Assistive Technology

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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5 Apps for People with Vision Loss

By Mandy Smith | June 15, 2020

I get questions many times about available apps for people who have vision loss. I thought I’d write a brief description of 5 apps that have great features for people who are blind or visually impaired. LookTel Money Reader – This app uses the camera on the back of the phone/tablet and then says out…

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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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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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Amazing Technology for People who are Blind

By Mandy Smith | March 30, 2016

Technology, you have to love it!  Below is a link to a YouTube video from Microsoft about their new Seeing AI (artificial intelligence) app and glasses.  I am truly amazed at the information this is able to give those without sight.  The doors it could open are unlimited! Seeing AI Video

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Assistive Technology Series: Part 1 Safe Slice

By Mandy Smith | July 24, 2015

I am starting a series of blogs that will feature low tech assistive technology devices/tools.   Each blog will have a picture of the device, how it works, and how it could be beneficial to individuals with disabilities.  RCIL does NOT sell items nor earn any profit off of any item.  These blogs are simply informational to allow individuals to…

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Seeking Donations of Durable Medical Equipment

By Mandy Smith | June 30, 2015

The Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. is seeking donations of new or gently used durable medical equipment to be refurbished and given to Kansans with disabilities or health conditions through Kansas Equipment Exchange, a statewide program operated by Assistive Technology for Kansans. Types of equipment being sought include manual and powered wheelchairs, communication devices,…

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KYEA Fundraiser and KEE Equipment Drive

By Mandy Smith | May 7, 2015

Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy will be hosting its annual fundraising garage sale/bake sale on May 30th.  The fundraiser Garage Sale/Bake Sale will be from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the KYEA parking lot (517 SW 37th St., Topeka). RCIL will also be holding a Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) equipment drive that day. KEE is designed to…

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Save the Date: September 12-14 ATK Expo/KSHA Conference

By Mandy Smith | August 12, 2013

Please keep September 12-14 open to join the Assistive Technology (AT) Expo at the Topeka Expo Center.  More than 20 AT sessions will be given ranging from independent living, community, employment, education and recreation.  There will also be around 200 booths set up in the Expo hall.  The AT Expo is free to the public!  The AT…

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Vision Awareness Days

By Mandy Smith | January 29, 2013

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…

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Kansas Infinitec Coalition Outstanding Student Technology Awards

By Mandy Smith | December 5, 2012

I am so pleased to be here at the Kansas Infinitec Coalition Outstanding Student Technology Awards luncheon. This award luncheon is to honor students who are using assistive technology to better their learning experiences. This luncheon is a “Celebration to the power of technology that these students are using” Paul Dulle, President and CEO UCPGC/Infinite…

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Hubert – Finding Opportunity

By Mandy Smith | September 28, 2012

Does opportunity happen or do we go looking for it?  According to Hubert B. Von Holton we must have our eyes and ears open to because opportunity happens but most aren’t looking for it. “The older I get the more I believe that opportunities pass everyone equal.  When you are young you only think they…

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AT Expo 2012 – Wichita

By Mandy Smith | September 27, 2012

RCIL is hosting a booth at the Assistive Technology Expo this year in Wichita. I am “manning” the booth to share with the participants my newly offered service, orientation and mobility.  I have spoken to approximately 30 participants this far and explained some of the services RCIL has to offer. Remember, assistive technology does  not…

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