RCIL’s Mandy Smith will be hosting the following events:

  • Low vision fair April 7th at the Parsons Public Library from 1:00-3:00pm
  • Low vision independent living classes April 23rd and 30th at the Riley County Senior Center in Manhattan from 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Low vision fair May 13th at the Marion Senior Center from 12:15pm-2:15pm

Please look for more information in the future or call Mandy at (785)528-3105 if you have questions.

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

The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy is partnering with the Resource Center for Independent Living and bringing our Empower Me! Series “It’s My Life!” Workshop to Osage City and surrounding area youth! This is simply a one-day, weekend workshop that will help youth with disabilities learn how to live independently, make good decisions, and take charge of their life and future.

This workshop will be held on Saturday, April 14 at the Resource Center for Independent Living in Osage City. It will take place from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, but the day will be completely interactive with speakers, hands on activities, group discussion, food, prizes, and more! Participants will learn about a variety of different topics including independent living, housing, money management, transportation, decision making, communication, and more. Throughout the day, participants will learn about the various options, as well as resources, that are available in their community. They will even leave the workshop with a goal plan containing independent living goals.

So, who can attend this workshop?

  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 25.
  • Must have a disability (as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act).
  • Must live in Osage City or surrounding areas (nearby towns include Lyndon, Burlingame, Carbondale, Lebo, Allen, Eskridge, Pomona, Waverly, Hartford, Burlington, and Melvern).

There is no cost for participants to attend. KYEA will arrange for accommodations that are needed, including brainstorming transportation options.

See attached flyer and registration form. To attend this workshop, youth must fill out the registration form and return to us by APRIL 2, 2018.

It’s My Life flyer

It’s My Life- Registration Form

RCIL will host two independent living classes for people with vision loss in Pittsburg next month.  The first class with be November 1st and will cover self-care, transportation, cooking and shopping.  November 8th is the second class and reading, writing and over all assistive technology will be covered.  Both classes will run 1:00pm-3:00pm and will be held at the Via Christi Village (1502 E. Centennial Dr.).

For anyone who registers ahead of time and/or attends both days will be entered into a drawing for a prize.  To register or if you have questions contact Amanda Smith at (785) 528-3105 or amanda.smith@rcilinc.org.

Look for more information in the upcoming weeks for other locations that classes will be held.

Pittsburg November 2017

The Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas, Inc. will be hosting a public comment forum over the State Plan for Independent Living(SPIL) for FFY 2017 to FFY 2019 on March 30th from 10am to 12pm. This is an opportunity to gather input, share comments and ask questions on the proposed  SPIL.  The forum will be webcast using interactive technology to connect people in 13 communities throughout Kansas.
The webcast will originate from the conference room on the 2nd floor of the Tower at the SILCK office located at the Downtown Ramada, 420 SE 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66607.
The public may also attend the interactive webcast at any of the following locations:

1502 Lincoln St
Concordia, KS 66901 

Resource Center for Independent Living
215 W. Sixth Ave., Suite 202
Emporia, KS 66801

Garden City
Families Together, Inc.
1518 Taylor Plaza
Garden City, KS 67846 

2401 E. 13th St
Hays, KS 67601 

Prairie Independent Living Resource Center
17 S. Main St.
Hutchinson, KS 67501 

Kansas City
Coalition For Independence
626 Minnesota
Kansas City, KS 66101 

Independence Inc.
2001 Haskell Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66046 

Osage City
Resource Center for Independent Living
1137 Laing St.
Osage City, KS 66523 

Southeast Kansas Independent Living
1801 Main
Parsons, KS 67357 

Independent Connection
1710 Schilling Rd
Salina, KS 67401 

Topeka Independent Living Resource Center
501 SW Jackson, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603 

Three Rivers
504 Miller Drive
Wamego, KS 66547 

Independent Living Resource Center
3033 W. 2nd St
Wichita, KS 67203

The proposed State Plan for Independent Living will be available for review effective 2/22/16 at: http://silck.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/DRAFT-2-2017-19-SPIL.docx

Individuals who wish to submit comments in writing may do so no later than 4/21/16, using the following email address:  Kathy.Cooper@silck.org

For more information or to request accommodations, please contact Kathy Cooper, SILCK Executive Director at

785-234-6990 or email at Kathy.Cooper@silck.org  no later than noon 3/16/16.  All sites are accessible locations.



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.

The Health Homes Consumer Tour is coming to a city near you!
Health Homes will start in Kansas July 1, 2014. If you have questions about Health Homes and what they mean for your health, these meetings are for you! The meetings are free and you will learn about Health Homes in Kansas.

Are these meetings for you?

You can come to a Health Homes meeting if you meet both requirements below:
        – You are in KanCare AND
        – You have a serious health condition: mental illness, asthma, or diabetes

If you are not in KanCare or don’t have a one of the serious health conditions above, you will not be in a Health Home. If you are a provider we ask that you do not come to these meetings as space is limited. Only providers who are there to help patients should attend.

If you have questions, please call 1-785-296-3981. If you need special assistance for a meeting (like a sign language interpreter or handouts in Braille) please call Cindy at 785-296-4753. You can also email us at healthomes@kdheks.gov. You must ask for this help by noon on February 13th. Transportation to the meetings is not available. We will have two meetings on the same day in each of the cities we visit. You should only attend one meeting. Meetings will be in the afternoon and evening. The afternoon meetings will start at 1:00 PM and end at 3:00 PMThe evening meetings will start at 6:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM.  Please see the dates and places below. 


Monday, March 3, 2014Dodge City Public Library

1001 North 2nd Avenue

Dodge City, KS 67801


Wichita Public Library

Central Location

223 South Main

Wichita, KS  67202


Winfield Community Center

700 Gary

Winfield, KS  67156

Tuesday, March 4, 2014Finney County Historical Museum
403 South 4th Street
Garden City, KS 67846


Barton County Community College
Library Room 116
245 Northeast 30th Road
Great Bend, KS  67530


Holiday Inn Express
4011 Parkview Drive
Pittsburg, KS  66762

Wednesday, March 5, 2014Colby Community College
Student Union, Rm 109
1255 South Range
Colby, KS  67701


Cloud County Community College
Cook Theatre
2221 Campus Drive
Concordia, KS 66901


City Building
Alliance Room
101 South Lincoln
Chanute, KS   66720                                     

Thursday, March 6, 2014Sternberg Museum of Natural History
3000 Sternberg Drive
Hays, KS  67601


Pathfinder Recovery Center
1809 South Ohio
Salina, KS  67401


Emporia State University
Student Union, 2nd Floor Room #MU216
1200 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS  66801

Tuesday, March 11, 2014Blue Valley Library
Blue Valley Library Meeting Room
9000 West 151st Street
Overland Park, KS  66221    


South Branch Public Library
3104 Strong Avenue
Kansas City, KS  66106

Wednesday, March 12, 2014Highland Community College
Dining Room
1501 Riley Street
Atchison, KS  66002


Kansas Historical Society
6425 Southwest 6th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66615


RCIL was awarded part of the grant from Kansas Rehabilitation and Services (KRS) to serve individuals who are 55 years and older and are blind or have low vision.  RCIL has been serving this population since August of 2010 with the PILR/RCIL/SKIL consortium that was also funded by a grant from KRS.  This time, however, RCIL applied on their own.

This program is titled iKan-RCIL and covers 23 counties from Northeast Kansas to Southeast Kansas. These counties include: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Brown, Chase, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Geary, Greenwood, Jackson, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee and Washington.  (There is a map below which iKan-RCIL’s area is in yellow.)  iKan-RCIL county coverage changed by no longer covering Cowley, Butler, Elk, Linn or Sumner counties.

Funds provided for this program are included to pay for services to individuals who have low vision or blindness and are 55 years and older.  Services include teaching independent living skills to promote independence and allowing the individual to live in the environment they chose.  Also, orientation and mobility which individuals are taught how to travel safely, independently and efficiently and this can include learning to use a white cane, talking GPS and many other tools.  Other services include advocacy, information and referral, peer counseling and deinstitutionalization.

If you are interested in learning more or know someone who would benefit from these services please call (785) 267-1717 and ask for Mandy Smith.

Flu season still going full speed

Categorized: Consumer Education

The cold and flu season is in full swing. If you haven’t already gotten your flu shot, it is important that you get it now. There is still time!

Certain people are at greater risk of getting the flu. This includes:

  • Young children.
  • The elderly.
  • Pregnant women.
  • And people with certain long-term medical conditions.

If you think you have the flu, some of the symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Cough.
  • Sore Throat.
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose.
  • Body aches and chills.
  • Overly Tired.
  • And even diarrhea or vomiting.

If you get sick with flu symptoms, you should stay home and avoid contact with others. Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.

If you have to go out:

  • Wear a facemask.
  • Cover your coughs.
  • Use a tissue when sneezing.
  • And wash your hands as often as possible.

Remember, it is not too late to get your flu shot.

How is the FLU spread?

Most cough, cold and flu viruses are thought to be passed from person to person by contact with respiratory droplets.

  • Contact can occur by direct bodily contact      (such as kissing) or touching something with virus on it (such as shaking      hands with someone who has the flu) and then touching your mouth, nose or      eyes.
  • Respiratory droplets are generated by a person      coughing or sneezing and can be propelled right into your eyes, nose or      mouth over short distances, probably three to six feet.
  • Adults with flu may be able to infect others      beginning one day before getting symptoms and up to one week after getting      sick. Children can be infectious even longer, sometimes up to several      weeks. That means that you can give someone the flu before you know you’re      sick as well as after you are feeling better. 

How to help stop the spread of the FLU?

Best way to stop spreading the FLU is washing your hands often.


 Learn more about choosing the KanCare health plan that is right for you and your family.  Medicaid participants are encouraged to attend a meeting where they will be provided information to choose your KanCare plan.  If you have questions, please call 1-866-305-5147. If you require special assistance for a meeting (like a translator or hand outs in Braille) please call Rita at 785-296-5107. You can also email us at KanCare@kdheks.gov. You must ask for this assistance by noon on November 20.  Transportation to the meetings is not available. There will be two meetings on the same day in each of the cities visited.  Meetings will be in the afternoon and evening.  The afternoon meetings will start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.  The evening meetings will start at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m.  Please see the dates and places below.  (Click table for larger image.)