Disability

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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Now Hiring! Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) – Emporia Office

By Adam | February 20, 2020

Two full-time positions with excellent benefits and competitive pay. Case Manager/Independent Living Specialist (ILS) –The person hired for this position will deliver our Core Services (Information & Referral, Independent Living Skills Training, Advocacy, Peer Support, youth transition and nursing facility diversion/deinstitutionalization) to individuals with disabilities.  The ILS also works with other organizations on related issues,…

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RCIL Job Opening

By Adam | May 10, 2019

Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. is seeking to fill a part-time (20 hours per week) position in its Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) program in Topeka.  Drive to pick up and deliver medical equipment.  Use a database to log work and match donated equipment with individuals seeking equipment.  Flexible daytime schedule with competitive hourly wage…

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14 Weeks to a Healthier You – Free program

By Mandy Smith | January 15, 2019

If you or someone you know has a mobility limitation or chronic illness and wants to be more physically active in 2019, we have you covered! The “14 Weeks to a Healthier You” program is a FREE online exercise and nutrition program for people with disabilities. Sign up now and start moving more this year!…

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Equipment Donation Drives!

By Adam | October 19, 2018

RCIL serves as the Northeast Kansas access site for the Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) program and is holding equipment drives this month!  Can YOU help?  Do you have unneeded equipment taking up space? Did you know that your lightly used durable medical equipment can help a Kansan with a disability who needs assistive technology, but…

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Free program for a Healthier You!

By Mandy Smith | January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!  The National Center on Health and Physical Activity for People with Disabilities (NCHPAD) is offering a free web-based physical activity and nutrition program for Kansans with disabilities.  Read their flier or go to their website for more information about the program.      

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RCIL Expands Coverage Area for Older Blind Program

By Mandy Smith | August 9, 2017

The iKan-RCIL program started in August of 2010 and its purpose is to teach people who are blind/have low vision and are 55 years or older how to live as independently as possible. IKan-RCIL has been possible with contracts awarded from Kansas Rehabilitation Services (KRS) that allows funding for orientation and mobility training, assistive technology…

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Voter Registration Drive

By Mandy Smith | June 30, 2016

RCIL will be hosting a voter registration drive at each office (locations listed below) on July 11th from 8:00am-3:00pm. The primary election is on August 2nd and in order to vote you must be registered with correct documentation by July 12th.   Independent Living Specialists and other staff will be available on July 11th to help with…

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KEE Equipment Drive June 4th

By Mandy Smith | June 1, 2016

Kansas Equipment Exchange (KEE) in cooperation with Kansas Medicaid and other agencies accept wheelchairs, hospital beds and other durable medical equipment (DME) that are no longer being used.  KEE refurbishes and makes these items available for other Kansans at NO CHARGE. KEE assists Kansans in obtaining affordable durable medical equipment. RCIL is one of the five KEE access sites and covers 13…

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Ms. Wheelchair Kansas searching for contestants

By Mandy Smith | December 3, 2015

Ms. Wheelchair Kansas is currently searching for women to participate in their 2016 event to be held March 11-13 in Topeka. Contestants can be nominated by a person or group or can choose to participate in the program. Are you a woman of achievement who is wheelchair mobile? Would you like to share your voice with the…

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KanCare HCBS Waiver Integration Information and Comment Tour

By Mandy Smith | October 29, 2015

KDADS is hosting a “KanCare HCBS Waiver Integration Information and Comment Tour” and are encouraging consumers and their families to attend.  All locations will feature meetings at 1:30pm-3:30pm for providers and 5:30pm-7:30pm for consumers and families. Topeka Tuesday, Nov. 10th Capitol Plaza Hotel 1717 SW Topeka Blvd Wichita Thursday, Nov. 12th Doubletree Wichita Airport 2098…

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Disability Pride Parade in New York

By Mandy Smith | July 14, 2015

Please follow the links below to read articles on the first New York City Disability Pride Parade!   http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-yorks-first-disability-pride-parade-1436749600 http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-disability-pride-parade-brings-thousands-broadway-article-1.2290307 http://nypost.com/2015/07/12/inaugural-disability-pride-parade-draws-thousands/  

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Transitional Living Specialists Needed

By Mandy Smith | January 1, 2015

Do you want to help others? Are you looking for rewarding work with a flexible schedule and great hourly pay?  Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) is seeking to hire patient, and caring Transitional Living Specialists, committed to creative problem solving and overcoming barriers,  to work one-on-one with individuals in their homes who have…

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Consumer Christmas Parties

By Mandy Smith | December 12, 2014

It’s that time of year again!  The holidays are around the corner.  Everyone is busy preparing their delicious foods and buying gifts to give their family and friends.  Other annual events include the RCIL consumer Christmas parties! The Christmas parties are being held in-conjunction with the December RCIL Friends meetings.  There will be fun activities…

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HCBS Program Update Meetings

By Mandy Smith | November 5, 2014

KDADS will be hosting information sessions to provide you with program updates in response to the Federal rules shared with consumers at the last public information sessions. The program updates impact the following programs: Autism, Frail Elderly, Intellectual/Developmental Disability, Physically Disabled, Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), Traumatic Brain Injury, and Technology Assisted. The sessions will provide…

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Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

By Mandy Smith | August 27, 2014

Who is always looking for something exciting to do on the weekends?  September 6th starting at 3:00pm in Manhattan you could enjoy watching the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team!  All games will be held at Kansas State University’s Tointon Stadium and admission is free.  The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will be playing against Fort…

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iKan-RCIL Presentation in Chase County

By Mandy Smith | April 15, 2014

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…

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Health Homes Consumer Tour

By Mandy Smith | February 12, 2014

The Health Homes Consumer Tour is coming to a city near you! Health Homes will start in Kansas July 1, 2014. If you have questions about Health Homes and what they mean for your health, these meetings are for you! The meetings are free and you will learn about Health Homes in Kansas. Are these…

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Going Places

By Mandy Smith | October 30, 2013

I read a story by Dr. Chris Kuell this week and I pulled this quote from it… “My cane does announce to the world that I’m blind, but I’m okay with that. It only symbolizes inferiority in the hands of those who don’t have the skills and confidence to use it properly. When I’m walking…

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KanCare Tour

By Mandy Smith | May 10, 2013

KanCare wants your thoughts on their program that was started January 1, 2013.  There will be two meetings on the same day in each of the city they visit. Meetings will be in the afternoon and evening. You can come anytime between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM for the afternoon meeting and anytime between 6:00 PM…

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iKan-RCIL Older Blind Project

By Mandy Smith | April 23, 2013

RCIL was awarded part of the grant from Kansas Rehabilitation and Services (KRS) to serve individuals who are 55 years and older and are blind or have low vision.  RCIL has been serving this population since August of 2010 with the PILR/RCIL/SKIL consortium that was also funded by a grant from KRS.  This time, however,…

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Angel Shaver Crowned Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2013

By Mandy Smith | March 18, 2013

The Miss Wheelchair Kansas event was held at Capitol Plaza Sunday. The program annually selects one woman  who is wheelchair mobile, to successfully empower people at a state level. Angel Shaver, 38, of  Wakeeny, Kansas was crowned as the winner. She suffers from nerve damage and traumatic brain injury from a car accident. She overcame…

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Ms. Wheelchair Kansas Crowing Ceremony

By Mandy Smith | March 13, 2013

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Invisible Disabilities

By Mandy Smith | March 6, 2013

If you can’t see it, it’s not real.  Right?  But we don’t see the air that we can feel in our lungs.  We don’t see the wind that we can feel on our skin and blow our hair.  And the same goes for people with disabilities that we (society) can’t see, they can feel them and…

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Vision Awareness Days

By Mandy Smith | January 29, 2013

Assistive Technology for Kansans, RCIL and Freedom Scientific are hosting Vision Awareness Days where individuals can learn more about living with vision loss.  The event will be held on February 6th from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Topeka Public Library Aud. 101 B. This event will include free learning sessions, free lunch and hands-on demonstrations.  The learning…

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