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

 

Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) is hiring!  Please review the open positions below:

Transitional Living Skills Specialist(s) – Work part-time with individuals that have experienced traumatic brain injury as they re-learn independent living skills. Training provided. Great hourly pay. In the El Dorado, Potwin, Fredonia, Overland Park, Lawrence, Devon/Fort Scott, LaCygne, and Quenemo areas. Call Tania Harrington at 1-800-580-7245 for more details or request an application by email at hr@rcilinc.org.

Driver/Assistant Technology Assistant  – Work part-time and based from RCIL’s office in Topeka and will drive to and from locations, providing transportation for staff and also delivering and picking-up assistive technology and durable medical equipment as assigned. The Driver/AT Asst. shall focus his/her work complimentary to the spirit and intent of the independent living philosophy.  Requirements include: Ability to drive company vehicles without restriction; ability to lift (and/or team-lift) carry, push or pull up to 150 lbs. Frequent bending, kneeling and reaching; experience that demonstrates organization and planning abilities; experience that demonstrates strong desire to help others; working telephone; and valid Kansas Driver’s License.  Also, communicate with the other staff to coordinate schedule; deliver and/or pick-up equipment to consumer’s homes and other locations; maintain appropriate positive, professional interpersonal relationships with staff, peers, consumers, volunteers and other stakeholders; enter data regarding deliveries and pick-ups in to database; schedule deliveries; and other duties as assigned.  Qualified people with disabilities are encouraged to apply!  Request an application via email to hr@rcilinc.org or fax resume to 785-528-3665 – Attn: HR.

Assistive Technology Specialist – Work part-time to assist individuals with disabilities to participate more independently within their environment through assistive technology including, but not limited to: communication devices, durable medical equipment, and positioning and mobility devices. To apply submit a resume, references and cover letter to: hr@rcilinc.org or call Deone Wilson, Executive Director, at 785-528-3105 to request necessary accommodations to the application process. Qualified persons with a disability are encouraged to apply.

 

 

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 tania@rcilinc.org or by calling Tania Harrington at 800-580-7245. 

 

KDADS will be hosting information sessions to provide you with program updates in response to the Federal rules shared with consumers at the last public information sessions. The program updates impact the following programs:

Autism, Frail Elderly, Intellectual/Developmental Disability, Physically Disabled, Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), Traumatic Brain Injury, and Technology Assisted.

The sessions will provide updated information on how the Federal rules will impact HCBS programs, your access to services and how to manage your direct service workers.

Please plan to join one of the sessions either in-person or by conference as indicated below.

Regional In-Person Meetings

Regional meetings are being held for persons served, families, advocates, and providers so that you can be informed and have your questions addressed about changes that will be made. Plan to attend one of the meetings below.

All meetings will be held from (10 am –12 noon)
and repeated from
(2 pm -4 pm)

Date

Location

City

November 12, 2014 Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex Wichita, KS
November 13, 2014 Ambassador Hotel, 3603 Vine Street Hays, KS
November 14, 2014 Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 200 McDonald Drive Lawrence, KS

If you need help making arrangements, contact your Managed Care Organization care coordinator or your case manager. 

Conference Calls

This information will also be covered at the regular “HCBS Providers Lunch and Learn” conference calls on the dates below calling 1-866-620-7326 Enter PIN 4283583031#.

Date

Time

Morning Session, November 17, 2014 11 am to 12 noon
Evening Session, November 17, 2014 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm (repeat of morning session)

To register and get materials for calls, go to www.kdads.ks.gov.

For questions, concerns, or to request accommodation, call 1-785-296-3473.

 

When growing up it seems like kids always made fun of other kids who were “different” than “the norm.” Whether it was kids who: were overweight, dressed in different fashions, wore glasses, etc.

Now that I’m a parent and my son is starting school and sports I worry not only about what kind of social interactions he’s having but also about his safety. How does a parent address safety issues in sports without making his/her child a “target” for bullies?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, every 13 minutes an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury. 40% of sports eye injuries occur in children between 11-14 years-old. And according to Prevent Blindness America 90% of all eye injuries are preventable with proper eyewear. Another fact for you, 21% of traumatic brain injuries among United States children and adolescents are from you guessed it, sports.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love sports and I do not believe eliminating sports is the answer to these injuries. I believe the answer is for parents to teach our children that protective eyewear and helmets aren’t dorky, goofy and especially aren’t stupid. We as parents have to teach our children that bicycle helmets are cool and we must teach by example. (Remember we are still at risk for injury.) The more people who wear protective eyewear and helmets the less “different” it will become. When you tell your son/daughter to put on his/her shin guards for soccer he/she may ask you why. You simply say, “To protect your shins.” When you hand him/her protective eyewear and he/she wants to know why he/she has to wear it you simply say, “It’s to protect your eyes.” We want to protect our children from as much as possible and if I’m protecting my son from a bruise on his shin shouldn’t I be protecting his eyes and brain?

Remember… “The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is” – Charles Schwab But, it will always be worth it!