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!

Employment First Summit is an opportunity for professionals, employers, job coaches, caregivers, people with disabilities, family members, students, etc. to learn about raising awareness, increasing opportunities, and sustaining competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities.

This event is FREE thanks to our sponsor Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities and will be held Friday, May 3rd.  Registration begins at 7:30am and morning keynote begins at 8:30am.

Keynote speakers:
Rob Hoffman, Owner/Senior Partner, Employment Analytics, Crystal Bell, Coordinator of Missouri Family to Family, Dan Meers, KC Wolf mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs

Breakout session topics include: education, employment, self-advocacy, quality assurance, and employment inclusion.

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/290128901613338/

Contact Macy Collins at our El Dorado office for more information or to register (316)322-7853

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

KDADS is hosting a “KanCare HCBS Waiver Integration Information and Comment Tour” and are encouraging consumers and their families to attend.  All locations will feature meetings at 1:30pm-3:30pm for providers and 5:30pm-7:30pm for consumers and families.

Topeka Tuesday, Nov. 10th Capitol Plaza Hotel 1717 SW Topeka Blvd

Wichita Thursday, Nov. 12th Doubletree Wichita Airport 2098 Airport Rd

Kansas City Thursday, Nov. 12th Hilton Garden Inn 520 Minnesota Ave

Hays Monday, Nov. 16th Ambassador Hotel 3603 Vine St

Pittsburg Monday, Nov. 16th Holiday Inn Express 4011 Parkview Dr

If you are unable to attend in person there will be conference calls on Friday, November 13th from 12:00pm-1:30pm and Tuesday, November 17th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. To access the conference call dial: (866) 620-7326 Enter code: 527-268-5242.

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

Do you want to help others? Are you looking for rewarding work with a flexible schedule and great hourly pay?  Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) is seeking to hire patient, and caring Transitional Living Specialists, committed to creative problem solving and overcoming barriers,  to work one-on-one with individuals in their homes who have experienced traumatic brain injury as they re-learn life skills.  Experience not required. Paid training is provided.  Applicants must meet background check requirements.  Opening available in the following areas: El Dorado, Potwin, Fredonia, Overland Park, Lawrence, Devon/Fort Scott, LaCygne, and Quenemo.  RCIL is a non-profit organization that is committed to working with individuals, families, and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities.  Submit resume or request an application via email to tania@rcilinc.org or by calling Tania Harrington at 800-580-7245. 

 

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

Don’t forget, November 4th is the General Election. 
If you are not able to vote that day, Kansas is one of the many states who allow early voting (by anyone).   If you require assistance with voting you may have someone enter the booth with you.  That person could be your family/friend or someone working at the election poll.  Educate yourself on the issues that are important for you and vote for the person you feel is the best candidate.

Mandy Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, will be presenting at the Chase County Health Department on May 1st.  The presentation will begin at 1:00pm and last approximately an hour.  Mandy will be explaining what the iKan-RCIL program does and the services it provides along with showing pieces of assistive technology.  Anyone who has a vision loss or anyone who works with people who have a vision loss is welcome to attend.

iKan-RCIL serves individuals who are 55 years and older and who are blind or have low vision, so this program will be focused on that age group.

Chase County Health Department
301 S. Walnut
Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845

If you have questions please call (785) 267-1717.

iKan-RCIL is funded by Kansas Rehabilitation and Services and covers 23 counties in Kansas.

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.