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Delaware Valley CIL in Horton, Kansas is still seeking to fill the position for an Independent Living Services Support Receptionist. If you are looking for an opportunity to work in an exciting career with paid leave and health insurance benefits, contact Evan Korynta at 785-233-4572/1-800-443-2207.

If you would like to serve as a volunteer or board member for the Delaware Valley CIL send an email of interest to Evan.


The Medicare Open Enrollment Period for Part D Drug
Plans and Medicare Advantage Ends December 7th!

TILRC has a trained SHICK Counselor on staff to help you with
Open Enrollment. For assistance call 233-4572 and ask for Kevin.


newspaper News of Interest

Disabilities leader to receive 2014 Dole Leadership Prize

The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced that it will honor John Kemp of The Viscardi Center with the 2014 Dole Leadership Prize. ...

... “As a wounded veteran and tireless advocate for disability rights, Senator Dole has taken a personal interest in Mr. Kemp’s outstanding service to the disabilities community. Mr. Kemp couldn’t be more deserving,” said Dole Institute director Bill Lacy. “Additionally, this year’s prize is a fitting introduction to the upcoming 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which we will begin commemorating this summer.” ...

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

Justice Department Enters into a Settlement Agreement with Peapod to Ensure that Peapod Grocery Delivery Website is Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities

... Peapod is America’s leading Internet grocer, delivering more than 23 million orders in 12 Midwest and East Coast states and the District of Columbia.  The agreement resolves the department’s allegations that is not accessible to some individuals with disabilities, including individuals who are blind or have low vision, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and individuals who have physical disabilities affecting manual dexterity. ...

Read the full story on our Civil Rights News page

How The Health Law Is Using Medicare To Improve Hospital Quality

Among the tools: penalties for admitting patients too soon after they were discharged and a focus on reducing hospital-acquired infections. KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey and Jordan Rau discuss ...

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

New to the TILRC Website:

National Disability Policy: A Progress Report, October 2014 - The NCD 2014 Progress Report identifies opportunities to promote public policies that contribute to a more inclusive environment. is a comprehensive Web portal for ODEP's Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT). The website's content aims to help employers and the technology industry adopt accessible technology as part of everyday business practice so that all workers can benefit.

The Americans with Disabilities Act & Other Federal Laws Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities - This publication provides technical assistance on federal laws that protect the rights of voters with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act and the Help America Vote Act.


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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National Spinal Cord Injury Association Webinars

Veterans Disability Compensation Appeals, November 20, 2014, 2-3pm CST

ADA Accessible Technology Webinar Series

Accessibility anywhere almost, CART and captioning for web based applications, November 20, 2014, 1pm CT

HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center Webinar

Determined to Succeed: Preparing for Postsecondary Education and Employment, December 2, 2014, 1-3pm CT

AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Accessible Emergency Transportable Housing, December 04, 2014, 1:30-3pm CST

ADA Audio Conference Series

Accommodating Persons with Environmental Sensitivities: Challenges and Solutions, December 16, 2014, 1pm CT

Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) Webinars

Using 5310 Funds to Enhance Service: Best Practices & Success Stories, December 17, 2014, 1-2:30pm CST

WISE Webinar Series

Celebrating 15 Years of Ticket To Work: Free Services for People with Disabilities Who Want to Work, December 17, 2014, 2-3:30pm CT


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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