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 parts of our population, such as race, ethnicity, disability, age, geographic, sexual orientation, and gender identification. We will review all applications from individuals wanting to join the group to organize and coordinate activities that promote independent living of all people with disabilities through collaboration, networking, education, planning, and peer-to-peer interaction, including the Disability Caucus held during even numbered years. We need individuals that are very committed to work hard in both planning and the hands on work needed to have a successful Caucus. In 1988, a small group of Kansans with disabilities came together to organize the first Kansas Disability Caucus when ninety people attended in Salina, KS. It was these united voices that helped to pass the first self-directed personal care assistance program in Kansas. The Caucus has attracted many national presenters in independent living and disability rights through the years. There have been different focuses for holding the Caucus including education, advocacy, and planning, all of which lead to the independence of Kansans with disabilities. The KS Disability Caucus supports and encourages successful outcomes for people with all types of disabilities of all ages, especially encouraging the involvement of young adults. If you are interested in continuing these activities, please submit your application. The deadline for submission is November 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. We will contact you if you are chosen to join the Board or if we have more questions for you.

Please complete this application if you are interested in applying to be on the Board.”

Mental Health Program for Women with SCI

Categorized: Consumer Opportunities

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 with SCI, or simply Zest, is delivered in the online virtual world of Second Life. Eligible participants will be randomized (like flipping a coin) to either the Zest program or a control group. All participants will complete online assessments at three time points. Participants will receive a small payment for their time.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are a woman at least 18 years of age;
  • Have had a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and are a least one year post injury;
  • Have access to a computer with high speed internet connection;
  • Are able to use a computer and communicate in online group conversations in English


For more information, contact by emailZest@memorialhermann.org or by phone: 713.797.7572

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 are excited with the sessions to be presented to provide important information to the Kansas disability community, as well as gather information from you all to give us direction of where our advocacy efforts should be focused. The KDC Board strongly believes in “Nothing About Us Without Us”. This is your opportunity to provide input and learn more about exercising your right to vote. And it is all FREE!!!! Deadline for registration is July 26th.

Check out the attached announcement and register online! (First one is a Word Document, second is PDF)

KS Disability Caucus – Online Announcement 2020

KS Disability Caucus – Online Announcement 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.
Work or be currently seeking employment.
Live in the United States.

What does the research involve?
It involves an online survey that includes questions about how and where you work, how you use different social networking websites, and your familiarity with disability rights related issues. You do not need to have any prior knowledge in order to participate. Survey participants can enter a drawing for one of eight $50 Amazon gift cards.

Questions? Contact:
Robert Gould, PhD (Principal Investigator).
Assistant Clinical Professor
Director of Research, Great Lakes ADA Center
Department of Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago
(312) 413- 2299

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 Line, Essential Workers.  Is a secured platform and password protected.  Please share the registration link with those in your network who may be in need of some support during these challenging times.  Please register for Essential Worker NAMI Connection Group for Kansas on June 15, 2020 7:00 PM CDT at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/526593908598952715

Third, our first Educational Workshop is scheduled for July 17, 3p – 4p.  The workshop topic is on NAMI HelpLines, “Who Ya Gonna Call?  NAMI HelpLines!” Please share the registration link with those in your network: Who Ya Gonna Call? NAMI HelpLines! on Jul 17, 2020 3:00 PM CDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4801870051254978829