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Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living

(APRIL) Conference 2022:

The Power of Peer Support



Join us at the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) conference October 10-14, now in a Virtual Format! 2022 APRIL Conference Registration will close September 30, 2022.

For more information and to register: https://bit.ly/3cHy3MS

Pre-Sale! Order your APRIL Conference T-shirts Today!

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T-shirts are now available for both the APRIL Conference and APRIL Youth Conference, 2022. Get yours today from the 5518 Designs Website

Order Here

Photo description of t-shirts below:

Left: a light heather gray t-shirt with a stylized outline image of two hands clasped together in rainbow colors and curved text above that reads The Power of Peer Support, with curved text below that reads APRIL Conference 2022

Right: a bright aqua blue t-shirt with Scrabble style pieces at the top that spell out Every Body and text below that reads Every Mind. In the middle is 5 cartoon style images of people of various ethnicities and disabilities engaging in various daily activities

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New Staff: Welcome Ashley, to our Team!

Payroll & Billing Specialist II

Ashley Fox has joined our team as our new Payroll and Billing Specialist II. Ashley can be found in our Financial Management Services Department, joining a great team of specialists who handle all of our accounts payable and receivable, payroll & more!

two women leaning down petting a dog in an outdoor setting with text overlay that reads Did you Know? Independence, Inc. provides Financial Management Services, F.M.S. for eligible persons with disabilities desiring to direct their own personal care services under the Kansas Medicaid HCBS Waiver Program. Financial management includes:  Preparation of semi-monthly payroll. Filing of related payroll returns and W twos. Filing taxes, including unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation coverage. Information and Assistance to beneficiaries and family representative directing their services
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What is a Center for Independent Living?

Centers for Independent Living (CIL's) were born from the civil rights movement to fight for accessibility, social acceptance, deinstitutionalization and all civil and human rights of people with disabilities. The first CIL was established in Berkeley California, 1972 (pictured above: leaders and activists in the disability rights movement of the 1960's-1970's take to a street demonstration)

Read more about CIL's and the IL Movement

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Will the Ending of the Pandemic and Public Health Emergency Period Mean an End to COVID-19?

As many of us have begun to settle into a new post-pandemic normal and reflect upon the past two years, it's normal and expected to want to move on from the dialogue and experiences, isolation and instability and maybe even try to forget it ever happened. But research, experiences and growing numbers of not only first infections, but second and third recurrences and extended, long-term symptoms and side-effects are being reported day after day. In response to this ongoing public health issue, The Administration for Community Living (ACL) began in January, carrying out a multi-million dollar investment to expand the public health workforce in aging and disability networks.

Independence, Inc. was among the grantees for this program and is using the funding to create a new Social Support and Resource Specialist position that will serve as a liason between health agencies, departments and other public programs and services and the communities we serve to help ensure the dissemination of vital, accurate information, resources, guidance, advocacy and assistance with Covid-related and other public health emergencies and needs.

Amy Ballinger, Independence, Inc. Community Engagement Manager, will expand her work to take on this new roll as Social Support and Resource Specialist for the 2 year contract period, ending September 2024. 

For more information:

ACL Covid-19 Response Announcement

Independence, Inc. Website

ACL Website

Disability Voting Rights Week - September 12-16

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Disability Voting Rights Week is coming up September 12-16 to help build the power of the disability vote. 

"It may sound just like another interesting item on the annual calendar of modern cultural observances and “awareness days.” And people unfamiliar with the everyday experience of disability might reasonably ask why we even need a “Disability Voting Rights Week" continue reading from Forbes Online...

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Consumer Art Gallery!

Do you love to create? Color? Draw? Paint? Send us a photo of your work and we'll display it on our website in our Peer Support Art Gallery!

compilation of several colorful art pieces including cats, a watercolor tree, an abstract drawing and a trick or treat scene
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Independence, Inc. Fall Fundraising is Just Around the Corner

...but you can kick it off now with an online donation to help support our programs and services! Online giving through our website is safe and secure and a great way to give - for a one time gift or monthly recurring gifts - the choice is yours!


Durable Medical Equipment Loan Bank

Don't forget to check out our Equipment Loan Bank if you're in need of an item like a walker, knee scooter, commode, shower bench, transfer chair, wheelchair and more. Come by our office weekdays between 8:30-5:00 to see what's available. Inventory changes daily. Visit our website for more information