Consumer Opportunities

Emergency Broadband Benefit

By Mandy Smith | September 1, 2021

The Emergency Broadband Benefit program is a Federal Communications Comission (FCC) that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband service bills. To qualify a person could have one of the follow: Medicaid, child(ren) receive free/reduced lunches, receiving social security income, Tribal benefits, reduced income due to COVID-19, and many more options (link is below for…

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Thrive Allen County Transportation

By Mandy Smith | June 30, 2021

Thrive Allen County is providing non-emergent medical transportation to Allen County residents regardless of age or income. Service hours are 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday and all trips must be made in Allen County or 115 miles within the county (including Topeka, Kansas City, Wichita, and Joplin.) Eligible trips include the grocery store, pharmacy, social services agencies, and…

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Feedback Requested – Special Education & Transition

By Adam | May 24, 2021

Parents and students! Here is your chance to advocate and provide feedback on transition services. The Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD) is conducting listening sessions as part of a policy analysis on transition from school to community living for youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  They are interested in hearing…

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Teddy Bear Clinic

By Mandy Smith | April 6, 2021

Newman Regional Health is hosting the 22nd Annual and first ever drive through Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday April 10th from 9:00am-12:00pm in the Newman Regional Health parking lot off 12th Ave (Emporia). This event is FREE to attend and is intended to help educate children of the importance of healthcare.  A non-perishable food donation…

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Southcentral Kansas Employment Summit

By Adam | March 1, 2021

Registration is now open for the Southcentral Kansas virtual Employment Summit being held online Thursday, April 8th at 8:30 am! Keynote speakers include Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, motivational speaker, author & inspiration for the movie “Rudy” and Ed O’Malley, President and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center. Participants can also join breakout sessions on topics such…

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Kansas Disability Caucus Seeking Board Members

By Adam | October 29, 2020

A message from the Kansas Disability Caucus Board Chair Lou Ann Kibbee: “The KS Disability Caucus, Inc. Board has five positions up for election each beginning January 1, 2021 for a two year term.  The Board wants to make sure that it represents the faces of Kansans with disabilities, therefore we need applicants from various…

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Mental Health Program for Women with SCI

By Adam | August 7, 2020

Online Group Psychological Health Promotion Program for Women with Spinal Cord Injury The Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research Center (SCIDR) at TIRR Memorial Hermann is recruiting for a study to test a psychological health promotion program for women with spinal cord injury (SCI). The 10-week group program, Zest: A Psychological Health Promotion Program for Women…

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Kansas Disability Caucus – Online

By Mandy Smith | July 1, 2020

The Kansas Disability Caucus, Inc. would like to announce registration is open for the Kansas Online Disability Caucus on August 12th-14th. After our Board had to make a difficult decision to cancel the in person Disability Caucus event on the same dates in Topeka, we felt it important that we provide some sessions online. We…

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Research study – Experiences of young adults with disabilities, the internet, and work

By Mandy Smith | June 19, 2020

Researchers with the Great Lakes ADA Center in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago are seeking participants to complete an online survey about work, internet use, and disability rights. Who is eligible for this study? Survey participates must: Identify as having a disability. Be 18-24 years old.…

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NAMI supports

By Mandy Smith | May 29, 2020

National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, is offering the following supports: First, we are implementing monthly workshops via online to provide educational topics.  To do this, we are seeking workshop topics and presenters.  If interested in submitting a workshop proposal, you can learn more at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020-2021_Online_Workshops Second, we implemented an online support group for Front…

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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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Attention! Self-Directing Consumers Learn how to be a better employer!

By Beth | October 2, 2019

Please join us for an informative session on Self-Directing your Home and Community Based Services. Topics will include information on: How to Recruit, Select, Interview, Hire, Train, Supervise and Dismiss Direct Support Workers (DSWs) Understanding Enhanced Care Services (Sleep Cycle Support) KS AuthentiCare (the Electronic Visit Verification Call In System) Having a Backup Plan (of…

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Attention! Self-Directing Consumers Learn how to be a better employer!

By Beth | August 2, 2019

Please join us for an informative session on Self-Directing your Home and Community Based Services. Topics will include information on: How to Recruit, Select, Interview, Hire, Train, Supervise and Dismiss Direct Support Workers (DSWs) Understanding Enhanced Care Services (Sleep Cycle Support) KS AuthentiCare (the Electronic Visit Verification Call In System) Having a Backup Plan (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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Attention! Self-Directing Consumers Learn how to be a better employer!

By Beth | May 29, 2019

Please join us for an informative session on Self-Directing your Home and Community Based Services. Topics will include information on: How to Recruit, Select, Interview, Hire, Train, Supervise and Dismiss Direct Support Workers (DSWs) Understanding Enhanced Care Services (Sleep Cycle Support) KS AuthentiCare (the Electronic Visit Verification Call In System) Having a Backup Plan (of…

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Attention! Self-Directing Consumers Learn how to be a better employer!

By Beth | May 8, 2019

Please join us for an informative session on Self-Directing your Home and Community Based Services. Topics will include information on: How to Recruit, Select, Interview, Hire, Train, Supervise and Dismiss Direct Support Workers (DSWs) Understanding Enhanced Care Services (Sleep Cycle Support) KS AuthentiCare (the Electronic Visit Verification Call In System) Having a Backup Plan (of…

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14 Weeks to a Healthier You – Free program

By Mandy Smith | January 15, 2019

If you or someone you know has a mobility limitation or chronic illness and wants to be more physically active in 2019, we have you covered! The “14 Weeks to a Healthier You” program is a FREE online exercise and nutrition program for people with disabilities. Sign up now and start moving more this year!…

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Friends Group Christmas Party Schedule

By Mandy Smith | December 4, 2017

Where did this year go?  I know for me it flew by!  So now it’s time to get the winter gear out, buy some hot chocolate and find some holiday cheer!  Please come and enjoy a Christmas party at your local Friends Group! All groups will meet from 1:00pm-3:00pm for the exception of Emporia. December…

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KACIL Receives Quality of Life Grant

By Mandy Smith | July 26, 2017

The Kansas Association of Centers for Independent Living (KACIL) is pleased to announce that it received one of seven national Quality of Life grants from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. Funds will be used to transition people with paralysis living in nursing homes back into their homes or a community-based setting of their choice.…

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Free Dental Services

By Mandy Smith | January 10, 2017

Free Dental Services in Manhattan! January 27-28 Doors Open at 4:30am Patient Registration at 222 N 6th St Manhattan (old Ray’s Apple Market) –  There is only disabled parking at this location, general parking located at 100 Manhattan Town Ctr or 3rd & Leavenworth (Manhattan Town Center Mall) No Appointments- first come first served for…

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2016 Consumer Christmas Parties

By Mandy Smith | December 5, 2016

In case you haven’t seen our Winter Newsletter here is the article regarding our consumer Christmas parties! The holiday season is here! RCIL will have their annual consumer Christmas parties during the month of December. Below is a listing of the dates and locations of the parties. Pick the event you would like to attend…

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Fort Scott Friends Group Update

By Mandy Smith | August 11, 2016

This month’s Fort Scott Friends Group will meet at 1:00pm on August 24th at Gunn Park.

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Ms. Wheelchair Kansas searching for contestants

By Mandy Smith | December 3, 2015

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas is currently searching for women to participate in their 2016 event to be held March 11-13 in Topeka. Contestants can be nominated by a person or group or can choose to participate in the program. Are you a woman of achievement who is wheelchair mobile? Would you like to share your voice with the…

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KanCare HCBS Waiver Integration Information and Comment Tour

By Mandy Smith | October 29, 2015

KDADS is hosting a “KanCare HCBS Waiver Integration Information and Comment Tour” and are encouraging consumers and their families to attend.  All locations will feature meetings at 1:30pm-3:30pm for providers and 5:30pm-7:30pm for consumers and families. Topeka Tuesday, Nov. 10th Capitol Plaza Hotel 1717 SW Topeka Blvd Wichita Thursday, Nov. 12th Doubletree Wichita Airport 2098…

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Nothing About Us Without Us!

By Mandy Smith | October 12, 2015

The Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas (SILCK) and the Centers for Independent Living in Kansas are holding stakeholder forums in 5 cities across Kansas to gain information on goals and issues regarding Independent Living for Kansans with disabilities.  The SILCK and the CILs plan to use this “grassroots” input to help write the next…

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