Advocacy

Creating an Accessible Vaccine Experience for People with Disabilities and Older Adults

By Beth | April 19, 2021

If you are thinking of hosting or are already a vaccination site, view the handouts below for some tips and resources on making the vaccination process a more comfortable and accessible experience for people with disabilities and older adults.  It has a list of examples on how to provide reasonable accommodations and they are categorized…

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EmpowHer Camp

By Mandy Smith | March 19, 2021

EmpowHer Camp is a fun and exciting one year program for girls with disabilities ages 13-17 EmpowHer Camp starts with one week of adventurous camping in the Adirondacks where they explore nature, make friends, and laugh around the campfire. They also connect with mentors who will help them set goals and achieve them! After the…

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ADA 30: Nothing About Us Without Us

By Beth | October 22, 2020

A Virtual Celebration with Judith Heumann Judith Heumann, internationally recognized disability rights leader and activist, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month virtually with the University of Kansas and the Lawrence communities and guests worldwide on October 28-29, 2020. Heumann’s visit is organized…

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Kansans with Disabilities: Transportation Barriers = Health Barriers

By Beth | September 3, 2020

The Kansas Disability and Health Program with The University of Kansas Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies developed a fact sheet called “Kansans with Disabilities: Transportation Barriers = Health Barriers.” The fact sheet identified the transportation barriers along with possible solutions to remove those barriers for people with disabilities. They also listed several personal…

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Register to Vote

By Mandy Smith | July 13, 2020

Tomorrow, July 14th, is the last day to register to vote for the primary election on August 4th.  You may register online, by mail, or in person.  The link to register is https://www.vote.org/register-to-vote/kansas/ According to vote411.org the process for an absentee ballot is as follows: To vote by mail, follow these instructions: Complete the application for…

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Disability Rights Center of Kansas Public Input Survey 2020

By Adam | July 5, 2019

Please take a few moments to review this message from the Kansas Disability Rights Center:  “The Disability Rights Center (DRC) of Kansas is our State’s Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities. DRC Kansas provides advocacy services and legal representation at no charge in certain disability cases where the civil or legal rights of…

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NCIL hosting training for Campaign Training for People with Disabilities

By Mandy Smith | June 26, 2019

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.    

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Focus Group Members Needed!

By Adam | May 23, 2019

The State’s workforce development team is currently seeking input from job seekers/students from all across Kansas.  The sessions begin next week so act fast!  Please contact Shanna Jager at 785.532.6251 or email shannad@ksu.edu for more information.  You can also check out these flyers for more specific information on each of the upcoming sessions in Wichita,…

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Stoplights Don’t Stop Us!

By Mandy Smith | October 11, 2017

Watch the following video on how our RCIL Friends’ Group in Emporia was able to advocate for more accessible crosswalks! “Stoplights Don’t Stop Us!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQEf-y08-To “Stoplights Don’t Stop Us!” with audio description: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmeCIZuqwcI        

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Public Comment on KanCare Renewal

By Mandy Smith | September 22, 2017

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…

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Action Alert – Disability Integration Act

By Mandy Smith | August 29, 2016

On Tuesday, August 22nd an Action Alert went out to over 14,000 people asking people to take 30 seconds to fill out a form to ask their legislators to cosponsor the Disability Integration Act. Of all the people from KS, 4 responded to this alert and of those who responded, 2 were from your District…

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Voter Registration Drive

By Mandy Smith | June 30, 2016

RCIL will be hosting a voter registration drive at each office (locations listed below) on July 11th from 8:00am-3:00pm. The primary election is on August 2nd and in order to vote you must be registered with correct documentation by July 12th.   Independent Living Specialists and other staff will be available on July 11th to help with…

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State Plan for Independent Living(SPIL) Forum

By Mandy Smith | March 8, 2016

The Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas, Inc. will be hosting a public comment forum over the State Plan for Independent Living(SPIL) for FFY 2017 to FFY 2019 on March 30th from 10am to 12pm. This is an opportunity to gather input, share comments and ask questions on the proposed  SPIL.  The forum will be…

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Every Vote Counts

By Mandy Smith | October 31, 2014

Don’t forget, November 4th is the General Election.  If you are not able to vote that day, Kansas is one of the many states who allow early voting (by anyone).   If you require assistance with voting you may have someone enter the booth with you.  That person could be your family/friend or someone working at the election poll. …

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Voting Hotline for Kansans with Disabilities

By Mandy Smith | November 5, 2012

    Tomorrow, November 6 is Election Day.  Please get out there and vote.  The Disability Rights Center will have a hotline for Kansans with disabilities to call with any questions or concerns about voting rights for persons with disabilities until Tuesday, November 6th (Election Day) (TOMORROW) at 8PM. People with disabilities should call the DRC…

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Are you ready to vote?

By Mandy Smith | October 8, 2012

       You must show a photo ID if you are going to vote at the polls. BUT, if you apply for a permanent advance ballot, you do not have to show ID (you must have a permanent disability or illness). To vote you must be registered!  Voter registration deadline is October 16, 2012 Get registered to…

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Important 2012 Election Advance Voting Dates

By Mandy Smith | August 13, 2012

DATE DESCRIPTION Tuesday, October 16 Last day to register to vote in general election Wednesday, October 17 Advance voting begins for general election Friday, November 2 Deadline for voters to apply for advance voting ballots to be mailed Monday, November 5 Noon deadline to cast advance voting ballots in person in office of County Election…

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“Got Photo ID?”

By Mandy Smith | June 27, 2012

Kansas has recently changed its law about requiring an ID in order to vote.  (You may have seen a commercial lately about it.)  DO NOT let this stop you from voting! First off, a registered voter who does not possess any of the valid ID documents may obtain a FREE nondriver’s ID from the Division…

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Advocacy: Call to Action!

By Mandy Smith | March 27, 2012

The House & Senate conference committee for the FY 2013 budget have held four rounds of negotiations thus far. Next round is scheduled for 1:30 this afternoon. Senate negotiators (Carolyn McGinn, John Vratil & Laura Kelly) have held firm on two items that are crucial to the disability community. Please take a moment and email…

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We Need Your Story!

By Mandy Smith | March 8, 2012

The Legislative Session has passed the halfway mark and our advocacy efforts are ramping up. There are so many big concerns for the disability community this time around and it is imperative that we get input to the Administration, the Legislators, and to our communities from Kansans with disabilities. The Resource Center for Independent Living,…

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We Are Not Fraud!

By Mandy Smith | March 7, 2012

The House Social Services Budget Committee’s report on SRS and KDOA budgets stated “…there is considerable fraud and abuse in the system of Home and Community Based Services.” It goes on to state that this fraud, by Centers for Independent Living, is responsible for the Waiting Lists. These statements seek to villify the Centers and…

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Call To Action: Contact House Appropriations Committee

By Mandy Smith | February 28, 2012

From now through March 6th, we need the disability community to contact each member of the House Appropriations Committee. A complete list of names and contact information is available here. They will begin debating the budget on March 6th. As they are working on budget issues we need to make sure they know the importance…

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Call to Action: Contact Senate Ways and Means Committee

By Mandy Smith | February 28, 2012

It is imperative that the disability community contacts each member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. A complete list of names and contact information is available here. They will begin debating the budget in sub-committees on March 8th. As they are working on budget issues we need to make sure they know the importance…

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Call to Action: Contact Social Services Budget Committee

By Mandy Smith | February 14, 2012

From now through Thursday February 16th, we need the disability community to contact each member of the House Social Services Budget Committee. A complete list of names and contact information is available here. As they are working on budget issues we need to make sure they know the importance of funding the Home and Community…

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Kansans Count: We Demand Democracy

By Mandy Smith | February 14, 2012

  Dear Friends & Fellow Kansans: In two days, on Wednesday, Feb 15th, we are going to the Kansas Statehouse to deliver the message that KANSANS COUNT: We Demand Democracy. Among the many issues of concern is Voter Suppression. Many of you, along with advocacy groups, and the ACLU have expressed concern about the adverse…

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