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For help in the Topeka area call
TILRC SHICK Counselor Kevin Siek at 233-4572.


newspaper News of Interest

State delays integration of Medicaid services

... Ami Hyten, assistant director of the Topeka Independent Living Center, said the Kansans with physical disabilities her organization serves wanted more specifics about what their services would look like after integration. ...

... She said a more measured approach by the state is “really the best option for all people involved.” ...

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

Congress and Obama Administration Seek Ways to Limit Increase in Medicare Premiums

... Premium increases could affect about 30 percent of the 51 million people enrolled in Part B of Medicare ...

... Medicare actuaries predicted in July that the standard premium for them would rise to $159 a month. The standard premium is now just under $105 a month ... They estimated that the deductible would rise to $223 next year, from $147 in 2015. ...

Read the full story on our Benefits News page

Federal Transit Administration Issues Guidance to Public Transportation Agencies on Implementing Americans with Disabilities Act

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today published detailed guidance to transit agencies on how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ... To enhance understanding of the Act, the new circular offers a user-friendly, one-stop resource on its requirements. ...

Read the full story on our Transportation News page

New to the TILRC Website: - At you can explore accredited online schools by major, state or degree level to narrow the field and find a higher education option that fits. AccreditedSchoolsOnline has information of specific interest to students with disabilities, including students with visual impairments and students with hearing impairments.

revalence of Disability and Disability Type Among Adults - United States, 2013; This report by the CDC presents the percentage of adults with any disability and with specific types of disabilities by state and key demographic characteristics (e.g., sex, age, race/ethnicity).

The Case for Inclusion 2015 - Since 2006, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has produced this annual, state-by-state ranking of how well state Medicaid programs serve Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). The Case for Inclusion ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) - not on their spending, but on their outcomes for Americans with ID/DD.


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


ADA Audio Conference Series

Media and Accessibility, October 20, 2015, 1-2:30pm

LEAD Center Webinars

Disability, Employment & Lane v. Brown, October 22, 2015, 2-3:30pm

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

Customized Employment for Transition-Age Youth with Physical Disabilities, October 29, 2015, 1pm CT

Accessible Technology Webinar Series

Social Media, Accessibility and Disability Inclusion, November 19, 2015, 1-2:30pm CT


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!

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.

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

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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