Where did this year go?  I know for me it flew by!  So now it’s time to get the winter gear out, buy some hot chocolate and find some holiday cheer!  Please come and enjoy a Christmas party at your local Friends Group!

All groups will meet from 1:00pm-3:00pm for the exception of Emporia.

December 12th – Iola: Iola Housing Authority (217 N. Washington)

December 13th – Fort Scott: Fort Scott Housing Authority (315 Scott)
December 13th- Osage City: Park Place Apartments (207 S. 6th)

December 18th – Emporia: Broadview Towers Apartments (110 W. 6th) 1:30-3:30pm*

December 19th – Eureka: Magic Circle Apartments (301 Magic Circle Rd – South Community Room)

December 20th – El Dorado: RCIL office (615 1/2 N. Main)

***December 29th – Paola: Paola Senior Center 121 W. Wea *** Update to date and location

Please call your local RCIL office to RSVP and to request any accommodations needed.



Watch the following video on how our RCIL Friends’ Group in Emporia was able to advocate for more accessible crosswalks!

“Stoplights Don’t Stop Us!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQEf-y08-To
“Stoplights Don’t Stop Us!” with audio description: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmeCIZuqwcI





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

Iola Friends Group Change

Categorized: RCIL Updates


Iola’s Friends group will not meet on their regular day due to a conflict.  They will meet October 30th at 1:30pm at the Housing Authority complex (normal location and time).

If you have questions please call (620)365-8144.

If you are interested in learning about our Friends Groups or looking for one in your area please visit our Friends Group page! We also have our event calendar that can help you keep track of our meetings/events.

The Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) is celebrating the 23rd Anniversary of the signing of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) at several events and locations throughout the month of July.

When President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law –the world’s first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities– in front of 3,000 people on the White House lawn on July 26, 1990, the event represented an historical benchmark and a milestone in America’s commitment to full and equal opportunity for all of its citizens.  The ADA reflects a recognition that the surest path to America’s continued vitality, strength and vibrancy is through the full realization of the contributions of all of its citizens.

The celebrations will coincide with monthly RCIL Friends group meetings and include free hot dogs and additional information about the ADA. “We hope to help bring awareness to the importance of the ADA and other legislation that places value on the lives and contributions of persons with disabilities.” said Adam Burnett, RCIL Director of Core Services.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

July 10th 1:00pm at High Rise Apartments in Fort Scott

July 12th 12:30pm at Park Place Apartments in Osage City.

July 23rd 1:00pm at Magic Circle Apartments in Eureka.

July 23rd 1:00pm at Townhouse Apartments in Iola.

July 24th 1:00pm at the RCIL office in El Dorado.

July 26th 1:00pm at the Senior Center in Paola.

July 29th 1:30pm at the Broadview Towers Apartments in Emporia.

About RCIL and Friends groups

RCIL’s mission statement:  “RCIL is committed to working with individuals, families, and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities.”  RCIL provides the five core services of independent living (Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, Peer Support, Information & Referral, and De-Institutionalization) to 15 counties throughout Eastern Kansas.  Friends group meetings are for individuals who have, or have experienced, a disability and are held monthly in El Dorado, Emporia, Eureka, Fort Scott, Iola, Osage City, and Paola.  Friends group members share, advocate, and learn information on disability related topics.  Please contact your local RCIL office for more information.