Topeka Independent Living Resource Center

... for a fully integrated and accessible society for all people with disabilities ...

What can we do for you?

Who are we? | What do we do? | What's happening? | Read the We The People Newsletter!

Benefits | Civil Rights | Education | Employment | Federal Issues | Health/Long-term Services | Housing | Recreation/Travel/Entertainment | State/Local Issues | Technology | Transportation | News Index | Publications Index

KanCare Expansion Rally and Press Conference Set for May 9th

A rally and press conference by the Alliance for a Healthy Kansas and its members is planned for May 9th from 1:30 – 2:00 the Kansas Statehouse, Room 582-N to kick off a statewide grassroots campaign in support of KanCare expansion. The campaign will help organize voters and leaders in communities across the state to help elected officials see that a large majority of their constituents support KanCare expansion.


DIA Logo
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!


Silhouettes of youth, some with various disabilities

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

Senate health negotiators focus on step therapy, welfare reform bills

... Rep. Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat, said he wants protections added to the bill to ensure that people with psychiatric conditions, HIV and certain chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis receive the specialized drug therapies they need.

Language allowing physicians to bypass the step requirements when they think longs periods of trial and error could endanger a patient also should be added to the bill, Ward said. ...

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

Scammers offering to help with disability applications

Scammers are trying to get personal information from people by pretending to help with applications for disability benefits and claims. A recent alert from the Social Security Inspector General warns of this phishing scam, and — whether or not you’ve started an application for benefits — these scammers could contact you. ...

Read the full story on our Benefits News page

HUD files housing discrimination charge after Kansas woman told to move to housing 'designed for handicapped persons'

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced ... it is charging landlords in Beloit, Kansas with violating the Fair Housing Act after allegedly discriminating against a female tenant with disabilities by not renewing her lease, sending her a notice containing discriminatory statements about her disability, and retaliating against her for filing a previous fair housing complaint. ...

Read the full story on our Housing News page

New to the TILRC Website:

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.

Best Practices and Guidelines for Large Print Documents used by the Low Vision Community by the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI) - The CCLVI is an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. They created this document to provide best practices and guidelines for large print documents which were compiled by persons with low vision to assist in the production of the large print documents that they, themselves read.

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


CROWD Pelvic Health Initiative for Women with Disabilities Webinar Series

Bladder and Bowel Issues That Affect Sexuality, May 04, 2016, 1pm CST

Accessibility Online Webinars

Accessible Pedestrian Signals, May 05, 2016, 1:30 CT

ADA Legal Webinar Series

Higher Education and the ADA, May 18, 2016, 1pm CT

Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) Webinars

Sharing Success from the WWW+W4A Accessibility Hackathon, May 19, 2016, 1-1:30pm - During this special installment of our monthly speaker series, the winners of the WWW+W4A Accessibility Hackathon will present their innovations to help us mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) Webinars

Ticket to Work: Choosing a Service Provider That's Right for You, April 27, 2016, 2-3:30pm CT

Accessible Technology Webinar Series

The Importance of Accessibility in Disability Employment, May 19, 2016, 1-2:30pm CT

ADA Audio Conference Series

Rights of Veterans with Disabilities in Employment, Housing and Transportation, June 28, 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.



Benefits | Civil Rights | Education | Employment | Federal Issues | Health/Long-term Services | Housing | Recreation/Travel/Entertainment | State/Local Issues | Technology | Transportation | News Index | Publications Index| Top