Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL), a non-profit organization, wishes to thank the family of Patricia Peterson for naming RCIL as the beneficiary of memorial contributions made in her name. As a founding board member of RCIL, Mrs. Peterson was instrumental in creating and overseeing Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. in 1984 which has since then realized significant growth and served thousands of Kansans with disabilities over the last 33+ years.

What does RCIL do? RCIL receives a grant from Kansas Rehabilitation Services to provide Core Services including Independent Living Skills Training, Advocacy, Peer Support, Youth Transition, and Nursing Facility Transition in fifteen counties.  Information and Referral is available to all regardless of residency.  RCIL provides Assistive Technology services and Orientation & Mobility services.  RCIL also has available the Anita Casey Memorial Medical Equipment Loan Program and Build a Ramp Program which are made possible with funding from Osage County.  RCIL also contracts to provide Financial Management Services for several of the Medicaid waiver programs and Transitional Living Services for individuals that have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury and more.

The memorial donations made by Mrs. Peterson’s loved ones were used toward the purchase of a 27 foot portable, accessible ramp (similar to the one pictured below) that is now available for temporary loan (up to 90 days with an option to extend an additional 90 days), free of charge to assist residents of Osage County while rehabilitating from illness or injury or until a permanent ramp can be built. RCIL has recently received several inquiries for such ramp and recognizes that having a temporary ramp may expedite discharge from a hospital or nursing facility.  Call RCIL at 785-528-3105 to inquire about the ramp or other programs and services.

Peterson and Ramp

 

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