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Metro Public Meetings will
display Proposed Service
Updates

Open-house style meetings will reveal
changes and collect feedback

Meeting Dates, Times and Locations

Monday, March 30, 3:00. – 5:00pm, Topeka &
Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th

Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 – 9:00am,
Quincy Street Station, 820 SE Quincy

Wednesday, April  1, 11:00am – 1:00pm,
Garfield Community Center, 1600 NE Quincy

Wednesday, April  1, 6:00 – 8:00pm,
Avondale East, 455 SE Golf Park Blvd.

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newspaper News of Interest


Changes to mental health drugs, KanCare committee advance

Changes to Kansas Medicaid’s mental health drug reimbursements and the KanCare oversight committee moved forward Tuesday.

The Legislature appears poised to pass the changes into law, despite objections from Democrats and stakeholders. ...

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

U.S. Senate delays vote on Medicare payment fix for two weeks

... The measure drafted and driven forward by Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. ...

Read the full story on our Benefits News page

The Lash Group Will Pay $75,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

... "An employee with post-partum depression may need additional leave or other reasonable accommodations under the ADA," said EEOC's Philadelphia District Director Spencer H. Lewis, Jr. "This case should remind all employers to be proactive and review their policies and procedures, including short-term disability leave policies, to ensure that employees who need a reasonable accommodation will receive what they are entitled to under federal law." ...

Read the full story on our Civil Rights 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.


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.


Job Openings

ONLINE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

AccessibilityOnline Webinar Series

Open Q & A, April 02, 2015, 12:30-2pm 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. (This webinar was rescheduled from March 5th)


Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of Individuals with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC) Webinars

Assistive Technology Solutions in the Workplace, April 09, 2015, 1pm CT


NCOA Webinars

Strong Brains, Sharp Minds – Part I: Understanding the Building Blocks, April 09, 2015, 12:30 - 1:30pm CDT - This program will cover fundamentals about the aging brain, recapping the latest brain science research. Risk factors and self-care opportunities will be identified and discussed.


WISE Webinar Series

Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work , April 22, 2015, 2-3:30pm CT


POLICYMAKERS/RESEARCHERS NEED YOUR INPUT:

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 ceylan.hasan@medstar.net.

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 Amazon.com , Itunes.com , Olive Garden Restaurant, or AMC Theaters), one for each phase of the study. For more information email Arielle.silverman@colorado.edu.

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 seanna@beneficialdesigns.com.

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.

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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