Welcome to our site about independent living for people with disabilities!

Our mission is to further independent living (IL) for people with disabilities by collaborating with consumers on research that is relevant to their lives and by using innovative methods to disseminate knowledge.

Emergency Preparedness for
Every Member of Your Family

Now is always the time to prepare for an emergency, especially for people with disabilities. We offer publications, videos and trainings to assist you in preparing for natural and man-made disasters.

Also, don't forget to consider the safety of your service animal and pets in the event of a disaster. One way to prepare for the unexpected is to complete an identification form for each of your animals.

For a quick overview, watch our emergency preparedness videos to learn what you need to have on hand and the steps you can take be ready for the unexpected.

Community Living Research

People with disabilities still face many barriers to living and participating in their community. The Research and Training Center on Promoting Interventions for Community Living (RTC/PICL) is building on two evidence-based interventions to increase their community participation.

Since participation begins at home, the Home Usability Program helps people learn how to modify their home environments to support their needs.

The Out and About program enhances the personal skills of people with disabilities so they may pursue opportunities in the community that they choose.

This Center also promotes the dissemination and utilization of other successful practices that enhance participation.

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News Highlights

Hall Selected for NIH Advisory Group

Jean Hall, Director of the RTC/IL, will serve on the National Institute of Health Advisory Group to the Director Working Group on Diversity as an expert on diversity and disability. Learn more about the advisory group: https://acd.od.nih.gov/working-groups/wgd.html

Redmond Selected for KUMC LEND Program

Ellie Redmond, former student assistant with RTC/IL, was selected for the Leadership Education and Related Disabilities Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The program will supplement her graduate studies in Occupational Therapy.  

Hall Elected to National Academy of Social Insurance

Jean Hall, IHDPS Director, joined the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) as one of 56 distinguished experts. 

Koon et. al. Publish in Disability and Health Journal.

Read Aging Concerns, Challenges, and Everyday Solution Strategies (ACCESS) for Adults Aging with a Long-Term Mobility Disability.

RTCIL Researcher to Lead Crossfit Study

Because there is such a lack of empirical data on this topic, reviewers and organizations that can provide funding for research "do not believe that people with disability are, in fact, engaging in Crossfit and Functional Training," Koon said. 

Nary and Coulter Present to KUMC Student Group

The presentation covered key topics from the Guidelines. 

RTC/IL Releases 9th Edition of Writing Guidelines

The revised publication celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the ADA. 

Two RTC/IL Staff Members Receive Major Awards

Kelsey Shinnick Goddard, Research Coordinator, and Jay Schultz, Graduate Research Assistant, were honored. 

Continuing Education for Health Care Providers

The center's Disability and Health Program team is leading a webinar series for health care providers in early 2019. Learn more about "Engaging Patients with Disabiities and Chronic Health Conditions."

"Making Homes Visitable"Cover of "Making Homes Visitable" shows a woman in a wheelchair being greeted by another woman at the front door of a house.

This guide for wheelchair users and hosts provides information about how to make a home visitable so everyone can enjoy social gatherings.

New Advocacy Training Package Online

This training manual teaches people with disabilities and others to advocate effectively for their disability-related concerns. It contains sample letters and step-by-step instructions for taking action to make change.

New Video: "Stoplights Don't Stop Us!"

People with disabilities can make changes in their communities!

To make change in your community, see "Your Action Planning Guide for Promoting Full Community Participation Among People with Disabilities" (PDF).

Learn more about this project to build capacity of consumers.

Community Partner Success Stories

Community Partner Success Stories

Community partners who participated in our research share their experiences.

Back to school COVID info for parents and teachers: https://t.co/XIlwJ8CCBc

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