RCIL’s Mandy Smith will be hosting the following events:

  • Low vision fair April 7th at the Parsons Public Library from 1:00-3:00pm
  • Low vision independent living classes April 23rd and 30th at the Riley County Senior Center in Manhattan from 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Low vision fair May 13th at the Marion Senior Center from 12:15pm-2:15pm

Please look for more information in the future or call Mandy at (785)528-3105 if you have questions.

Check out State Independent Living Council of Kansas’ annual report below.

SILCK Annual Report (PDF)

SILCK Annual Report (text only)

For questions or more information contact Kathy Cooper (785) 234-6990 or Kathy.cooper@silck.org

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

RCIL will host two independent living classes for people with vision loss in Pittsburg next month.  The first class with be November 1st and will cover self-care, transportation, cooking and shopping.  November 8th is the second class and reading, writing and over all assistive technology will be covered.  Both classes will run 1:00pm-3:00pm and will be held at the Via Christi Village (1502 E. Centennial Dr.).

For anyone who registers ahead of time and/or attends both days will be entered into a drawing for a prize.  To register or if you have questions contact Amanda Smith at (785) 528-3105 or amanda.smith@rcilinc.org.

Look for more information in the upcoming weeks for other locations that classes will be held.

Pittsburg November 2017

The Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas, Inc. will be hosting a public comment forum over the State Plan for Independent Living(SPIL) for FFY 2017 to FFY 2019 on March 30th from 10am to 12pm. This is an opportunity to gather input, share comments and ask questions on the proposed  SPIL.  The forum will be webcast using interactive technology to connect people in 13 communities throughout Kansas.
The webcast will originate from the conference room on the 2nd floor of the Tower at the SILCK office located at the Downtown Ramada, 420 SE 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66607.
The public may also attend the interactive webcast at any of the following locations:

Concordia
OCCK
1502 Lincoln St
Concordia, KS 66901 

Emporia
Resource Center for Independent Living
215 W. Sixth Ave., Suite 202
Emporia, KS 66801

Garden City
Families Together, Inc.
1518 Taylor Plaza
Garden City, KS 67846 

Hays
LINK
2401 E. 13th St
Hays, KS 67601 

Hutchinson
Prairie Independent Living Resource Center
17 S. Main St.
Hutchinson, KS 67501 

Kansas City
Coalition For Independence
626 Minnesota
Kansas City, KS 66101 

Lawrence
Independence Inc.
2001 Haskell Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66046 

Osage City
Resource Center for Independent Living
1137 Laing St.
Osage City, KS 66523 

Parsons
Southeast Kansas Independent Living
1801 Main
Parsons, KS 67357 

Salina
Independent Connection
1710 Schilling Rd
Salina, KS 67401 

Topeka
Topeka Independent Living Resource Center
501 SW Jackson, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603 

Wamego
Three Rivers
504 Miller Drive
Wamego, KS 66547 

Wichita
Independent Living Resource Center
3033 W. 2nd St
Wichita, KS 67203

The proposed State Plan for Independent Living will be available for review effective 2/22/16 at: http://silck.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/DRAFT-2-2017-19-SPIL.docx

Individuals who wish to submit comments in writing may do so no later than 4/21/16, using the following email address:  Kathy.Cooper@silck.org

For more information or to request accommodations, please contact Kathy Cooper, SILCK Executive Director at

785-234-6990 or email at Kathy.Cooper@silck.org  no later than noon 3/16/16.  All sites are accessible locations.