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TILRC George Wolf Youth Internship Program

We are currently seeking youth with and without disabilities ages 14 and 19 to participate in this exciting work opportunity. Spend the summer working with other kids your age while getting paid to help improve your community! Learn about disability rights and become part of the Independent Living Movement!

Applications will be accepted until May 25, 2018.

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Florida Moves to Shut Down For-Profit Residence After Finding Horrific Abuse and Neglect

After another patient died under suspicious circumstances and reports surfaced of more instances of abuse and neglect, Florida regulators moved this week to shutter a for-profit school and residential campus for children and adults with severe developmental disabilities. ...

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

Airbnb Adds Detailed Accessibility Filters to Search Engine

The vacation rental platform Airbnb has added new filters to its search engine designed to make it easier for people with mobility issues to find accommodations that suit their needs. ...

Read the full story on our Recreation, Travel and Entertainment News page

What’s New in Accessible Vehicles for 2018

With spring arriving in most of the northern hemisphere, people are putting away their winter gear and looking forward to getting outdoors and traveling to areas that might have been covered in snow a short time before. Many people also shop for new vehicles or make improvements to those they own at this time of year, but shopping for an accessible vehicle has changed over the last few years ...

Read the full story on our Transportation News page

New to the TILRC Website:

New Job Opening at TILRC for an Advocacy Support position!

Recognizing Elder Abuse and Knowing Your Rights - This guide is an informational resource on how to recognize and combat elder abuse from the National Council for Aging Care.

The Fully Accessible Guide to Home Loans for People with Disabilities - This guide offers a comprehensive overview of resources and opportunities that can help you overcome the financial challenges that stand between you and homeownership.

Disability Integration Act (S 910) - 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

AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Recreation Facilities – A Refresher, May 3, 2018, 1:30pm CDT - This session will provide a refresher on the requirements common to both the ADA and ABA for recreation facilities.


ILRU Webinars

State of Rural Housing Webinar, May 08, 2018, 1 - 3pm CDT - Join APRIL and ACL for a discussion on the state of rural housing. A lack of affordable, accessible, integrated housing is one of the top barriers to independent living and community participation that CIL’s identify. This call will be the first of a series of events to begin a process of unpacking these complicated issues surrounding housing and move forward as a community towards solution focused thinking. 


POLICYMAKERS/RESEARCHERS NEED YOUR INPUT:

The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is looking for adults with disabilities to complete an online survey about getting and using health insurance and health care services. Whether you have private insurance, insurance from an employer, Medicaid, Medicare or no insurance please complete the survey. Take the CHRIL Survey on Health Reform & Disability.

Topeka Metro is conducting an online survey to gather public feedback about the direction of future transit plans. This brief interactive survey asks Topekans to share their priorities for services, routes, bus stop improvements, bus stop accessibility, and technology. The survey also includes an interactive map where current bus stops needing attention can be chosen. The survey can be accessed at www.topekametro.org/survey.

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) is seeking responses from people with disabilities to its updated Survey of User Needs (SUN). The SUN is the Wireless RERC's cornerstone survey on wireless technology use by people with disabilities. User responses will help designers and engineers, as well as, the wireless industry, government regulators, and other researchers make wireless technology more accessible and useful to people with all types of disabilities. The survey is available at http://b.gatech.edu/2yvCHnz

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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