The ICI Observer – Information for YOU!

Our Independent Connection Inc. Newsletters!  Now named, “The ICI Observer!”  Please go into the following links for issues:

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019
October, 2019
September, 2019
August, 2019
July, 2019

Independent Connection consumers – if you have worthwhile information you want to contribute or if you just want to know more about a particular subject, please let us know.  Call 785-452-9580 or talk to your Independent Living Specialist! 

(Previous issues upon request!)

What Kansas Can Learn from Medicaid Expansion in Other States (June 2019)

Almost nine years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 36 states and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs. Fourteen states, including Kansas, have not. This issue brief examines different state approaches to expansion, as well as enrollment and cost trends and the effects of expansion on health outcomes and state economies.
For more information, please click HERE.

Join the “See Us” Movement Today!!

There are 5.4 million Americans living with paralysis. Despite strength in numbers, our voices have become diminished by the barriers we face every day and our achievements are overshadowed by the misconceptions on what it means to live with a disability.

We are more than our injury or disability — we are a powerful community full of individuals ready to be seen for who we really are. That’s why we launched See Us, a movement to share ourselves, our experiences, and our stories with the world.

For more information and to participate, please click HERE.

Section 14(c) National Online Dialogue

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), through its ePolicyWorks initiative, is currently hosting the Section 14(c) National Online Dialogue until Friday, June 21 to gather perspectives on Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. We invite you to join the conversation and share your ideas and comments regarding local trends, experiences with transition, and visions for the future regarding Section 14(c) and the employment of people with disabilities.

To share your experiences and ideas, and to comment on ideas submitted by others, please click HERE.

If you or someone you know is not able to contribute to the Section 14(c) National Online Dialogue via this online platform, but would like to share ideas and comments, perspectives or experiences around Section 14(c), please contact or ODEP at 202-693-7880 for further assistance.

2019 Innovation in Motion Scholarship Program

As the country’s largest internet retailer of mobility equipment, SpinLife is excited to offer the annual SpinLife Innovation in Motion Scholarship program designed to aid college students in their academic endeavors. The annual program will award one (1) $1,000 scholarship and one (1) $500 gift card to and is open to students who are manual or power wheelchair users enrolled at an accredited 4-year institution.

This year’s theme is “Life in Motion”.

Tell SpinLife about your “life in motion”. This is an open-ended request. You can write a message – a poem, paint – anything that expresses what “life in motion” means to you – let your creativity guide you. The only limitation is that it must fit on one, (1) 8.5” x 11” piece of paper.

For more information and to download an application, please click HERE.

Ask KDHE To Do Better!!

Kansans with disabilities using Medicaid in-home services celebrated the 2019 State Legislature’s decision to increase the amount of monthly income they can keep to live on to $1,177/month. This means some people may be able to keep as much as $430/month more for the next year.

While the Kansas Legislature gave folks this bit of clear blue sky, clouds have rolled in as the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment has informed advocates, folks will have to continue to pay down their monthly income to $747 for six months of the next year while they are re-programming their computer systems.

KDHE can do better.

Call your elected representatives to thank them and ask them to let folks keep their money permanently. Ask your elected officials to demand KDHE make the needed changes immediately.

KDADS Post-Legislative Session Stakeholders Meetings to be Held This Week


Secretary Laura Howard invites you to the Department for Aging and Disability Services’ Post-Legislative Session Stakeholders Meeting. Receive updates on the agency budget, legislative successes and notable program milestones. Learn more about the agency’s overall progress and participate in a structured feedback session.

Please join us in person or online for one or both sessions:

•June 11 in Greensburg, KS, at the Iroquois Center For Human Development
~610 E Grant Avenue, Greensburg, KS 67054
~1:30 to 4 p.m.
~Watch the meeting broadcast live at
~Join via teleconference: Dial on any phone then use meeting ID 789514442
1 669 900 6833 US
1 646 558 8656 US
~Register here:

•June 13 in Topeka, KS, at KDADS Main Office
~503 S. Kansas Avenue, Topeka, KS 66603
~1:30 to 4 p.m.
~Watch the meeting broadcast live at
~Register here:

The State of Kansas is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need reasonable accommodations or alternative formats for a meeting please contact Cara Sloan-Ramos.