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Action Alert! The Kansas House will vote on the Restraint & Seclusion Bill (Sub. for HB 2170) this week!

Please Take Action Now at:!

This bill is a compromise policy, originally authored by staff at the KS Dept. of Education and is based on the recommendations of the U.S. Dept. of Education. It creates a consistent, uniform statewide policy that is clear and effective in order to protect both children and teachers. It is supported by 30 Kansas disability organizations.

The entrance to the Visitor center at the Kansas Statehouse is shown.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Day at the Capitol

March 04, 2015, 10am-2pm
Visitor Center of the Ks. State Capitol

Come show your support for the deaf and
hard of hearing at the Statehouse, hear
speakers on various issues and view
exhibits and presentation of resources
from more than 10 organizations.

For more information contact KCDHH at
785-368-8034 Voice and
785-246-5077 Videophone.

ADA 25th and TILRC 35th Anniversaries logo

TILRC Open House and ADA Legacy Tour
March 18, 2015

Join Us for a day of Education and Fun Celebrating a
Legacy of Disability Rights Advocacy and Activism!

Support Disability Rights Advocacy and Be an Event Sponsor!

For more information call Evan at 233-4572.


newspaper News of Interest

More than 2 million in Kansas, Missouri affected by Anthem cyberattack

... In Kansas, current and former Medicaid and CHIP recipients, as well as members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and other Blue organizations, were affected, according to the Kansas Insurance Department.

Separately, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said on Monday that nearly 165,000 state Medicaid and CHIP recipients were among those whose personal information may have been compromised. ...

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

Tax Time Reprieve For Obamacare Procrastinators

The Obama administration said Friday it will allow a special health law enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for consumers who realize while filling out their taxes that they owe a fee for not signing up for coverage last year.

The special enrollment period applies to people in the 37 states covered by the federal marketplace, though some state-run exchanges are also expected to follow suit. ...

Read the full story on our Federal Issues News page

Board Proposes Updated ICT Accessibility Requirements

... “The Board’s proposal is responsive to widespread changes and innovations in the IT and communication industries,” states Sachin Dev Pavithran, Vice Chair of the Access Board. “It is important that the 508 Standards and 255 Guidelines stay abreast of the ever-evolving technologies they cover so that accessibility for people with disabilities is properly addressed.” ...

Read the full story on our Technology News page

New to the TILRC Website:

Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities, February 2015 - This resource guide provides employers with plain language technical assistance tools in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format. The goal of this guide is to help employers implement commonsense solutions to ensure that people with disabilities, like all Americans, have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in good jobs and careers.

Securing the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability, January 29, 2015 - In this report, National Council on Disability examines the policies behind the SSDI and SSI programs in light of the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act and offers concrete policy recommendations. (Report in PDF format/in DOC format)

An Uneven Playing Field: The Lack of Equal Pay for People With Disabilities, This report by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) uses the latest U. S. Census data to examine the wage disparity between people with disabilities and their non-disabled peers and offers solutions to address the problem.


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


WISE Webinar Series

Ticket to Work: Support for People with Disabilities on the Journey to Financial Independence, February 25, 2015, 2-3:30pm CT

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities Webinars

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia: Experiences of a Family Advocate and Promising Practices, February 26, 2015, 2-3pm CST

JAN Monthly Webcasts

Time, Attendance, and Leave Issues, March 10, 2015, 1pm CST

JAN's Federal Employer Winter 2015 Webcast Series

Best Practices for Complying with Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act , March 11, 2015, 1pm CT

AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Open Q & A, March 05, 2015, 1:30-3pm CST, This is a regular session in our webinar series providing an opportunity to ask questions on any topic related to the Access Board's activities. Session participants are requested to submit questions in advance on the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard, the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard, Medical Diagnostic Equipment or other Board rulemakings or activities. Accessibility specialists will answer questions submitted in advance during the first half of the session, leaving time in the second half to answer questions in the live session.


New Mobility Magazine Survey on Longevity of Relationships - the results of this short, anonymous survey on relationships after disability will appear in the February issue.

Participants Wanted for Neurogenic Bladder Focus Groups - United Spinal is recruiting people living with spina bifida or spinal cord injury who use intermittent catheterization and experience urinary symptoms due to the loss of normal bladder function to participate in 1-hour focus groups. Those interested should contact Ceylan Hasan at 202-877-1591 or email

PEAT Online Job Applications Survey - PEAT is conducting a national survey about the accessibility of online job applications. This initiative will help us to better understand and document accessibility needs related to online job seeking and inform PEAT’s future efforts in this area.

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.

University of Colorado at Boulder Research Study on Employment Experiences of Blind and Visually Impaired Americans - We are looking for legally blind adults over the age of 18 who live in the United States and who are currently seeking employment, as well as high school and college seniors and graduate students who plan to graduate by December 2014, to participate in our study. In exchange for your participation, you will receive three $10 gift certificates to a merchant of your choice (either , , Olive Garden Restaurant, or AMC Theaters), one for each phase of the study. For more information email

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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