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Pres. Bush signing the ADA

President George H. W. Bush signs the ADA into law
on July 26, 1990 with the words, "Let the shameful
wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down."

Join us for
TILRC’s ADA 24th Anniversary Celebration

July 25, 2014 | 11am – 1:30 pm
408 SW Jackson

Learn about exciting new legislation that will create a right to HCBS & end the waiting lists! See art created by our Youth Interns! Meet new friends & enjoy an indoor picnic lunch!

For more information contact Kim Dietrich or Nancy Scott at 233-4572.

Jobs ad clipart

The new Delaware Valley Center for Independent Living in Horton, Kansas is currently seeking to fill positions for an Independent Living Advocate and 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.

newspaper News of Interest

Bob Dole battles home-schoolers on disabilities treaty

... The treaty, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, was adopted in 2006 and signed by President Barack Obama in 2009. It’s modeled after the Americans with Disabilities Act: The goal is to help guarantee that people with disabilities can access education, jobs, health care and other opportunities afforded to countries’ mainstream populations. ...

Read the full story on our Civil Rights News page

Obama Signs Law Limiting Sheltered Workshop Eligibility

... The measure known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act significantly limits placements at sheltered workshops and other work environments where people with disabilities earn less than minimum wage. ...

Read the full story on our Employment News page

Advance voting in the primary election begins

Shawnee County Election Commissioner Andrew Howell would like to remind Shawnee County registered voters that beginning Monday, July 21st voters may vote in person in the Shawnee County Election Office for the 2014 Primary Election. The Election Office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located at 911 SW 37th Street in Topeka. ...

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

New to the TILRC Website:

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.

Raising Expectations is AARP's Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for People with Disabilities, including interactive data on state by state performance indicators.

Effective Communications for People with Disabilities: Before, During, and After Emergencies - This report by the National Council on Disability (NCD) identifies barriers, facilitators, and successful practices to providing effective emergency-related communications.


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


Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER)

Cancer and Employment Issues, July 23, 2014, 2-3pm CDT (Registration is limited and closes July 18)

National Spinal Cord Injury Association Webinars

Raising a Child with Special Needs: A Mother's Story, July 23, 2014, Noon-1pm CDT

Fight to Improve Wheelchair Access in NYC and Its National Implications, July 24, 2014, 2-3pm CDT

ADA Accessible Technology Webinar Series

High Quality Apps for Accessibility, July 24, 2014, 1pm CT

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series

Wireless Technology and 508, July 29, 2014, Noon-1:30pm

WISE Webinar Series

More Jobs for People with Disabilities: What New Regulations Can Mean for You, July 30, 2014, 2-3:30pm CT

LEAD Center Webinars

Customized Employment: Moving Beyond the Basics, July 30, 2014, 2-3:30pm CDT

Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) Webinars

Neighborhood Wayfinding: What you need to know to get involved!, August 06, 2014, 1-2:30 CDT

Southeast ADA Center "ADA Live!" Radio Show

Episode 11: Post-Secondary Education and Students with Disabilities recommended resources to get you started in learning more about higher education and students with disabilities., August 06, 2014, Noon-12:30pm CT

AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Accessible Routes - Advanced Session, August 07, 2014, 1:30-3pm CDT

Emergency Management and Preparedness Webinar Series

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


The Health Disparities Project at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability has done research to identify why access to health care and health outcomes differ among people with different types of disabilities. They are asking adults with disabilities to answer a brief health survey before the project releases its major findings in Washington, DC, this fall at the annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable meeting sponsored by the Disability Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) ( All individual survey results will be confidential and the aggregated results will inform our planning for presentations and discussion at the Roundtable. Please respond by July 25, 2014!

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

Transportation and Social Participation Survey - The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is conducting a survey of individuals with disabilities to understand the impact of access to transportation on social opportunities. The survey is open to individuals with disabilities as well as their advocates, and is available in English and Spanish. Results from this survey will be used to inform the training, materials, and telephone consultation services available from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center and other members of the ADA National Network. Participants will be eligible to win a $25 gift card. For questions, contact Keith Christensen at 435/797-0507

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.

Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire survey to improve scientific understanding of the health outcomes and health care needs of people with intellectual disabilities.

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.

PECS Survey for Parents of Children with Autism - This survey asks parents to describe their children's Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) training, their children's PECS use, and their own attitudes towards PECS.

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



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