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TILRC 2016 Candidates Forum

October 5, 2016 | 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Garfield Shelter House, 1600 N.E. Quincy St.

Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd District & Kansas Legislature candidates for Shawnee County districts have been invited to participate. Voter registration available. Light refreshments provided.

If you plan to come to the forum, please call Evan by Sept. 27th at 233-4572.


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Disability Rights are Civil Rights

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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The Futures 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is a guide for transportation decisions made for Topeka and a surrounding portion of Shawnee County. Updated every five years, the plan identifies current and future year transportation recommendations for roadways, public transportation, non-motorized travel, aviation, and rail through the year 2040.

By sharing your input, you can help guide the future of the Topeka Metropolitan region.

Take an online survey | Share your ideas and comments on a interactive map

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Adding Up the Clinton and Trump Health-Reform Proposals

If Democrats keep the White House come November, millions of Americans could gain health-care coverage. If Republicans take it back, millions could become uninsured. A new study ran the numbers under the proposals of both U.S. presidential candidates. ...

Read the full story on our Federal Issues News page

Legislative auditors can’t confirm Medicaid backlog numbers

... Applications have been backlogged for about a year following the rocky rollout of a new computer system, an administrative decision that funneled all applications through a single state agency and a larger-than-expected influx of applications during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period. ...

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

Eligible but got nothing: Hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities blocked from college aid

... More than 800,000 people with disabilities found eligible for services received no assistance between 2010 and 2014, according to federal data. More than a dozen states failed to provide services to over 40 percent of those they themselves deemed eligible. And many more states have left people in limbo for months, despite laws that expressly forbid that. ...

... This despite $3 billion in tax dollars spent last year by the agencies responsible, known as Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) offices. ...

Read the full story on our Education News page

New to the TILRC Website:

ADA Checklist for Polling Places (PDF) - this updated technical assistance publication on polling place accessibility for voters with disabilities from the Department of Justice includes a survey to guide election officials in evaluating the accessibility of facilities used or being considered for use as polling places.

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.

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)


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

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series

Introduction to the three A’s: Accessibility, Assistive Technology and Accommodation, September 27, 2016, 1pm CT


ADA Audio Conference Series

Rights of Air Travelers with Disabilities and the Air Carriers Access Act, September 27, 2016, 1pm CT


Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE) Webinars

Preventing and Managing Overpayments: A Webinar for Social Security Beneficiaries, September 28, 2016, 2-3:30PM


Accessibility Online Webinars

Accessible Signage (A refresher), October 06, 2016, 1:30pm CT - This session will provide a refresher on requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards for signs.


PEAT Webinars

PEAT Talks: Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month, October 20, 2016, 1-1:30pm CDT


Technology Webinar Series

Accessible IT – A status report on legal milestones, November 17, 2016, 1-2:30pm CT


POLICYMAKERS/RESEARCHERS NEED YOUR INPUT:

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 AirAccess30.org 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 emergencyprepstudy@gmail.com 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.

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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