pm-3:00pm

  • Low Vision Information and Device demonstration – NanoPac, Assistive Technology for Kansans and RCIL will present on low vision devices and helpful information

September 16th – Topeka/Shawnee County Library from 9:00am-12:00pm

  • Senior fair – Many booths will be open to provide seniors information on services available.  Door prizes will be given.

September 19th – Flint Hills Mall (Emporia) from 8:00am-12:00pm

  • Lift Off for Health – Games, prices, bouncy house, samples, balloon release, free food, fitness demonstrations, activities, and grand prizes of His and Her Fitbits

The Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. is seeking donations of new or gently used durable medical equipment to be refurbished and given to Kansans with disabilities or health conditions through Kansas Equipment Exchange, a statewide program operated by Assistive Technology for Kansans.

Types of equipment being sought include manual and powered wheelchairs, communication devices, hospital beds, bariatric equipment, gait trainers, chargers for power devices, specialized car seats, feeding pumps, aluminum entry ramps and other items.

Donations can be dropped off next week between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Resource Center for Independent Living Inc., 1507 S.W. 21st St., suite 203.

If unable to bring the equipment to the office, individuals can contact the Kansas Equipment Exchange at (800) 526-3648 and arrange for pick-up. Likewise, those in need of equipment to stay in their home or for health reasons can contact the same number to request assistance

iKan-RCIL will be hosting a low vision fair in Fort Scott on April 2nd.  The fair will consist of Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Foulk speaking about eye health, diseases and conditions along with Audio Reader, Talking Books, Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), and iKan-RCIL speaking about their program and services.  Assistive technology equipment will be available for hands-on demonstrations.

The fair will be held at the Fort Scott Housing Authority/Scott View Apartments (315 Scott Ave. Fort Scott, KS 66701) from 1:00-3:00pm.  If you have questions please call Mandy Smith at (877) 719-1717.

iKan-RCIL is a program for individuals who are 55 years and older who are blind or have low vision.  iKan-RCIL is funded by Kansas Rehabiliation and Services and covers 23 counties in Kansas.

 

ATK Expo

Please keep September 12-14 open to join the Assistive Technology (AT) Expo at the Topeka Expo Center.  More than 20 AT sessions will be given ranging from independent living, community, employment, education and recreation.  There will also be around 200 booths set up in the Expo hall.  The AT Expo is free to the public!  The AT Expo is put on by Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK)

Below is a link for more information on the AT Expo.

http://atk.ku.edu/conference/index.shtml

Saturday, April 13th from 8:00am-2:00pm at RCIL’s Topeka office (519 Sw 37th Street Topeka, KS 66611) will be Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) and RCIL’s Spring Fling.  RCIL Assistive Technology team will be having a resource fair and durable medical equipment drive.  They will be taking equipment such as manual and power wheelchairs, hospital beds, scooters, shower chairs, transfer benches, vehicle lifts, communication devices, low vision aids, standers, reverse walkers, gate trainers, feeding seats, and support chairs.  Donations may be tax deductible.  Your donated durable medical equipment will be refurbished and given to another Kansan in need.

KYEA is having their 4th annual fundraising garage sale and bake sale.  Some gargage sale items include furniture, housewares, decor, CDs, DVDs, and toys.  Additional events also include a plant sale that procedes will go towards RCIL’s Build a Ramp Project and a voter registration drive.

Come on our to our Topeka office and register to vote and buy some goodies to help some great programs/projects!
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Mark your calendar!

The Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) AT Expo for 2012 will be on September 27th from 1:00pm to 7:00pm and September 28th 7:30am to 4:00pm.

The 2 day event will be held in Wichita this year at the Wichita Hyatt – Century II.  The theme for this year’s AT Expo is “Imagine the Possibilities:  Active Living, Learning and working with AT.”

There will be over 90 exhibits of assistive technology, durable medical equipment and solutions for home, school and work.

To get your free admission ticket call (800) KAN-DOIT or (800) 526-3648.  ATK will begin giving out free admission tickets on July 1st.  Also, ATK will be offering scholarships for travel and hotel expenses to eligible consumers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Resource Center for Independent Living also houses the North East Kansas access site for Assistive Technology for Kansans(ATK) and the Kansas Equipment Exchange(KEE). Both of these programs help people with disabilities obtain needed assistive technology(AT) and medical equipment.

Assistive technology is a device or service that is used to increase the level of independence of an individual with a disability. It can range from very low-tech devices such as an adapted spoon or fork to high-tech devices like PDAs or iPads. There are over 25,000 different types of aids that are identified as Assistive Technology.

Assistive Technology can be utilized by people of all ages. Children can benefit in school by using AT devices such as communication boards or adaptive writing devices. Adults may use adapted computers or smart phones with accessible programs and services added.

ATK works with Vocational Rehabilitation to provide AT Assessments to determine needs, AT Evaluations which evaluate the impact of obtaining the correct AT devices and services, AT Training to teach a consumer how to use the equipment or service, and Technical Assistance Services which is a service other than those above that will help the consumer reach their goals. This can include equipment setup, troubleshooting, and upgrading.

The Kansas Equipment Exchange(KEE) helps Kansans obtain needed medical equipment by working with Medicaid. Durable medical equipment that was purchased with public dollars can be recovered and made available to other consumers.

Equipment can be donated to the KEE program when it is no longer needed. KEE staff will get the information from the donor, arrange to pickup the equipment, clean and sanitize it, then complete the steps necessary to add it to the list of available equipment.

When someone needs equipment, they may request it from KEE and are placed on a waiting list on a first come/first served basis. The donated equipment is matched with consumers needing equipment and KEE staff will deliver it to them. The consumer can keep the equipment, at no cost, as long as they need it and then are encouraged to donate it back to KEE when they no longer are utilizing it.

This process saves the state money by reusing items already purchased by the state and allows consumers to receive needed equipment they perhaps could not otherwise afford. You can see the list of available equipment online.

Our ATK team is headed up by Rosie Cooper and consists of Stuart Jones, Mikel McCary, John Jage, and Cathy Fagan. The KEE team is also supervised by Rosie and consists of Cathy Fagan and John Davis.
You can access ATK and the KEE programs by calling 1-800-KAN-DO-IT, you will be automatically routed to the correct access site for your location.