Are you a woman with a spinal cord injury (SCI) or with a physical disability who is thinking about getting pregnant, currently pregnant, been pregnant before, or have decided not to get pregnant?

Researchers from The University of Michigan are working to create a tool that women with SCI or with a physical disability can use when making the decision about whether to become pregnant.  Right now, they are working to figure out what should be included in this tool.  They will then test it with women to see if it’s helpful.  To be eligible in this study you must:

  • Be female
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Speak English
  • Fall into at least one of the following groups:
    • Thinking about getting pregnant
    • Currently pregnant
    • Been pregnant before
    • Have decided not to get pregnant

What is involved?  Study participation involves a telephone call to determine whether you are eligible for the study and the completion of an online survey.  Compensation for study participation is $25.

See the flyers here.  If you are interested please call The University of Michigan at 734-615-8543 or 734-763-9374.

 

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

 

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services also known as KDADS is seeking feedback from Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) stakeholders as they are planning waiver renewals.  KDADS will be hosting regional meetings along with two options to call in.  These forums are opportunities for KDADS to hear feedback on what you think is going well along with what could improve.  It is also a chance to hear of what changes could be coming in the future.  The Frail Elderly, Intellectual/Developmental Disability, Physical Disability, and Traumatic Brain Injury waivers will be renewing in 2019.  Below is the meeting dates and locations.  All meetings will be from 1:00-3:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm.

Monday, September 10th Johnson County Community College
RC 101 C&D 12345 College Blvd Overland Park

Tuesday, September 11th Memorial Building
Alliance Room 101 S. Lincoln Chanute

Wednesday, September 12th Wichita Marriott
Wichita Ballroom 9100 Corporate Hills Dr. Wichita

Friday, September 14th Sleep Inn
1931 E. Kansas Plaza Garden City

Monday, September 17th {Conference Call Only}
(877) 400- 9499  Conference Code 1769231304

All meeting times including conference call 1:00-3:00pm and again at 6:00-8:00pm.

For more information visit www.kdads.ks.gov or

www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/home-community-based-services-(hcbs)

For accommodations contact Anita Flewelling at (785) 296-4983 or anita.flewelling@ks.gov

 

Are you on the Physical Disability wait list?  Have you been dropped from it?  You need to read this article from the Kansas Health Institute and contact the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS)!

http://www.khi.org/news/article/state-seeks-kansans-with-physical-disabilities-dropped-from-wait-list-for-m

Contact information for KDADS

Email  KDADS.HCBS-KS@ks.gov

New England Building 503 S. Kansas Ave. Topeka, KS 66603-3404
Main: 785-296-4986
Toll Free: 800-432-3535 (in Kansas only)
TTY Number: 785-291-3167
Fax: 785-296-0256
Business Hours:  Monday through Friday – 8 am to 5 pm

 

 

 

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is conducting a study of adults with physical disabilities.  They want to know about your barriers to employment as well as resources that you need to support your work/career goals.  In addition, the are interested in knowing how you find information on employment services and supports.

Participants should be between the ages of 18-65 and have a physically disability.  The survey will take approximately 20 minutes and 100 participants will be randomly selected to receive a $25 gift card.

If you have questions or need accommodations contact Dr. Katherine Inge, VCU-RRTC PO Box 842011 Richmond, VA 23284-2011 or kinge@vcu.edu (804) 828-5956 TTU (804) 828-2494

Visit the link below to complete the survey.  There is also a flier with all of the information linked below.

http://vcurrtc.org/surveys/employment_w_pd/

Employment survey (flier)

 

The Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) is preparing to submit the paperwork necessary to renew the waivers that guide HCBS in Kansas.  The draft includes changes to the existing services.  Consumers are encouraged to read the information that KDADS is going to submit to the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid and provide feedback. 

The draft renewals, which include the Transition Plan for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings and proposed changes for each HCBS Program’s renewal are available online at www.KDADS.ks.gov for public comment until December 10, 2014. The Public Comment period allows all consumers and providers of the follow programs: Frail Elderly, Intellectual/Developmental Disability, Physical Disability and Traumatic Brain Injury.  

Additionally, KDADS has provided a summary of the proposed changes. Only the areas of proposed changes identified in the summary document are available for public comment. New documents with helpful information about the transition plan have been posted online as well.

You may access the documents three ways:

Online: www.KDADS.ks.gov – on the home page

In Person: At your local Community Developmental Disability Organization (CDDO), Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or Center for Independent Living (CIL).

By Email: HCBS-KS@kdads.ks.gov – Please notify us if you need an accommodation

Questions and Answers are made available online and shared through appropriate public sessions, conference calls, listservs and bulletins during the comment period. A summary of responses will available online after the public comment period has ended for the renewals or any changes to them, and the summary of responses will be provided to CMS as part of the renewal submission.

Comments and Public Input on a Transition Plan can be submitted to KDADS during the comment period the following ways:

By Phone: 785-296-4986 or 785-296-3473
By Email: HCBS-KS@kdads.ks.govSubject: HCBS Renewals Public Comments
By Mail: KDADS, Attn: HCBS Programs, 503 S. Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66603.
By Fax: 785-296-0256, Attn: HCBS Programs

 

ATK Expo

Please keep September 12-14 open to join the Assistive Technology (AT) Expo at the Topeka Expo Center.  More than 20 AT sessions will be given ranging from independent living, community, employment, education and recreation.  There will also be around 200 booths set up in the Expo hall.  The AT Expo is free to the public!  The AT Expo is put on by Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK)

Below is a link for more information on the AT Expo.

http://atk.ku.edu/conference/index.shtml