The ECKAN Weatherization Assistance Program is accepting applications for individuals in Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Chase, Coffey, Douglas, Franklin, Greenwood, Johnson, Linn, Lyon, Miami, Morris, Osage, Woodson and Wyandotte counties.

Eligible individuals include home owners and renters that meet household income levels. If anyone in the household receives one or more of the following sources of income they will be automatically qualified for the program.

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Utility assistance from the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)

To apply or learn more information about the program, contact ECKAN at 785-242-6413 or visit their website at http://www.eckan.org/weatherization/.

The Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) is pleased to announce that it has received an $826 grant from the Kansas Health Foundation-El Dorado Fund through the El Dorado Community Foundation affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation. The organization will use the funds for Resource Library Technology Improvements at the El Dorado RCIL office.

RCIL has a Resource Library in its El Dorado office that is available for use by individuals with disabilities. The Resource Library has printed materials on disability related topics and a telephone that consumers can use to schedule medical appointments, communicate with other providers and complete vocational/educational searches. The funding will be used to purchase a computer as an additional tool for individuals to utilize to complete vocational/educational searches, learn computer skills, and research additional programs and services. RCIL served 1,750 individuals in Kansas from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018 statewide.

“RCIL is grateful for the funds it received to purchase a new computer for our resource library located in our El Dorado office”, said Deone Wilson, Executive Director. The computer is available to local community members with disabilities during the hours the office is open to the public

RCIL is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to working with individuals, families and communities to promote independent living and individual choice to persons with disabilities. Headquartered in Osage City, RCIL has 5 locations in cities all across Eastern Kansas. Current RCIL programs include the five “core services” of all Kansas Centers for Independent Living, which are Information and Referral Service; Advocacy; Independent Living Skills Training; Peer Support Services; and Transition Services. In addition, RCIL also provides Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) through various Medicaid waiver programs.

El Dorado Community Foundation (ECF) mission is “to assist the community in making charitable dreams a reality.” The purpose of ECF is to bring together individuals, groups and organizations which have needs with those who have the resources or leadership abilities to assist in meeting those needs. https://centralkansascf.org/affiliate-foundations/el-dorado-community-foundation/.

Central Kansas Community Foundation mission is “Building Stronger Communities Through Charitable Giving.” Founded in 1995 Central Kansas Community Foundation based in Newton, Kansas is an intermediary between donors and charities, the community foundation helps donors establish funds that financially support meaningful, charitable programs and services in their community. Central Kansas Community Foundation also host numerous affiliate community foundations throughout Central Kansas. www.centralkansascf.org

AT&T is offering low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying households with at least one resident who participates in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and with an address in AT&T’s 21-state service area, which includes both Kansas and Missouri!

Internet plans range from $5 – $10 per month.

Click here to find rates, look-up an address, apply for program participation, and to enroll!

Please take a few moments to review this message from the Kansas Disability Rights Center:  “The Disability Rights Center (DRC) of Kansas is our State’s Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities. DRC Kansas provides advocacy services and legal representation at no charge in certain disability cases where the civil or legal rights of people with disabilities are violated. We help people with disabilities enforce the provisions of many federal and state disability rights laws.

People with disabilities in Kansas face many barriers to full equality and justice. However, DRC Kansas does not have the resources necessary to tackle all of the issues facing people with disabilities at one time. That is why we create Priorities and Objectives, which provides the structure for how we spend our limited resources.

DRC Kansas must ensure we focus our limited resources on the issues that members of the disability community believe are important. We are asking you to complete this survey because your input will help us make better decisions about our work in the coming fiscal year.

Please complete this survey by August 31, 2019. Also, please share the link to this survey with your friends, family, and anyone who cares about people with disabilities.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/drcsurvey2020

If you need a disability accommodation to complete this survey, call 877-776-1541 or email info@drckansas.org. If you would rather complete the survey in written form, call 877-776-1541 and ask our receptionist to mail a copy of the survey to you.

If you wish to sign up to make in person, public comment on the 2020 Priorities session to be held on September 27, 2019, at 12:00 pm at the Disability Rights Center of Kansas office at 214 SW 6th Ave, Suite 100 Topeka, KS 66603, please email info@drckansas.org or call 877-776-1541 by no later than September 13, 2019, to sign up to be added to the agenda.”

Are you, or is someone you know an individual living with a disability who is passionate about working with young people? If so, please apply! DC Design is currently recruiting Project Partners for the 2019 Design the Future program at University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS): July 29-August 3, and August 5-10!  A program overview can be watched here and more information and applications can be found at: youdesignthefuture.com

apply to be a design partner with design the future today at youdesignthefuture.com when & where: university of kansas july 29 - aug 3 and aug 5-10th, 2019