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TILRC George Wolf Youth Internship Program

A Paid Job Opportunity for Students ages 14 to 19

Three mornings a week, June 26 through Aug. 4, 2017

Get paid while working with other kids your age to help improve your community!

Learn more about the program | Download an application

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Seniors Ride the Metro Free Throughout the Month of May!


KanCare Renewal Public Meetings Scheduled for June

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has scheduled a series of public meetings for the discussion of the state’s proposed renewal of the KanCare program and to provide input and ideas for changes. Anyone may provide comment and input about the KanCare renewal at any time from June 14, 2017 until October 15, 2017.

Find out when and where Public Meetings will be held

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Trump's New Budget Plan Guts Medicaid. Here's What You Need to Know

The Trump Administration's 2018 budget request, unveiled Tuesday, includes deep cuts to Medicaid, the insurance program for low income, elderly, and disabled Americans. ...

Read the full story on our Federal Issues News page

Federal Officials OK ‘Corrective Plan’ As Kansas Pursues KanCare Extension

Federal officials this week approved a corrective plan for Kansas’ privately managed Medicaid program, easing pressure on the state before a year-end deadline. ...

... Meanwhile, state officials are moving forward with plans for the next phase of KanCare.

Members of the public can comment on possible changes to KanCare at a series of public meetings in June. ...

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

Senate Panel Approves Bill Revamping Medicare for Chronically Ill Patients

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday unanimously advanced legislation aimed at improving care for people with chronic illnesses, part of a bipartisan effort that has advanced even as Republicans and Democrats fight over the future of the Affordable Care Act. ...

Read the full story on our Benefits News page

New to the TILRC Website:

Medicaid Cuts in House ACA Repeal Bill Would Limit Availability of Home- and Community-Based Services - This report explains why the House passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) plan to cap and cut federal Medicaid funding would likely jeopardize coverage and care for people who receive Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS).

Independent Living: Resources and Funding Strategies for Making Homes Accessible - This article from the MoneyGeek website provides an overview of how much some types of renovations cost, tips on where to find help to pay for remodeling projects and expert advice about what types of projects make sense.

Disability Integration Act (S 910) - 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.

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Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series

Old versus New: Original Section 508 Standards (2000) compared to the Revised Section 508 Standards (2017), May 30, 2017, 12pm

Accessibility Online Webinars

Accessible Dining Surfaces and Bars, June 01, 2017; 1:30pm CT - This session will review how to apply these criteria to dining surfaces and bars and provide guidance on some common errors in design

Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinars

Ticket to Work for Young Adults, June 28, 2017, 2-3:30pm CT


Community Feedback on City Access for People with Disabilities Survey - the City of Topeka’s ADA Advisory Council's survey is designed to gauge the public’s perception of accessibility services for those with a disability in Topeka and gather demographical information from those participating in the survey. The survey closes June 30.

Learn Disability Rights Advocacy Letter Writing Skills - The KU Research and Training Center on Independent Living is conducting a training program to assess and develop an advocacy training package to help people with disabilities learn and apply advocacy skills. The training will be held at Independence Inc. and participants will receive $60 per session. Interested parties should contact Alice Zhang by email at or by phone at 785-864-4095 as soon as possible.

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.

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.

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.



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