The Kansas Disability Caucus, Inc. Board has five positions up for election each beginning January 1, 2020 for a two year term. They are seeking individuals who want to join the group to organize and coordinate activities that promote independent living of all people with disabilities through collaboration, networking, education, planning, and peer-to-peer interaction, including the Disability Caucus held during even numbered years. The Kansas Disability Caucus supports and encourages successful outcomes for people with all types of disabilities of all ages, especially encouraging the involvement of young adults.

For more information or if you would like to apply, view the application here. The deadline to submit the application is December 1, 2019.

The Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) is pleased to announce that it has received an $826 grant from the Kansas Health Foundation-El Dorado Fund through the El Dorado Community Foundation affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation. The organization will use the funds for Resource Library Technology Improvements at the El Dorado RCIL office.

RCIL has a Resource Library in its El Dorado office that is available for use by individuals with disabilities. The Resource Library has printed materials on disability related topics and a telephone that consumers can use to schedule medical appointments, communicate with other providers and complete vocational/educational searches. The funding will be used to purchase a computer as an additional tool for individuals to utilize to complete vocational/educational searches, learn computer skills, and research additional programs and services. RCIL served 1,750 individuals in Kansas from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018 statewide.

“RCIL is grateful for the funds it received to purchase a new computer for our resource library located in our El Dorado office”, said Deone Wilson, Executive Director. The computer is available to local community members with disabilities during the hours the office is open to the public

RCIL is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to working with individuals, families and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities. Headquartered in Osage City, RCIL has 5 locations in cities all across Eastern Kansas. Current RCIL programs include the five “core services” of all Kansas Centers for Independent Living, which are Information and Referral Service; Advocacy; Independent Living Skills Training; Peer Support Services; and Transition Services. In addition, RCIL also provides Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) through various Medicaid waiver programs.

El Dorado Community Foundation (ECF) mission is “to assist the community in making charitable dreams a reality.” The purpose of ECF is to bring together individuals, groups and organizations which have needs with those who have the resources or leadership abilities to assist in meeting those needs. https://centralkansascf.org/affiliate-foundations/el-dorado-community-foundation/.

Central Kansas Community Foundation mission is “Building Stronger Communities Through Charitable Giving.” Founded in 1995 Central Kansas Community Foundation based in Newton, Kansas is an intermediary between donors and charities, the community foundation helps donors establish funds that financially support meaningful, charitable programs and services in their community. Central Kansas Community Foundation also host numerous affiliate community foundations throughout Central Kansas. www.centralkansascf.org

Follow the link to Time Magazine’s article- People With Disabilities Face Challenges Campaigning for Office. This Group Wants to Change That.  This article discusses how the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is hosting webinars to help people with disabilities became strong leaders and enter politics.

 

 

If you or someone you know has a mobility limitation or chronic illness and wants to be more physically active in 2019, we have you covered!

The “14 Weeks to a Healthier You” program is a FREE online exercise and nutrition program for people with disabilities. Sign up now and start moving more this year!

To learn more and to register, visit our website http://ihdps.ku.edu/physical-activity and click on REGISTER FOR THE PROGRAM

 

Happy New Year!  The National Center on Health and Physical Activity for People with Disabilities (NCHPAD) is offering a free web-based physical activity and nutrition program for Kansans with disabilities.  Read their flier or go to their website for more information about the program.

 

 

 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is offering opportunities to attending public meetings regarding the State’s proposed renewal of the KanCare program and to provide comments about the renewal request application.

The public comment period will run from October 20-November 20, 2017. Comments will be accepted until midnight on November 20th and the State intends to submit the renewal request no later than December 31, 2017.

Information about the KanCare renewal request is available for public review on the KanCare website. A summary is also available on the KanCare Renewal page.  Copies of the renewal application will be located in Topeka at the reception desk for KDHE, 900 SW Jackson, LSOB 9th Floor, and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), New England Building, 503 S Kansas Ave.

Written comments about the KanCare extension request may be sent by email or mail:
kdhe.kancarerenewal@ks.gov
KanCare Renewal c/o Becky Ross
KDHE-DHCF 900 SW Jackson
LSOB 9th Floor
Topeka, KS 66612

The schedule is below that includes two locations for November 14, 15, and 16. You also have a call-in option on November 20.

Tuesday, November 14 2:00pm-400pm
Pittsburg – Pittsburg State University: Overman Student Center Ballroom A 1701 S. Broadway St

Dodge City – Dodge House Hotel & Convention Center 2408 W Wyatt Earp

Wednesday, November 15 2:00-4:00pm
Olathe – Kansas State University Olathe: Great Plains A & B 22201 W Innovation Dr.

Great Bend – Perkins Restaurant & Bakery 2920 10th St.

Thursday, November 16  2:00-4:00pm
Topeka – Ramada Downtown: Jefferson Hall 420 SE 6th Street

Wichita – Wichita Marriott: Corporate Hills Ballroom 9100 Corporate Hills Dr.

Monday, November 20th 12:00-1:30pm
Toll Free Conference Call Option
(833) 791-5968    Conference Code: 871 777 85

In case you haven’t seen our Winter Newsletter here is the article regarding our consumer Christmas parties!

The holiday season is here! RCIL will have their annual consumer Christmas parties during the month of December. Below is a listing of the dates and locations of the parties. Pick the event you would like to attend and RSVP to the RCIL office hosting that event at least one week prior. Please be sure to request special accommodations when you RSVP if necessary.

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

Fort Scott – Dec. 7 at the Fort Scott Housing Authority (315 Scott St.) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Iola – *Dec. 20 at the Iola Housing Authority (217 N. Washington Ave.) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Osage City – Dec. 14 at the Park Place Apartments (207 S. 6th St.) from 1:00pm – 3:00p

Paola – Dec. 16 at the Paola Housing Authority (310 S. Iron Ave.) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Emporia – Dec. 19 at the Broadview Towers Apartments (110 W. 6th Ave.) from 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Eureka – Dec. 20 at the Magic Circle Apartments in the South Community Room (301 Magic Circle Rd.) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

El Dorado – Dec. 21 at the RCIL Office (615 1/2 N. Main) from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

*Note* Iola’s meeting has been changed from the time the newsletter was printed.  The date is the 20th!