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Low Vision Fair Marion County Senior Center

By Mandy Smith | July 22, 2021

RCIL will be hosting a low vision fair at the Marion County Senior Center on July 28th starting at 12:30pm. RCIL’s Mandy Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, along with Audio-Reader and Kansas Talking Books will be speaking about their free services and options for people with vison loss. Along with presentations,equipment will be presented…

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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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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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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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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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Mentoring Opportunity for Teens with Vision Loss

By Mandy Smith | May 21, 2021

Professional Mentoring Opportunities for Blind College Students: Apply Today Apply to the Pearson Corporate Disability Mentoring Program, a six-month program in which sighted Pearson and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) professionals are paired with blind young adults to provide blind mentees with greater access to beneficial workplace experiences and strategies. Participants, through a virtual mentoring relationship with a…

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RCIL Friends Group Updates!

By Beth | May 14, 2021

RCIL is excited to resume Friends group meetings in person again!  We will also continue to have the online Friends group meetings as well.  RCIL Friends are groups of individuals who all experience disability and meet monthly to address disability needs and issues in the community.  They also share information about disability related topics such…

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SILCK Board Seeking Applicants

By Adam | April 30, 2021

The State Independent Living Council of Kansas (SILCK) is an independent, non-profit state council with the primary responsibility to jointly develop, monitor and evaluate the three-year Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) with the network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Kansans with disabilities they serve. The council is authorized under Section 705…

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Evergy Resuming Residential Disconnects May 3rd

By Mandy Smith | April 28, 2021

Evergy will be resuming residential disconnects on Monday, May 3rd.  Evergy will not be offering any special pay agreements after Friday.  If you have a large balance that has previously been on a pay agreement, please contact Evergy by Friday to get a quote to set up a pay agreement.  You will also need to…

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Creating an Accessible Vaccine Experience for People with Disabilities and Older Adults

By Beth | April 19, 2021

If you are thinking of hosting or are already a vaccination site, view the handouts below for some tips and resources on making the vaccination process a more comfortable and accessible experience for people with disabilities and older adults.  It has a list of examples on how to provide reasonable accommodations and they are categorized…

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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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Technology Helps Consumer Read Again

By Beth | April 1, 2021

A consumer’s daughter called Mandy Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, wanting to get her mother a device that would help her read.  The family had tried to work with another organization but kept hitting a brick wall due to COVID.  The consumer who is 102 years old and has vision loss is “as sharp…

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EmpowHer Camp

By Mandy Smith | March 19, 2021

EmpowHer Camp is a fun and exciting one year program for girls with disabilities ages 13-17 EmpowHer Camp starts with one week of adventurous camping in the Adirondacks where they explore nature, make friends, and laugh around the campfire. They also connect with mentors who will help them set goals and achieve them! After the…

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Independent Living Skills Training

By Beth | March 10, 2021

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,…

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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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TeleHealth Training Opportunity

By Mandy Smith | February 23, 2021

If you are interested in learning about Telehealth the following training might be good for you. The Fab 4: Connected, Device, Platform, Appointment This training will help families learn how to access health appointments via their smart device.  The trainings are offered March 16th 6:00pm-7:30pm or April 15th 6:00pm-7:30pm both on Zoom.  To learn more…

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RCIL Friends Group

By Beth | February 19, 2021

Peer Counseling is a Core Service that RCIL offers to people with disabilities.  RCIL helps them connect with other people who have, or have experienced, a disability by hosting an online RCIL Friends group once a month.  The group meets virtually via Zoom on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 2:00pm – 3:00pm.  They…

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Free ASL Online Classes

By Mandy Smith | February 5, 2021

Oklahoma School for the Deaf is offering free ASL I & II classes online.  It is a 8 week pre-recorded course February 15-April 5.  Classes will upload every Monday at 6:00pm.  Certificates are available upon request after you satisfy course requirements.  For more information contact Sarah Jameson sjameson@osd.k12.ok.us or Kara Floyd kfloyd@osd.k12.ok.us    

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COVID Vaccination Info for RCIL Core Service Counties

By Adam | January 21, 2021

The State of Kansas moved into Phase 2 of the vaccination process Jan 21, 2021.  Details about Phase 1 and Phase 2 can be found here.  Listed below you will find vaccination information we received from local county health departments with our core service area.  This information is subject to change at any time so…

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Vaccination Info for Direct Support Workers

By Adam | December 30, 2020

We have been receiving some questions regarding how Direct Support Workers (DSWs) can get a COVID-19 vaccination.  The following information was provided by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS): Community-Based Long-Term Services and Support (LTSS) workers like DSWs in Kansas are deemed health care workers in the context of receiving a COVID-19…

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Access to Independence

By Beth | December 17, 2020

James and Sandy Garner were thrilled to have their ramp built at their home.  For several years, James spent numerous days inside their home because it was difficult for him to walk and to use steps.  When he had to go to the hospital, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) had to use their back door…

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Accessible Recreation Survey

By Adam | November 19, 2020

The Kansas Disability and Health Program (DHP) is conducting a survey to collect information about accessible recreation and physical activity opportunities available to Kansans with all types of disabilities, including mobility, vision, hearing, intellectual and developmental. This information about programs, parks and sites will be compiled into a resource directory to be published on the…

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KABVI hosting online convention

By Mandy Smith | November 12, 2020

Kansas Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (KABVI) will be hosting with the assistance of American Counsel of the Blind (ACB) an online convention Friday, November 20th and Saturday, November 21st.  This is the ACB’s annual meeting but it is also a celebration of KABVI’s 100 year anniversary. Friday’s agenda is scheduled 10:00am-5:00pm and…

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