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Local COVID-19 Resources and Services

By Adam | April 8, 2020

We have started a list of localized resources, services, and changes to businesses, agencies, and other organizations on our resource page.  Remember to check it often as the information changes quickly. If you know of a resource in your area please share it with us by commenting here or emailing us with the details at…

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Travel to Provide HCBS

By Adam | March 24, 2020

RCIL has received some phone calls from concerned Direct Support Workers regarding the need for travel documents while they are working for their consumer during “stay at home” ordered periods. RCIL has received official direction from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services that Home and Community Based Services (HCBA) are considered essential healthcare.…

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Helpful Tips on Self-Directing Your Home and Community Based Services from our friends at GRAIL

By Adam | March 23, 2020

Consumers and Direct Support Workers – here’s an important list of Self-Direction-Preparation tasks to keep in mind to prepare and protect yourselves during this COVID-19 health crisis.

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UPDATE – Office Closures

By Adam | March 17, 2020

In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus, RCIL offices are closed to the public until further notice.  Limited staff will be working in the main office in Osage City to ensure that FMS/HCBS payroll is issued as scheduled. Questions?  Call 785-528-3105 between 8:00 – 4:00, Monday-Friday. Need to submit paperwork?  Please scan and email…

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RCIL Office Updates & Cancellations

By Adam | March 16, 2020

RCIL offices are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus: We encourage all consumers, direct support workers, and other potential visitors to handle all business and communications with us over the phone, by email, and fax whenever possible.  If you must come to the office make sure you meet the criteria set forth…

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Now Hiring! Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) – Emporia Office

By Adam | February 20, 2020

Two full-time positions with excellent benefits and competitive pay. Case Manager/Independent Living Specialist (ILS) –The person hired for this position will deliver our Core Services (Information & Referral, Independent Living Skills Training, Advocacy, Peer Support, youth transition and nursing facility diversion/deinstitutionalization) to individuals with disabilities.  The ILS also works with other organizations on related issues,…

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RCIL Seeking Volunteers

By Adam | January 31, 2020

RCIL is seeking volunteers to assist with building ramps for individuals with disabilities who need accessible entrances and other minor home modifications.  The RCIL Build a Ramp Program provides eligible individuals with home modifications at no cost.  If you are interested in volunteering your time and skills or materials please contact RCIL at 785.528.3105.

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Changes to Assistive Technology Services

By Adam | January 9, 2020

Assistive Technology Programs Relocated RCIL served as the Northeast Kansas access site for the Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), the Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE), and more recently the Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) for the past nine years.  These programs are still available, but the staff, equipment, and services have moved to a different agency within…

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Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities seeking members

By Adam | November 27, 2019

The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities is seeking 4 new council members. Two self-advocates, one Non-Profit concerned with IDD Services, and one non-governmental organization concerned with IDD Services.  If you are interested complete this KCDD Council Application and email it to kcdd@kcdd.org  or mail to: Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities 900 SW Jackson St. Landon…

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Together We Can Learn Conference

By Adam | August 13, 2019

Sharing this information from our friends at Families Together: As parents and professionals, we understand the process of helping youth/adults transition to adulthood and/or obtain employment, can come with many challenges and obstacles. The Together We Can Learn Conference is the perfect opportunity for parents, transition age youth and professionals to gain information, inspiration, and…

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Transition Youth… Family Education Session!

By Adam | July 23, 2019

Please see the event flyer for the August 8th Kansas LEND’s Family Education Series – Transition in Kansas presented by Stephanie Coleman and Sean Swindler.  The in-person (see below for online) event will be at KU Edwards Campus, Regnier Hall Room 153 from 6-7:30pm. Families will learn how engaging in research will help their family. The…

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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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“Design the Future” Seeking Applicants

By Adam | June 13, 2019

Are you, or is someone you know an individual living with a disability who is passionate about working with young people? If so, please apply! DC Design is currently recruiting Project Partners for the 2019 Design the Future program at University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS): July 29-August 3, and August 5-10!  A program overview can…

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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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RCIL Job Opening

By Adam | May 10, 2019

Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. is seeking to fill a part-time (20 hours per week) position in its Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) program in Topeka.  Drive to pick up and deliver medical equipment.  Use a database to log work and match donated equipment with individuals seeking equipment.  Flexible daytime schedule with competitive hourly wage…

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Free Health Screenings

By Adam | April 30, 2019

Here’s a link to check eligibility for free health screenings for women who do not have health insurance. The program enrolls Kansas women at average risk who meet the income eligibility and: * are 40 to 64 years old for cervical cancer screenings * are 45 to 64 years old for breast cancer screenings *…

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Free Supported Decision-Making Conference

By Adam | April 8, 2019

The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities is hosting a free event to present information on supported decision-making.  Go online and register to attend the Supported Decision-Making Conference on Friday, April 12th from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Tony’s Pizza Event Center in Salina, KS.  This is a FREE conference!!  Go directly to their Eventbrite page…

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Upcoming Fashion Show Featuring People with Disabilities

By Adam | March 20, 2019

Runway of Dreams Foundation and Zappos are hosting the first nationally live-streamed fashion  show with models having disabilities wearing adaptive clothing and shoes. It will be next Wednesday, March 27 in Las Vegas from 3:30-5:30 (Central Time).  The link to the live stream feed is zappos.com/adaptive/fashionshow. This link will only be active during the show 3:30-5:30 (Central Time) on March…

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Family Education Series – IEP Development

By Adam | February 26, 2019

Check out this new Family Education Series provided by KU and livestreamed on Facebook.  There will be new sessions on the second Thursday of every month.  Session 1: IEP Development will begin 6:00 pm Thursday, March 14th.

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Emporia Friends group location change!

By Adam | December 14, 2018

Due to a high expected turnout the location for next week’s Emporia Friends group has been moved to the 2nd floor conference room at the Emporia Humanitarian Center.  The Humanitarian Center is located at 215 W. 6th Avenue in Emporia. For more information please contact the Emporia office at 620.342.1648.

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Equipment Donation Drives!

By Adam | October 19, 2018

RCIL serves as the Northeast Kansas access site for the Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) program and is holding equipment drives this month!  Can YOU help?  Do you have unneeded equipment taking up space? Did you know that your lightly used durable medical equipment can help a Kansan with a disability who needs assistive technology, but…

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Employment Skills Class

By Adam | May 14, 2018

Are you interested in seeking employment, but not sure where to start? Join us May 24th for a free employment skills class!  In the morning session we’ll learn about resumes, job searches, and the interview process.  In the afternoon speakers from Vocational Rehabilitation, Kansas WORKS, and a Benefits Specialist will give brief presentations of their…

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