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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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Students audit Topeka Zoo accessibility

The Topeka Zoo received it’s first American’s with Disabilities Act audit in more than five years, but this inspection was different.

Students, ages 14 to 18, from the Topeka Independent Living’s George Wolf Youth Interns visited the zoo during their six week summer program. Friday they presented their findings about how the zoo could be more welcoming to those with disabilities. ...

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

Workplaces Can Be Particularly Stressful For Disabled Americans, Poll Finds

... More than 4 in 10 working Americans say their job affects their overall health, with stress being cited most often as having a negative impact. ...

... While it may not sound so surprising that work affects health, when we looked more closely, we found one group was particularly affected by stress on the job: the disabled. ...

Read the full story on our Employment News page

Ride Topeka Metro FREE After 5 during July!

... "Hop on board to run some errands, meet up with someone for dinner, or go get an ice cream cone. Now is the perfect time to try out transit, and an opportunity to visit places around the city before the sun goes down," said Susan Duffy, Topeka Metro General Manager. ...

Read the full story on our Transportation News page

New to the TILRC Website:

ADA Checklist for Polling Places (PDF) - this updated technical assistance publication on polling place accessibility for voters with disabilities from the Department of Justice includes a survey to guide election officials in evaluating the accessibility of facilities used or being considered for use as polling places.

Parenting with a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit - This toolkit provides a summary of disability laws that protect families’ rights. Inside of the toolkit, you will find information on topics like adoption, custody, visitation, family law, and the child welfare system. We have also shared parts of NCD’s report, Rocking the Cradle, with stories from parents who have been treated unfairly because of their disabilities.

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)


LET US HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR INDEPENDENT LIVING GOALS!

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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ONLINE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

ADA Audio Conference Series

ADA Anniversary Update: Celebrating 26 Years, July 19, 2016, 1pm CT


ADA Legal Webinar Series

Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Pets and The Law, July 20, 2016, 1pm CT


PEAT Webinars

PEAT Talks: The ADA and Accessible Workplace Technology, July 21, 2016, 1-1:30pm CDT


Accessible Technology Webinar Series

Real Life Accessibility: Software versus Disability-Based UX Testing, July 21, 2016, 1-2:30pm CT


Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) Webinars

Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations: Support on Your Journey to Employment, July 27, 2016,2-3:30 CT


Accessibility Online Webinars

Accessible Office Spaces & Interior Design, July 28, 2016, 1:30pm CT


POLICYMAKERS/RESEARCHERS NEED YOUR INPUT:

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 AirAccess30.org 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 emergencyprepstudy@gmail.com 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.

ACTIVITY CODES FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANT SERVICES (T1019) IN THE MR/DD WAIVER AND PERSONAL SERVICES (S5126) IN THE PD AND TBI WAIVERS, (PDF Format) (Word Format)


ACTIVITY CODES FOR ATTENDANT CARE SERVICES LEVEL I, LEVEL II, AND SELF-DIRECTED IN THE FRAIL ELDERLY WAIVER, (PDF Format) (Word Format)

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