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Success! Persistence and Self-Advocacy Increases Financial Stability for Consumer

By Beth | November 7, 2022

A consumer learned that the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied his Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.  He contacted RCIL for assistance to understand why and to get his benefits back.  He discussed his issues with an Independent Living Specialist (ILS) and they developed a plan.  They called SSA and the consumer learned that they…

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Kansas Disability Caucus Board Positions Open for Applications

By Beth | October 21, 2022

The Kansas Disability Caucus (KDC) Board is accepting applications for six positions on their Board.  Click on this link to view the application, which includes a brief history of KDC and what they are looking for in potential board members.  All positions begin on January 1, 2023 for a two-year term.  If you are interested to…

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RCIL receives $1,000 Grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas

By Beth | September 9, 2022

RCIL received a grant from Kansas Health Foundation Public Health Fund administered by the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas to purchase medical equipment for its medical equipment loan and distribution program in Iola.  Items such as shower chairs, toilet seat risers, and tubs of Sani-Cloth will be able, free-of-charge, while supplies last to local consumers…

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Following A Dream

By Beth | July 25, 2022

Randy has been working on a book series for years and is getting closer and closer to a publication date.  He is now in the process of editing the first book which can be very tedious.  This task can be even more difficult with a vision loss like Randy has.  Randy was able to obtain…

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RCIL’s Durable Medical Equipment Program

By Beth | May 26, 2022

As a service to the community, RCIL has durable medical equipment available for loan, free of charge, through the Anita Casey Equipment Loan Program in Osage City and the Phyllis Patteson Equipment Loan Program in El Dorado.  RCIL also has the Equipment Loan Program in Emporia.  The equipment is provided as a service not only…

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Obtaining A Ramp

By Beth | April 12, 2022

Independent Living Specialist, Macy, assisted Marie in obtaining a ramp.  Marie’s ramp was so rotten that Marie and her boyfriend thought they were going to fall through.  Marie needed financial assistance and did not know what resources to utilize.  She reached out to Macy for assistance.  Macy educated her on funding resources available in the…

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Research Participation Opportunities

By Beth | March 21, 2022

The Research and Training Center on Independent Living at Kansas University are currently recruiting research participants for a couple of their research studies. Check out their flyers below for inclusion criteria and contact information for study inquiry. Weight Management Research Study (Participants must live within 50 miles of Wichita) Physical Study Research Study (Location can…

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Emporia Life Skills Class

By Beth | February 10, 2022

The Salvation Army is offering a Life Skills Class in Emporia on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays every month at 6:00pm.  The class will cover simple life lessons that every family needs to make it through the day.  Topics include budgeting, cooking, self-care, scheduling, and much more.  For more information, download their flyer below or…

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Advocacy Services

By Beth | January 18, 2022

Do you know that one of the five Core Services that RCIL offers is Advocacy?  RCIL offers two forms of advocacy services and they are individual advocacy and system advocacy.  Individual advocacy services help people with disabilities develop the skills they need to represent themselves.  These skills help them act on their own behalf to…

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Emergency Broadband Benefit Saves Cost

By Beth | December 6, 2021

RCIL consumer Jerry has been working with an RCIL Independent Living Specialist (ILS) to learn how to use the many different programs and features of an iPad to keep track of appointments, communicate with his friends and family, and other Independent Living skills. Jerry recently learned about the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) through a newsletter…

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Independent Living Success

By Beth | October 29, 2021

Independent Living Specialist, Macy, assisted a consumer in getting her bathroom remodeled.  The consumer was having a difficult time getting into her bathroom because the doorway was too narrow for her wheelchair.  The consumer explained, “I was hurting myself by falling in the bathroom without my wheelchair and not making it to the toilet in…

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

By Beth | October 5, 2021

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! Every October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the diverse contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Each week throughout the month, the Department for Children and Families (DCF) will be sharing valuable information about workers and job seekers with disabilities, details about the…

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Research Opportunity for People with Disabilities Living in Rural Communities

By Beth | September 17, 2021

The University of Montana Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities are conducting a study on rural personal assistance services.  They are seeking people with disabilities living in rural communities who receives personal care services in their home to participate in this study.  Individuals who participate in this study will receive $30 cash…

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Freedom!

By Beth | August 27, 2021

RCIL Independent Living Specialist (ILS), Macy Collins, assisted Charla in obtaining a power chair carrier for her vehicle.  She had a carrier at one time, but it was stolen off her car.  Macy taught her the different funding organizations and resources available, how to request use of her assistive technology funds through her Managed Care…

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Independence Celebration!

By Beth | July 14, 2021

RCIL is hosting an Independence Celebration to celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 31st Anniversary on July 28, 2021 in Osage City! Food will be provided. Come and celebrate with us! Check out the flyer below for details.

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Youth Transition Club

By Beth | June 21, 2021

Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) is inviting you to join Youth Transition Club!  This group is for youth and young adults ages (14-24) with disabilities in Lyon County.  In this group you will have the opportunity to learn independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and employment skills.  Youth Transition Club meets…

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Accessible Recreation Opportunities in Kansas

By Beth | June 4, 2021

The Kansas Disability and Health Program (KDHP) is compiling a list of accessible recreation opportunities across the state of Kansas.  The list is posted on their website at www.ihdps.ku/accessible-recreation-opportunties.  The list is organized alphabetically by county and within the list of counties, it is organized alphabetically by city or town.  The list includes accessible playgrounds,…

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RCIL Friends Group Updates!

By Beth | May 14, 2021

RCIL is excited to resume Friends group meetings in person again!  We will also continue to have the online Friends group meetings as well.  RCIL Friends are groups of individuals who all experience disability and meet monthly to address disability needs and issues in the community.  They also share information about disability related topics such…

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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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Technology Helps Consumer Read Again

By Beth | April 1, 2021

A consumer’s daughter called Mandy Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, wanting to get her mother a device that would help her read.  The family had tried to work with another organization but kept hitting a brick wall due to COVID.  The consumer who is 102 years old and has vision loss is “as sharp…

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Independent Living Skills Training

By Beth | March 10, 2021

RCIL offers five core services to individuals with disabilities, their families, and their community.  The five Core Services are: Advocacy, Peer Counseling, Independent Living Skills Training, Information and Referral, and Deinstitutionalization/Youth Transition Services.  These services are free of charge to individuals across all ages and disabilities that live in Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Coffey,…

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RCIL Friends Group

By Beth | February 19, 2021

Peer Counseling is a Core Service that RCIL offers to people with disabilities.  RCIL helps them connect with other people who have, or have experienced, a disability by hosting an online RCIL Friends group once a month.  The group meets virtually via Zoom on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 2:00pm – 3:00pm.  They…

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Access to Independence

By Beth | December 17, 2020

James and Sandy Garner were thrilled to have their ramp built at their home.  For several years, James spent numerous days inside their home because it was difficult for him to walk and to use steps.  When he had to go to the hospital, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) had to use their back door…

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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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Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program

By Beth | September 24, 2020

The ECKAN Weatherization Assistance Program is accepting applications for individuals in Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Chase, Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Greenwood, Johnson, Linn, Lyon, Miami, Morris, Osage, Woodson and Wyandotte counties. Eligible individuals include home owners and renters that meet household income levels. If anyone in the household receives one or more of the following sources of…

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