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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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TILRC 2014 Candidate Forum
October 8th | 1-3pm | Garfield Community Center (1600 NE Quincy)

Make Your Vote an Informed Vote! Find Out Where the Candidates Stand on the Issues that are Important to You!


Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Senior Fair - September 24th, 10am-1pm


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For Autistic Adults, Coverage Options Are Scarce

It’s getting easier for parents of young children with autism to get insurers to cover a pricey treatment called applied behavioral analysis. Once kids turn 21, however, it’s a different ballgame entirely. ...

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

Vote On UN Disability Treaty Blocked

An effort in the U.S. Senate to bring a vote on an international disability rights treaty has been squashed. ...

... Earlier this week, the United Nations announced that 150 countries have ratified the disability treaty. ...

Read the full story on our Civil Rights News page

KDADS analysis identifies 11 communities with greater mental health needs

A Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services official said Thursday that the agency has identified 11 communities that appear to be referring inordinate numbers of patients to the state hospitals for mentally ill or have above-average numbers of inmates in the state’s correctional systems who are known to be mentally ill. ...

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

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.

HCBSadvocacy.org 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.


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 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


AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Accessibility Standards - "Building Blocks" - A Refresher, October 02, 2014, 1:30-3pm CDT


National Spinal Cord Injury Association Webinars

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


WISE Webinar Series

Support Services for People Who Have a Disability and Are Ready to Work, October 22, 2014, 2-3:30pm CT


Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) Webinars

Lifts, Ramps and Securements: Common Issues and Best Practice Solutions, October 29, 2014, 1-2:30pm CDT


POLICYMAKERS/RESEARCHERS NEED YOUR INPUT:

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 Amazon.com , Itunes.com , Olive Garden Restaurant, or AMC Theaters), one for each phase of the study. For more information email Arielle.silverman@colorado.edu.

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 seanna@beneficialdesigns.com.

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.

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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