Independent Living

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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Sept 21st – RCIL’s 38th Anniversary

By Adam | September 21, 2022

Today marks RCIL’s 38th year since incorporation! Founded by Bill Reyer in 1984, we have been working for, and with, Kansans with disabilities all along the way. Enjoy these 1984 fun facts as we take a look back.

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PEER Program

By Mandy Smith | September 14, 2022

Did you know RCIL has a PEER program?  PEER stands for Peers Empowering Each (other) Responsibly.  So what does this mean? RCIL has people with disabilities on staff, Peer Specialists, who work with our consumers (who have disabilities).  The Peer Specialist assists the consumer with setting up an independent living plan and helping the person…

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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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Free Budgeting Class!

By Adam | April 7, 2022

Attention Emporia area consumers! ECKAN, the United Way of the Flint Hill, and Housing & Credit Counseling, Inc. are offering a free budgeting class on April 25th from 3 – 4 pm. You will have the opportunity to learn to create and manage a household budget. See the flyer below for more details! The class…

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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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Interviews to help with HCBS outcomes

By Mandy Smith | February 15, 2022

Rehabilitation and Research Training Center on HCBS Outcome Measurement along with the Institute of Community Integration from the University of Minnesota are looking for research participants for interviews.They are testing measures to improve person-centered Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) outcomes for people with disabilities. Getting services at home or in the community is important for…

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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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Transportation for Vaccinations

By Adam | September 30, 2021

Interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, but need a ride? You might be eligible for a free ride with Uber through the Vaccine Access Fund. Reach the service by calling their partner, GoGoGrandparent at (855) 921-0033 Say that you would like to book a free ride to and from your vaccine location, and they will…

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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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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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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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Direct Support Workers Needed

By Adam | July 29, 2021

Get paid to help someone stay out of a nursing home! Persons with disabilities are seeking friendly, compassionate, and reliable individuals to assist them with daily activities to enable them to remain independent in their own home. Some examples include housekeeping, errands/shopping, cooking, personal care, and more. These are rewarding opportunities for the right individuals! …

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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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The RCIL Consumer-Directed Handbook Is Now Available!

By Adam | July 6, 2021

The recently updated RCIL Consumer-Directed Handbook is now available.  In it you can find information on how to direct your own care and be the employer of your Direct Support Workers (DSW).  Information in the handbook includes tips on advertising and interviewing potential Direct Support Workers, using the AuthentiCare KS Electronic Visitor Verification system, background…

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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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