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Now accepting applications for the 2015 TILRC George Wolf Youth Internship Program

June 22 through July 31, 2015

(Download an application - Deadline is May 29, 2015)

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TILRC Recreation Committee 2015 Events

The next outing is scheduled for
May 29th, 9 -11 a.m. at Gage Park Pond (on SW Westlake Court)

Free bus and LIFT passes are available. We provide the group fishing license, tackle and bait. Snacks provided! Please RSVP with Evan at 233-4572.

newspaper News of Interest

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug Costs

... The standard economic principle that more choices will drive down prices doesn't always apply in the topsy-turvy world of drug economics, especially in the United States.

"We pay more, substantially more, than what is paid in Canada, Australia and the U.K., often two to three times more than what those countries are able to negotiate directly" ...

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

Medicaid expansion discussion in Kansas has a new twist

Some legislators are considering the possibility of eliminating the state’s earned income tax credit in exchange for expanding its Medicaid program. ...

... In Kansas, the state’s earned income tax credit is 17 percent of the federal tax credit for low- and modest-income workers. ...

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

HUD announces agreement with Anchorage, Alaska, to lift housing restrictions for people with disabilities

... In May 2014, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity filed a fair housing complaint alleging that Anchorage discriminated against persons with disabilities.  The complaint alleged that the municipal code excluded certain housing for persons with disabilities from some residential districts, and required group homes for persons with disabilities to comply with extra procedures and pay fees that were not imposed on residences for persons who do not have disabilities. ...

Read the full story on our Housing News page

New to the TILRC Website:

Transportation Update: Where We've Gone and What We've Learned, National Council on Disability, May 04, 2015 - this comprehensive assessment surface transportation for people with disabilities outlines both the progress made in the last decade and details the persistent barriers that remain. (report in PDF format & DOC format)

The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs – a comprehensive resource guide and report that can be used as a tool to chart a child’s transition into adulthood. It gives an overview of what lies ahead and a detailed list of resources for where to go for support.

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities, February 2015 - This resource guide provides employers with plain language technical assistance tools in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format. The goal of this guide is to help employers implement commonsense solutions to ensure that people with disabilities, like all Americans, have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in good jobs and careers.


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.

Job Openings


WISE Webinar Series

Ticket to Work for People Who Have a Mental Illness: Support on Your Journey to Employment, May 27, 2015, 2-3:30pm CT

AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Access Board Sponsored Research Projects, June 04, 2015, 12:30-2pm CST

ADA Legal Webinar Series

The Most Important Cases Since the ADA Was Passed 25 Years Ago, July 09, 2015, 9am CT

ADA Audio Conference Series

Cognitive Innovations to promote independence in the home and in the Community, June 16, 2015, 1-2:30pm CT

Accessible Technology Webinar Series

Turning Text Into Speech: Real World Applications and Examples, June 16, 2015, 1-2:30pm CT

JAN Monthly Webcasts

ADA Update, July 14, 2015, 1-2pm CT

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) Webinars

Identifying What People with Physical Disabilities Want and Need to Know About Employment, July 30, 2015, 1pm CT


Kessler National Employment Survey - The Kessler Foundation, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire is conducting a national survey focusing on employment issues for working age adults with disabilities in order to understand the mechanisms by which individuals with disabilities strive to work and the challenges they face in doing so. The survey is open to individuals or family members of individuals who are employed or seeking employment.

Survey on Pregnancy among Women with Physical Disabilities - UMass Medical School is conducting this online survey to learn about the health care experiences of mothers with physical or mobility disabilities before, during, and after pregnancy. This survey is part of a research study.

Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-Secondary Education (QIAT-PS) Survey on Assistive Technology Use - this brief survey is designed to gather information on young adults with disabilities who are currently or recently in post secondary settings experiences using Assisitve Technology.

Participants Wanted for Neurogenic Bladder Focus Groups - United Spinal is recruiting people living with spina bifida or spinal cord injury who use intermittent catheterization and experience urinary symptoms due to the loss of normal bladder function to participate in 1-hour focus groups. Those interested should contact Ceylan Hasan at 202-877-1591 or email

PEAT Online Job Applications Survey - PEAT is conducting a national survey about the accessibility of online job applications. This initiative will help us to better understand and document accessibility needs related to online job seeking and inform PEAT’s future efforts in this area.

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.

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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