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KanCare Renewal Tour, May 24 - 26, 2016

Kansas is preparing to renew the KanCare Medicaid program and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) need your input and ideas about the renewal, and about potential changes that are being considered. Each location will include a 1:00-3:00pm session and a 5:30-7:30pm session. The same information and opportunity for feedback will be shared at each session.

Topeka Meetings, May 24th at the Ramada Hotel & Convention Center, 420 Southeast 6th Street

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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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Now accepting applications for

The 2016 George Wolf Summer Youth Internship Program

This is a competitive employment opportunity for youth ages 14 through 18.  While the program is targeted to students with disabilities, all interested students are invited and encouraged to apply. Interns will learn about the Independent Living Movement and actively participate in efforts toward equal treatment of people with disabilities in society.

Learn more about the program! | Download an application!

newspaper News of Interest

Few paper applications, long call wait times seen as barriers to applying for Medicaid in Kansas

... As Kansas continues to battle a backlog of Medicaid applications, advocates for the elderly and disabled say a second, less visible barrier has developed: simply applying for Medicaid has become more difficult. ...

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

Autism Can Be An Asset In The Workplace, Employers And Workers Find

... Getting past the obstacles of a conventional job search, however, can be hard. Last year, Autism Speaks launched, a website to match workers who have autism with prospective employers. ...

Read the full story on our Employment News page

Community Living Skeptics Often Have Change Of Heart

Despite initial opposition, a new study suggests that many families of those with disabilities required to transition from institutions to community living are ultimately pleased with the outcome. ...

... “Professionals may know the research and support the changes in practice and policy regarding deinstitutionalization, but families are often unaware and skeptical of community living. Family members need ongoing support as they adapt to community living and new service systems,” wrote Jennifer L. Jones and Kami L. Gallus of Oklahoma State in their findings. ...

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

New to the TILRC Website:

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.

Fulfilling the Dream: Aligning State Efforts to Implement Olmstead and End Chronic Homelessness - This document makes the case for greater state and local alignment of efforts to end chronic homelessness and efforts to comply with the community integration mandate under Title II of the ADA.

It also outlines ways that communities can achieve alignment by developing a local action plan that engages an array of community partners.

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)


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


Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) Webinars

Ticket to Work for People with a Mental Illness: Support on Their Journey to Employment, May 25, 2016, 2-3:30pm CT

Accessibility Online Webinars

Vertical Access, June 02, 2016, 1:30 CT

Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) Webinars

PEAT Talks: Social Media & Job Recruiting–Leveling the “Playing Fields”, June 16, 2016, 1-1:30pm CT

ADA Audio Conference Series

Rights of Veterans with Disabilities in Employment, Housing and Transportation, June 28, 2016, 1pm CT

Accessible Technology Webinar Series

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

ADA Legal Webinar Series

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


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 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 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.



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