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 Saturday’s 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Agenda items include: myself, Mandy Smith with iKan-RCIL information; KSDS Assistance Dogs, Inc.; Kansas Talking Books; Assistive Technology for Kansans and Telecommunications Access Program; Nanopac; Audio Reader; Kansas State School for the Blind; and much more.  Both days will be hosted on Zoom along with streaming live on Facebook and internet radio.

KABVI is asking for $10 registration fee that includes two days worth of knowledge along with entered into drawings for door prizes.  For information on how to register please contact Ann Byington, KABVI President, abyinton@cox.net (785) 235-8990 or (800) 799-1499.

 

Assistive Technology Programs Relocated

RCIL served as the Northeast Kansas access site for the Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), the Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE), and more recently the Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) for the past nine years.  These programs are still available, but the staff, equipment, and services have moved to a different agency within Topeka.  The Topeka Independent Living Resource Center is the new host for these programs effective January 1, 2020.

If you are interested in learning more about these programs, or if you were working with an Assistive Technology Specialist, they can now be reached at 785.233.4572.

RCIL will be hosting two low vision fairs in March.  The fairs will be on March 6th in Baxter Springs and March 7th in Garnett.  Both fairs will be located at the town’s library and will be from 1:00-3:00pm.

During that time Mandy Smith, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist, will present on iKan-RCIL’s program and services and will introduce representatives from other agencies that serve the low vision/blind population.  In Baxter Springs, the agencies will include: Assistive Technology for Kansans (ATK), Audio Reader, and Kansas Talking Books.  Garnett’s line up will be NanoPac, Audio Reader, and Kansas Talking Books.  Along with presenting on available resources, agencies will also have demonstrations of equipment for hands-on opportunities.

If you have questions feel free to call Mandy Smith (785) 528-3105 or email her at Amanda.smith@rcilinc.org

Fliers are located below with the address of both locations.

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If you are looking for something to do this month here is a list of events around our service area:

September 15th – Manhattan Senior Center from 1:00pm-3:00pm

  • Low Vision Information and Device demonstration – NanoPac, Assistive Technology for Kansans and RCIL will present on low vision devices and helpful information

September 16th – Topeka/Shawnee County Library from 9:00am-12:00pm

  • Senior fair – Many booths will be open to provide seniors information on services available.  Door prizes will be given.

September 19th – Flint Hills Mall (Emporia) from 8:00am-12:00pm

  • Lift Off for Health – Games, prices, bouncy house, samples, balloon release, free food, fitness demonstrations, activities, and grand prizes of His and Her Fitbits

The Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. is seeking donations of new or gently used durable medical equipment to be refurbished and given to Kansans with disabilities or health conditions through Kansas Equipment Exchange, a statewide program operated by Assistive Technology for Kansans.

Types of equipment being sought include manual and powered wheelchairs, communication devices, hospital beds, bariatric equipment, gait trainers, chargers for power devices, specialized car seats, feeding pumps, aluminum entry ramps and other items.

Donations can be dropped off next week between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Resource Center for Independent Living Inc., 1507 S.W. 21st St., suite 203.

If unable to bring the equipment to the office, individuals can contact the Kansas Equipment Exchange at (800) 526-3648 and arrange for pick-up. Likewise, those in need of equipment to stay in their home or for health reasons can contact the same number to request assistance