Friday April 26, will be the 2019 Autism Summit from 8:45am-3:00pm.  This conference is for anyone who supports a child with autism (parent, teacher, caregiver, etc.) . You can register for free at Autism Summit. 

The Summit will include a keynote speaker in the morning about building social skills from childhood to young adulthood. The afternoon sessions will include: Charting the LifeCourse, Your Social Future, Building Friendships and Social Inclusion, Social Media: Playing it Safe

The Autism Summit is organized by the Capper Foundation; Families Together, Inc.; and Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA).

April 26 8:45am-3:00pm
Autism Summit 2019 – Team Empowerment Conference
Capper Foundation
3500 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604

If you need daycare they have a $50 voucher that you can call about at (785) 233-4777.  You can also request any accomdations you need at that same number.

 

 

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

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Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) in cooperation with Kansas Medicaid and other agencies accept wheelchairs, hospital beds and other durable medical equipment (DME) that are no longer being used.  KEE refurbishes and makes these items available for other Kansans at NO CHARGE. KEE assists Kansans in obtaining affordable durable medical equipment. RCIL is one of the five KEE access sites and covers 13 counties.  We will be holding an equipment drive this Saturday, June 4th, in Topeka and we are looking for equipment to help fill the needs for people with disabilities in our 13 counties.  If you have equipment you are no longer using please bring it to 517 SW 37th Street in Topeka anytime between 8:00am-2:00pm.

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Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) will be hosting a garage sale and bake sale during this time too.  So plan on bringing some change to help change the lives of youths with disabilities. KYEA’s mission: The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy educates, mentors, and supports youth with disabilities in Kansas to be contributing members of their community.

KYEA Garage Sale Flyer 2016

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Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy will be hosting its annual fundraising garage sale/bake sale on May 30th.  The fundraiser Garage Sale/Bake Sale will be from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the KYEA parking lot (517 SW 37th St., Topeka).

RCIL will also be holding a Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) equipment drive that day. KEE is designed to move medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, scooters, hospital beds, etc., that is not being used, to Kansans who need the devices. The program accepts donated equipment, cleans and repairs it if necessary, and then places that equipment with individuals who need it.

How can you help? You can donate items for the garage sale including: decorative items, kitchen ware, used DVDs & CDs, small pieces of furniture, small working appliances, books, blankets, sheets, toys in working condition, etc. please no clothing or shoes. These items need to be delivered to KYEA by Friday May 22nd.  No garage sale items you say?  That’s okay, bake something! KYEA will be excepting baked items on May 28th and 29th.  Remember all funds raised benefit Kansas Youth with disabilities! 

So remember, May 30th bring your durable medical equipment to donate to other Kansans in need and buy some items at KYEA’s garage sale to help empower Kansas youth with disabilities!

YLF LogoKYEA is announcing that the delegate application deadline for the 2015 Kansas Youth Leadership Forum has been extended to February 2, 2015. This extension is being made in order to provide more youth with the opportunity to apply this year. So, do you know of a high school junior or senior with a disability who has leadership potential or interest? Then they still have time to apply for this year’s KSYLF!

The 2015 Kansas Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities will be held July 13-18, 2015 at Washburn University in Topeka. The KSYLF is an annual conference that is heading into its fifteenth year serving students with disabilities across the state. During the forum, delegates enjoy a week full of learning, fun, friends, and, most of all, a new sense of empowerment! They participate in a variety of sessions and activities, including large sessions with community speakers, small breakout sessions with their peers, as well as activities like a trip to the Capitol, mentor luncheon, recreation session, real life fair, barbecue, talent show, and a dance!

All students who are interested in attending the KSYLF must meet the following criteria:
• reside in Kansas
• have a disability as defined with the Americans With Disabilities Act
• be in the 11th or 12th grade as of December 31, 2014
• have demonstrated leadership potential or interest in school and the community

There will be no cost for students who are selected to attend. All lodging, food, and accommodations are paid for through KSYLF funds. Accommodations such as personal care attendants, sign language interpreters, large print or Braille materials, and other accommodations will be provided for those delegates who need them.

Students must fill out an application that will be reviewed through a competitive selection process. About 25 – 30 delegates will be selected to attend. The delegate application deadline has been extended to February 2, 2015.

Delegate applications, as well as other information, can be downloaded from our website at http://www.kyea.org/upcomingksylf. The application and fact sheet are also attached. More information can also be obtained by contacting me at 866-577-5932 toll free or carrieg@kyea.org.

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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This is the time of year that we get so tired of hearing about giving back to the community it makes us want to hurl. Hopefully this won’t be one of those times. Instead of talking about charity, let’s reframe the conversation.

How about becoming active participants in our community? We spend so much of our time and energy fighting for accessibility in our daily lives it’s exhausting! Getting involved in community that supports you may be the last thing on your list. But let’s say for a minute it isn’t. What’s the benefit of volunteering your time?

Volunteering is an easy resume builder and that means employment skills! Do you feel like the place you’re volunteering at hasn’t been using you to your fullest potential? Tell them that, get more experience, and start padding that portfolio for future employment.

Did you know that participating in AmeriCorps will not effect your social security? It’s true! AmeriCorps is a nation-wide program that provides “AmeriCorps members to meet the vital needs of the country through intensive service.” (You can find more information on local AmeriCorps programs at the Kansas Volunteer Commission website at www.kanserve.org). Participating in AmeriCorps not only puts money in your pocket, but it looks great on a resume and broadens your network of colleagues and friends.

AmeriCorps isn’t the only way to volunteer, of course. Maybe you’re not able to make that kind of commitment. What about smaller volunteer opportunities? Think of the agencies and organizations that have helped you in your life. What better way to show your appreciation than donating your time so that others may benefit from the same services you did. Did your local Center for Independent Living help you build a ramp to your house? Did your children meet new friends through their after-school program? Or maybe a domestic violence shelter helped a friend get back on their feet again.

There are countless ways of figuring out where to best use your skills and start becoming an active participant in your community. Not sure where to start? Worried about accessibility and accommodations as a volunteer? Never fear! The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy’s Ability to Serve program is here to help you start making those connections and solving those problems. Just give me, Rachel, a call at 785-215-6655 or developmentcoordinator@kyea.org and we will get you on your way to making a difference in your community.


**This is a guest post from Rachel Gadd-Nelson, Development Coordinator with Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy