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The new Delaware Valley Center for Independent Living in Horton, Kansas is currently seeking to fill the position for an Independent Living Services Support Receptionist. If you are looking for an opportunity to work in an exciting career with paid leave and health insurance benefits, contact Evan Korynta at 785-233-4572/1-800-443-2207.

If you would like to serve as a volunteer or board member for the Delaware Valley ILRC send an email of interest to Evan.

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KanCare payment delays threaten rural hospital

... At a recent legislative oversight hearing, officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said none of the three KanCare companies — Amerigroup, Sunflower State Health Plan and United HealthCare — had met contractual goals for timely claims payment in 2013. ...

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Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services

... In a coverage bulletin last month, CMS said that state Medicaid programs must cover a full range of autism services under the "early and periodic screening, diagnostic and treatment services" provision of the law. The EPSDT benefit, as it’s called, covers any services that are medically necessary to correct or ameliorate physical or behavioral conditions in children up to age 21. ...

Read the full story on our Benefits News page

BVA Members Receive Currency Readers from BEP at Convention

... As part of its launch of the U.S. Currency Reader Program, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) distributed currency reader devices ... to eligible Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) members attending the annual summer convention ...

... “We are excited to get currency readers in the hands of BVA convention attendees as part of the BEP’s launch of the U.S. Currency Reader Program,” said Dawn Haley, Senior Advisor to the BEP’s Director. Currency reader devices were also distributed to American Council of the Blind and National Federal of the Blind eligible convention participants in July. ...

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New to the TILRC Website:

Outdoor Developed Areas: A Summary of Accessibility Standards for Federal Outdoor Developed Areas - This publication by the Access Board is designed to provide guideance in the construction or alteration of trails, picnic and camping facilities, viewing areas, and beach access routes. is a new platform to share information and resources regarding the new Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) rule and stay informed about steps each state is taking to comply with the new rule. It includes news and documents from states, advocacy resources, comment deadlines, and links to the final rule and official guidance.

Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness, This report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) examines the reasons behind the abysmally low employment rate for individuals with mental illness and offers recommendations to remedy the problem.


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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LEAD Center Webinars

Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: Lessons Learned from Employers, August 27, 2014, 2-3:30pm CDT

Southeast ADA Center "ADA Live!" Radio Show

Episode 12: Web Accessibility, September 03, 2014, Noon-12:30pm CT - Discover the "big picture" of what accessibility is, why accessibility is important, and the tools and resources to get you started on the path to a making an accessible website for you and all your visitors.

AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Open Question and Answer Session, September 04, 2014, 1:30-3pm CDT - Back by popular demand! Accessibility specialists and information technology specialists from the Access Board are available to answer your questions during this session.

Emergency Management and Preparedness Webinar Series

Registries: Its not about the List!, September 11, 2014, 1-2:30pm CDT

WISE Webinar Series

Ticket to Work for People Who Have a Mental Illness: Support on Your Journey to Employment, September 17, 2014, 2-3:30pm CT

ADA Legal Issues Webinar Series

Websites and the ADA: Accessibility in the Digital Age, September 22, 2014, 1-2:30pm CDT

ADA Accessible Technology Webinar Series

Android is Accessible. Really., September 25, 2014, 1pm CT

National Spinal Cord Injury Association Webinars

Service Animals and You, October 15, 2014, 2-3pm CDT


University of Colorado at Boulder Research Study on Employment Experiences of Blind and Visually Impaired Americans - We are looking for legally blind adults over the age of 18 who live in the United States and who are currently seeking employment, as well as high school and college seniors and graduate students who plan to graduate by December 2014, to participate in our study. In exchange for your participation, you will receive three $10 gift certificates to a merchant of your choice (either , , Olive Garden Restaurant, or AMC Theaters), one for each phase of the study. For more information email

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

Survey of Cognitive Disability and Technology - The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation (RERC-ACT) and its partner Beneficial Designs are conducting a survey to gather stakeholder feedback on what makes technology difficult or easy for people with cognitive disabilities to use. People with expertise in cognitive disabilities, including caretaking or research, may take the survey online. Individuals with cognitive disabilities are invited to schedule a structured telephone interview about their technology use and opinions by contacting Seanna Kringen at 831/685-4798 or

New Mobility Airline Accessibility Survey - We’ve seen the stories about wheelchair users being mistreated by TSA agents or forced to crawl across the tarmac. Is this typical, or are these incidents few and far between? Are some airlines better than others for wheelchair users? And how often is equipment damaged or destroyed by airlines? Please take our short survey so that together we can explore the state of air travel for wheelchair users today — and how it can be improved.

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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