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, Cowley, Elk, Greenwood, Linn, Lyon, Marion, Miami, Morris, and Osage counties.

RCIL teaches people with disabilities the life skills that they need to manage everyday life.  Some examples of life skills include: learning how to acquire or maintain housing, employment, transportation, medical equipment, healthcare, and assistive technology.  Other examples are: learning how to cook, developing a budget, performing tasks like cleaning and organizing, and much more.  If you are a person with a disability and want to improve your life skills, contact RCIL today at 785-528-3105 for more information and to request services for Independent Living Skills Training.

The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy is partnering with the Resource Center for Independent Living and bringing our Empower Me! Series “It’s My Life!” Workshop to Osage City and surrounding area youth! This is simply a one-day, weekend workshop that will help youth with disabilities learn how to live independently, make good decisions, and take charge of their life and future.

This workshop will be held on Saturday, April 14 at the Resource Center for Independent Living in Osage City. It will take place from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, but the day will be completely interactive with speakers, hands on activities, group discussion, food, prizes, and more! Participants will learn about a variety of different topics including independent living, housing, money management, transportation, decision making, communication, and more. Throughout the day, participants will learn about the various options, as well as resources, that are available in their community. They will even leave the workshop with a goal plan containing independent living goals.

So, who can attend this workshop?

  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 25.
  • Must have a disability (as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act).
  • Must live in Osage City or surrounding areas (nearby towns include Lyndon, Burlingame, Carbondale, Lebo, Allen, Eskridge, Pomona, Waverly, Hartford, Burlington, and Melvern).

There is no cost for participants to attend. KYEA will arrange for accommodations that are needed, including brainstorming transportation options.

See attached flyer and registration form. To attend this workshop, youth must fill out the registration form and return to us by APRIL 2, 2018.

It’s My Life flyer

It’s My Life- Registration Form

Mandy Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, will be presenting at the Chase County Health Department on May 1st.  The presentation will begin at 1:00pm and last approximately an hour.  Mandy will be explaining what the iKan-RCIL program does and the services it provides along with showing pieces of assistive technology.  Anyone who has a vision loss or anyone who works with people who have a vision loss is welcome to attend.

iKan-RCIL serves individuals who are 55 years and older and who are blind or have low vision, so this program will be focused on that age group.

Chase County Health Department
301 S. Walnut
Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845

If you have questions please call (785) 267-1717.

iKan-RCIL is funded by Kansas Rehabilitation and Services and covers 23 counties in Kansas.

iKan-RCIL will be hosting a low vision fair in Fort Scott on April 2nd.  The fair will consist of Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Foulk speaking about eye health, diseases and conditions along with Audio Reader, Talking Books, Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), and iKan-RCIL speaking about their program and services.  Assistive technology equipment will be available for hands-on demonstrations.

The fair will be held at the Fort Scott Housing Authority/Scott View Apartments (315 Scott Ave. Fort Scott, KS 66701) from 1:00-3:00pm.  If you have questions please call Mandy Smith at (877) 719-1717.

iKan-RCIL is a program for individuals who are 55 years and older who are blind or have low vision.  iKan-RCIL is funded by Kansas Rehabiliation and Services and covers 23 counties in Kansas.


The Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) is celebrating the 23rd Anniversary of the signing of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) at several events and locations throughout the month of July.

When President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law –the world’s first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities– in front of 3,000 people on the White House lawn on July 26, 1990, the event represented an historical benchmark and a milestone in America’s commitment to full and equal opportunity for all of its citizens.  The ADA reflects a recognition that the surest path to America’s continued vitality, strength and vibrancy is through the full realization of the contributions of all of its citizens.

The celebrations will coincide with monthly RCIL Friends group meetings and include free hot dogs and additional information about the ADA. “We hope to help bring awareness to the importance of the ADA and other legislation that places value on the lives and contributions of persons with disabilities.” said Adam Burnett, RCIL Director of Core Services.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

July 10th 1:00pm at High Rise Apartments in Fort Scott

July 12th 12:30pm at Park Place Apartments in Osage City.

July 23rd 1:00pm at Magic Circle Apartments in Eureka.

July 23rd 1:00pm at Townhouse Apartments in Iola.

July 24th 1:00pm at the RCIL office in El Dorado.

July 26th 1:00pm at the Senior Center in Paola.

July 29th 1:30pm at the Broadview Towers Apartments in Emporia.

About RCIL and Friends groups

RCIL’s mission statement:  “RCIL is committed to working with individuals, families, and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities.”  RCIL provides the five core services of independent living (Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, Peer Support, Information & Referral, and De-Institutionalization) to 15 counties throughout Eastern Kansas.  Friends group meetings are for individuals who have, or have experienced, a disability and are held monthly in El Dorado, Emporia, Eureka, Fort Scott, Iola, Osage City, and Paola.  Friends group members share, advocate, and learn information on disability related topics.  Please contact your local RCIL office for more information.