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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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States face big costs, coverage losses from Medicaid work requirements

Implementing Medicaid work requirements will be administratively cumbersome and costly, cause many people to lose coverage and drive up uncompensated care, according to a think tank report issued Wednesday.  ...

Read the full story on our Federal Issues News page

VA's Caregiver Program Still Dropping Veterans With Disabilities

... The Department of Veterans Affairs' Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers seemed a perfect fit for the Wilmots. It pays a stipend to family members or friends of a post-Sept. 11 veteran — often a wife or mother — who provide care. But after two years on the program, the Wilmots were dropped, even though they say George's condition hasn't improved. ...

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

Brain-injury therapy provider stunned by KanCare insurance company’s 28 percent rate cut

... The situation has drawn the attention of state legislators and advocacy groups keen to hold the insurance companies and state agencies accountable for KanCare.

“Amerigroup will be before the KanCare oversight committee at our next meeting, and you better believe I have questions,” said Sen. Vicki Schmidt, a Topeka Republican who chairs the Senate’s health committee. ...

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

New to the TILRC Website:

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

ILRU Webinars

Cross Disability Services: Serving Consumers with Mental Health / Substance Use Disabilities, May 24, 2018, 2 - 3:30pm CDT 


AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Accessible Airport Terminals, June 07, 2018, 1:30pm CDT - This session will review solutions to common access issues in airports.


WISE Webinar Series

Ticket to Work: Support on Your Journey to Financial Independence, June 27, 2018, 2-3:30pm


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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