Now Hiring! Challenging and Rewarding work in the Fort Scott, LaCygne, Topeka and Lawrence areas – Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc., a non-profit organization, is seeking to hire caring, flexible people to work with individuals who are re-learning independent living skills after experiencing a brain injury. Paid training provided. Background checks required. Contact Tania Harrington at 800 – 580-7245.

Do you want to help others? Are you looking for rewarding work with a flexible schedule and great hourly pay?  Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) is seeking to hire patient, and caring Transitional Living Specialists, committed to creative problem solving and overcoming barriers,  to work one-on-one with individuals in their homes who have experienced traumatic brain injury as they re-learn life skills.  Experience not required. Paid training is provided.  Applicants must meet background check requirements.  Opening available in the following areas: El Dorado, Potwin, Fredonia, Overland Park, Lawrence, Devon/Fort Scott, LaCygne, and Quenemo.  RCIL is a non-profit organization that is committed to working with individuals, families, and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities.  Submit resume or request an application via email to or by calling Tania Harrington at 800-580-7245. 


Assistive Technology for Kansans, RCIL and Freedom Scientific are hosting Vision Awareness Days where individuals can learn more about living with vision loss.  The event will be held on February 6th from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Topeka Public Library Aud. 101 B. This event will include free learning sessions, free lunch and hands-on demonstrations.  The learning sessions will talk about different solutions to help individuals regain their independence while living with a vision loss.

All participants will also be entered into a drawing for a free Ruby handheld video magnifier.  Those who should attend include: persons with vision loss, family members, occupational therapists, instructors and trainers, seniors and senior center staff and vision support groups.

Space is limited so please register at (800) 336-5658 or by email at




Mark your calendar!

The Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK) AT Expo for 2012 will be on September 27th from 1:00pm to 7:00pm and September 28th 7:30am to 4:00pm.

The 2 day event will be held in Wichita this year at the Wichita Hyatt – Century II.  The theme for this year’s AT Expo is “Imagine the Possibilities:  Active Living, Learning and working with AT.”

There will be over 90 exhibits of assistive technology, durable medical equipment and solutions for home, school and work.

To get your free admission ticket call (800) KAN-DOIT or (800) 526-3648.  ATK will begin giving out free admission tickets on July 1st.  Also, ATK will be offering scholarships for travel and hotel expenses to eligible consumers.








KDOA and SRS announced on the evening of  Dec. 29th they have decided to change the launch date for Kansas AuthentiCare/EVV to January 16, 2012 at 6:00am

The new year is bringing with it new procedures for our consumers who are on Home and Community-Based Services. The state is replacing the current paper time and attendant worksheet (timesheets) with an electronic verification and monitoring system known as Kansas AuthentiCare (also known as EVV).

KS AuthentiCare is a requirement for all Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) consumers and Direct Support Workers (DSWs). On January 9th, 2012 your DSW will be required to start using the new telephone system. Please make certain that RCIL, or your FMS provider, has your correct telephone and/or cellphone number.

On January 9th, 2012 (or the first visit after January 9th) there are important things for you to remember:

  1. When your DSW arrives at your home they need to check in each day by calling 1-800-903-4676 from your home telephone or cellphone (See enclosed check -in/check -out instructions). The DSW will need to select from the list of services available (Service Codes included with this letter).
  2. Before your DSWs leave your home they need to check out each day by calling 1-800-903-4676. They will need to enter the activity code of the services performed (Activity codes included with this letter).
  3. Your DSWs need to complete paper timesheets for January 1, 2012 to January 8, 2012 and send to the Osage City office. This will be their last paper timesheet.

To help you prepare for this transition, the Resource Center for Independent Living will have training calls from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on January 3rd, 4th, and 5th. You are welcome to call in and listen to the trainings by conference call. Please pick a day that works best for you.

  • Conference dial-in number: (712) 432-0900
  • Participant access code: 324384

As part of this change we will be moving from semi-monthly to weekly payroll. RCIL has a longstanding history of providing superior customer service and superb payroll services. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and support you in self-directing your services. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the payroll help desk at 1-785-528-5045 and ask to speak to an EVV Specialist.

As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), RCIL is committed to working with Kansans with disabilities to enable them to live independently in their homes and communities. But what exactly does that mean?

In Kansas, Centers for Independent Living are tasked with providing 5 core services. They are Information and Referral, Peer Counseling, Independent Living Skills Training, Advocacy – both Individual Advocacy and Systems Advocacy, and Deinstitutionalization. At RCIL, we work very hard to ensure that these 5 Independent Living Core Services are front and center in our service delivery.

Information and Referral is provided by every staff member at RCIL, it is simply getting our consumers the information they need and request regarding disability, community resources and making appropriate referrals to other agencies as needed. We have an Information and Referral team that is available to take phone calls every business day, follows up on all contacts, and works to ensure that each person who contacts us ends up with the information they need.

Peer Counseling is the opportunity for Kansans with disabilities to work with and learn from other Kansans with disabilities. RCIL facilitates this in several ways. We have RCIL Friends group meetings monthly that bring together consumers and their peers in a consumer driven support group. RCIL also employs Peer Specialists to work directly with consumers to help them live independently in their communities. For example, a Peer Specialist may assist a consumer with learning the Public Transit system. In this way people with disabilities are assisting other people with disabilities and the Peer connection helps to ensure success.

Independent Living Skills Training encompasses a lot of different things! RCIL offers this training through Independent Living Specialists as well as Peer Specialists. We work with consumers on things like budgeting, locating and using assistive devices, finding accessible housing, assistance with finding employment, navigating the health and insurance systems, and other topics as needed.

The two different types of Advocacy that RCIL provides are Individual Advocacy and Systems Advocacy. RCIL provides training and support for individuals to be able to advocate for their own needs and desires. This can be across many areas including employment, health care, housing, or education. Systems Advocacy is focused on changing the laws and policies at community, state, and federal levels.

Our final Core Service is Deinstitutionalization. This is simply assisting Kansans with disabilities to reintegrate back into their communities from hospitals, nursing facilities, or in patient rehabilitation facilities. Consumers have a choice about where they live and receive services and we make sure that they are knowledgeable about their options and support them in transitioning.

While we provide many other services, these 5 Core Services are what make us a Center for Independent Living. These services are provided free of charge to our consumers. We are an agency delivering services for Kansans with disabilities by Kansans with disabilities.

On Thursday August 26 we held a Self Direction Tool Kit Training in Topeka for our consumers and personal care attendants (PCAs). The training was a full day of empowerment, useful tips for recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and managing PCAs, Independent Living Philosophy, and group discussions on all of the above. Thank you to everyone that helped organize, plan, and present the training as well as to all of our consumers and PCAs that attended.

Self Direction is a very important part of the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers in Kansas. It allows consumers to choose, manage, and terminate their own personal care workers. In this way people with disabilities are given true freedom regarding the people providing their care, how that care is scheduled within their service plan, and how the job of the personal care attendant is completed.

Self Direction is a big responsibility and at times can be very daunting for consumers and PCAs alike. The Self Direction Tool Kit is a state supplied handbook to assist consumers. Our training focused on the areas that we felt were imperative to self directing. By coming together as a group in a relaxed atmosphere we were all able to learn more about the process, what worked for others, and resources within our communities.

If you are a consumer (or family member of someone) receiving services through an HCBS waiver or you are a Personal Care Attendant and you have questions about Self Directing or would like more information regarding the Self Direction Tool Kit, please call your Targeted Case Manager or our main office number at 1-800-580-7245 toll free.