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Expand KanCare Community Forum

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Marvin Auditorium 101B
1515 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas

The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is planning community events across Kansas to learn about what KanCare expansion would mean to Kansans. If you plan to attend the Topeka meeting please RSVP to

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Medicare Open Enrollment, Oct. 15th - Dec. 7th!

Now is the time to compare Part D Prescription Drug Plans and see if you want to switch plans to get a better deal.

If you want help comparing plans or enrolling in a new plan call TILRC's SHICK Counselor Kevin Siek at

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Disability Rights are Civil Rights

The Disability Integration Act, S2427

The Disability Integration Act (DIA) is civil rights legislation, introduced by Senator Schumer to address the fundamental issue that people who need Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are forced into institutions and losing their basic civil rights. The legislation (S.2427) builds on the 25 years of work that TILRC and many other disability rights advocates have done to end the institutional bias and provide seniors and people with disabilities home and community-based services (HCBS) as an alternative to institutionalization. The DIA will fulfill the Community Integration mandate of the ADA by creating a civil right to home and community-based services and supports (HCBS) as an alternative to institutions!


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The Futures 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a guide for transportation decisions made for Topeka and a surrounding portion of Shawnee County. Updated every five years, the plan identifies current and future year transportation recommendations for roadways, public transportation, non-motorized travel, aviation, and rail through the year 2040.

By sharing your input, you can help guide the future of the Topeka Metropolitan region.

4 Public Neighborhood Meetings Announced | Take an online survey | Share your ideas and comments on a interactive map


newspaper News of Interest

As Medicaid loses stigma, its fate rides on stormy election

Medicaid, long the stepchild of government health care programs, is finally coming into its own.

The federal-state program for low-income people has been scarcely debated in the turbulent presidential election, but it faces real consequences depending on who wins the White House in the Nov. 8 vote. ...

Read the full story on our Benefits News page

Kansas’ treatment of those with mental illness was a ‘study in neglect’ decades ago

... “Mental Health on Lockdown,” to be published over the next several days illustrates, many Kansans with mental illness continue to find themselves ensnared in a criminal justice system that is largely ill-equipped to provide them with the treatment that they need. ...

Read the full story on our State/Local Issues News page

Kansas assistance dogs change lives of both those who train them and those who get them

... With a $500,000 startup grant from the state of Kansas “and a group of kids that knew how to train dogs,” KSDS got its start. It now has puppy raisers in 15 states and has matched dogs with clients in 25 states. ...

Read the full story on our Health/Long-term Services News page

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Independent Living: Resources and Funding Strategies for Making Homes Accessible - This article from the MoneyGeek website provides an overview of how much some types of renovations cost, tips on where to find help to pay for remodeling projects and expert advice about what types of projects make sense. is a compendium of online information for deaf awareness, deaf culture and deaf resources

Disability Integration Act (S 2427) - This ground-breaking legislation will finally, truly support full implementation and compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ADA, Olmstead requirements that mandate effective home and community service and support alternatives to nursing facilities and other institutions. DIA requires both public and private providers of long term care to provide a home and community alternative to any institutional benefit. (DIA Summary)


If you are a TILRC consumer you may already know how we help people who want to transition from an institution, like a nursing facility, back into the community or how we help folks get the attendant care services they need through the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Programs, but you may not be aware of all the other ways we help people with disabilities maintain or increase their independence. Learn more about how our advocates can help you be more independent in many aspects of daily living.

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Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE) Webinars

Ticket to Work and Mentorship, October 26, 2016, 2-3:30PM

Accessibility Online Webinars

Accessible Residential Facilities – Advanced, November 03, 2016, 1:30pm CT - This session will focus on untangling the web of laws that address access to housing, including the Architectural Barriers Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

PEAT Webinars

Implementing Accessible Workplace Tech: Creating Accessible Tables for the Web, November 09, 2016, 1-2pm CDT

ADA Legal Webinar Series

Fair Housing and Access for People with Disabilities, November 16, 2016, 1pm CT

Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) Webinars

Tapping the Talents of Veterans with Disabilities: Steps to Success, November 17, 2016, Noon -1pm CT

Technology Webinar Series

Accessible IT – A status report on legal milestones, November 17, 2016, 1-2:30pm CT


Youth Organizing! Disabled & Proud's Voting Survey - YO! Disabled & Proud invites youth and young adults with disabilities, ages 18 - 28, to take part in their first ever voting survey specially for and by youth. This quick survey was created to increase understanding about the youth with disability vote. The survey findings will also be used to engage youth in organizing and planning youth-friendly voting activities & events.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) launched to collect stories from PVA members and the disability community about their air travel experiences. PVA is working with the broader disability community to bring attention to the successes and failures in air travel for passengers with disabilities. Please share your stories on the site and on social media with the hashtag #ACAA30.

Survey to Improve Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities - The Employment Systems Change Coalition is conducting this online surveyto obtain information and data to help improve the employment outcomes of Kansans with disabilities. The target age for respondents is 14-65. Deadlione for completing the survey is January 31st.

Transportation Access and Experiences Survey -This survey which is designed to improve understanding of accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. Responses to the survey will be used to make improvements at regional and national levels.

Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) Survey of User Needs (SUN) for Wireless Technology - The purpose of the SUN is to learn about how people with disabilities use this technology and why some people with disabilities don't use these products. This information is used to let designers know the needs of people of all ages and with all types of abilities, in order of make wireless products easier to use.

George Washington University Disability and Disasters Study - GWU is conducting research about how adults with physical disabilities think about and prepare for disasters. Email or call (202) 994-1887 for more information!

Crutch User Survey - Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) are looking into ways to improve walking assistance provided by walking crutches in a grant from the National Science Foundation. To help better guide this research and make future crutches more effective and usable, they are asking crutch users for their help in completing a short survey about crutch use.

United Spinal Association Medicare Beneficiary Wheelchair Repair Survey - This survey is being done to gather information on the ability of Medicare beneficiaries to get timely repairs to their wheelchairs. The results will be shared with Medicare officials and policymakers

Wireless RERC Survey on Emergency Communications & People with Disabilities - This survey by the Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center asks you to share some information about yourself, your experiences, and your preferences for communicating in emergencies. Your answers will be used to improve accessibility of emergency communications for people of all ages and abilities.

ITEM Coalition Survey on Access to Assistive Devices Under Medicare - The Independence Through Enhancement of Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition is surveying Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities and chronic conditions to assess their experience accessing the devices they need to function independently in everyday life. ITEM is interested in getting feedback from individuals who access medical device and assistive technology in areas where Medicare has implemented a selective provider contracting program known as the DME Competitive Bidding Program, and comparing that feedback to individuals who use devices outside of those areas.

SABE Self Determination Survey - Tell SABE if your local or statewide self advocacy organization's activities help its members to be more self-determined.

SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD! - Help eliminate the use of the R-word in everyday speech.



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