The ICI Observer – Information for YOU!

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

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

November 2019
October, 2019
September, 2019
August, 2019
July, 2019
June, 2019 – Volume 5, Issue 6
May, 2019 – Volume 5, Issue 5
April, 2019 – Volume 5, Issue 4
March, 2019 – Volume 5, Issue 3
February, 2019 – Volume 5, Issue 2
January, 2019 – Volume 5, Issue 1
November, 2018 – Volume 4, Issue 9
October, 2018 – Volume 4, Issue 8
September, 2018 – Volume 4, Issue 7
August, 2018 – Volume 4, Issue 6

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!)

Independent Living Specialist

Independent Connection Inc., a Center for Independent Living, serving people with a variety of disabilities at any age in life, is seeking an Independent Living Specialist (ILS).

As an ILS, you will provide services to our nine counties such as information and referral, independent living skills training, peer counseling, youth transition and advocacy to people at work, at home and in the community. Personal experience with a disability is preferred. Ability to speak Spanish is preferred. Travel and flexible hours are required. This is a full time position based out of Salina.

Application, Release of Information and Self-ID forms you may print to fill out ahead and drop off or pick up an application in person at Independent Connection Inc., 436 S Ohio, Salina Kansas, 67401

No phone calls please

Independent Connection Inc. is an EOE, Drug testing required.

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.