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Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment
November 1st to December 15th

Compare 2016 plans & prices for Obamacare

For help with Medicare Open Enrollment in the Topeka area call
TILRC SHICK Counselor Kevin Siek at 233-4572.


Share the Warmth logo

29th Annual Share the Warth Coat Drive

Distribution Date: Saturday December 5th
9am - 3 pm

The Salvation Army
1320 SE 6th Avenue, Topeka 66607

No documentation required; one heavy coat per family member.

newspaper News of Interest

Navigators help Kansans with health insurance enrollment

Since enrollment opened Nov. 1 for 2016 health insurance in the federal marketplace, an effort called Cover Kansas has branched out across the state to help Kansans find a plan that best suits their needs. ...

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

Fewer Medicare-Subsidized Drug Plans Means Less Choice For Low-Income Seniors

... Even beneficiaries with drug plans that will continue to be premium-free next year may still want to switch, ...  Like anyone else shopping for Medicare drug coverage, they should make sure the new plan covers their medicine and check whether there are restrictions that can make it more difficult to get the drugs their doctors prescribed. They also should confirm what pharmacies are in the plan’s network. ...

Read the full story on our Benefits News page

GSA settles discrimination suit with blind contractors

Three blind federal contractors who sued the General Services Administration over a website that they said was not accessible to the visually impaired have settled with the agency. ...

... The site, which maintains contractor registration and requires annual renewal, did not work with screen reading software, creating a barrier that discriminated against the trio, their lawyers said. ...

Read the full story on our Civil Rights News page

New to the TILRC Website:

Self-Driving Cars: Mapping Access to a Technology Revolution - In this report the National Council on Disability (NCD) examines the challenges and advances associated with this revolution in transportation technology and proposes directions in research and development that will most benefit people with disabilities.

USDOT Americans with Disabilities Act: Guidance - This circular provides guidance to recipients and subrecipients of FTA financial assistance necessary to carry out provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s implementing regulations at 49 CFR Parts 27, 37, 38, and 39. The circular provides topically arranged explanations of the existing ADA requirements and information on implementing the requirements. - At you can explore accredited online schools by major, state or degree level to narrow the field and find a higher education option that fits. AccreditedSchoolsOnline has information of specific interest to students with disabilities, including students with visual impairments and students with hearing impairments.


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


CMS and the HHS Partnership Center Webinars on the Health Care Law

Health Insurance Options for Immigrant Families , December 01, 2015, 3pm CST

AccessibilityOnline Webinars

Accessible Museum Exhibits, December 03, 2015, 1:30-3pm CT

JAN Monthly Webcasts

Accommodation Deconstruction, December 08, 2015, 1pm CT

ADA Audio Conference Series

Open Dialogue with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, December 15, 2015, 1-2:30pm


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!

Kessler National Employment Survey - The Kessler Foundation, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire is conducting a national survey focusing on employment issues for working age adults with disabilities in order to understand the mechanisms by which individuals with disabilities strive to work and the challenges they face in doing so. The survey is open to individuals or family members of individuals who are employed or seeking employment.

Survey on Pregnancy among Women with Physical Disabilities - UMass Medical School is conducting this online survey to learn about the health care experiences of mothers with physical or mobility disabilities before, during, and after pregnancy. This survey is part of a research study.

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

Survey of Cognitive Disability and Technology - The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation (RERC-ACT) and its partner Beneficial Designs are conducting a survey to gather stakeholder feedback on what makes technology difficult or easy for people with cognitive disabilities to use. People with expertise in cognitive disabilities, including caretaking or research, may take the survey online. Individuals with cognitive disabilities are invited to schedule a structured telephone interview about their technology use and opinions by contacting Seanna Kringen at 831/685-4798 or

New Mobility Airline Accessibility Survey - We’ve seen the stories about wheelchair users being mistreated by TSA agents or forced to crawl across the tarmac. Is this typical, or are these incidents few and far between? Are some airlines better than others for wheelchair users? And how often is equipment damaged or destroyed by airlines? Please take our short survey so that together we can explore the state of air travel for wheelchair users today — and how it can be improved.

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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