Special Needs Respite Night

The University Christian Church in Manhattan is offering a respite night on Friday, October 26 from 6-9 p.m. for parents to have an evening to themselves. There will be games, crafts, snacks and other activities offered for the children attending, plus a trained buddy will be assigned to each child with special needs. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Special Needs Respite Night


Therapeutic Recreation Activities Fall 2018

Manhattan Parks and Recreations are again offering therapeutic recreation activities especially designed for youth with disabilities.  Space for most programs is limited, and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis. For more information please contact Parks and Recreation at 785-587-2757.  Programs offered this fall include: cooking, arts and crafts, gardening, Halloween dance, Rolling Hills Zoo adventure, bowling, Thanksgiving Dinner, game night, gift baskets and caroling and barrier-free theatre.

See attachment for more information.

Therapeutic Recreation Fall 2018


Therapeutic Recreation Activities Summer 2018

The Manhattan Parks and Recreation offer many activities for individuals who have physical, developmental and/or emotional disabilities. Programs offered are adapted and modified when necessary to provide opportunities for participation on all levels. Enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  The summer offerings include a Monday cooking class, Tuesday bowling, Thursday arts and crafts, family fun night, Saturday gardening, outdoor karaoke, bowling tournament and a summer picnic. See the attachment for more information.

Therapeutic Recreation Summer Guide 2018

Transition to Employment Summit May 30-31, 2018

Transition to Employment: Tips, Tricks & Tools

2018 Employment First Summit

May 30-31, 2018

Capitol Plaza Hotel & Maner Conference Center
1717 S.W. Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, KS 66612

Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Thursday: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Registration is FREE!

Breakfast and lunch provided both days

Come learn the tips, tricks & tools to plan, prepare and transition to competitive, integrated employment. The 2018 Employment First Summit is for people with disabilities, family members, educators and professionals.

  • Professional development credits available

  • Single day registration available

  • Lodging scholarships are available for self-advocates, their support staff, or family members of individuals with a disability who live more than 50 miles from the summit

Limited scholarships will be awarded on a first come/first served basis. 

Registration is limited to the first 300 people.

If you need assistance with registration, please contact KCDD at kcdd@kcdd.org or 
(785) 296-2608.


Autism license plate in Kansas

Autism Hope for Families, based in Chanute, KS, is a local non-profit and through fundraising efforts they help families and schools in that area. They got the Autism Bill 2148 passed to be able to do an autism acceptance license plate. So now they are seeking commitments from those who want to get a plate. They need at least 500 commitments to begin manufacturing (no payment needed now).  The person who reached out to us is Melissa Reinhardt (kypalak@yahoo.com) should you have questions. And she encouraged us to share with anyone who might be interested, so do pass the information along.

To register your commitment, you can use the attached flyer. The flyer also has the picture of what the plate looks like.

Autism license plate

Student and Parents Resource Night

Mark your calendars!  USD #321 is inviting the surrounding communities to attend their Student and Parent Resource Night on Thursday, March 15 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Rossville Junior/Senior High School commons area. There will be food, prizes and lots of fun! Transportation and babysitting services can be provided upon request by March 1st. Vendors will include post-secondary colleges, employment opportunities, disability resources, community resources and K-6 resources. For more information contact Julie Biswell at 785-584-6731. See attached sheet for list of vendors.

Kaw Valley Resource Night

Parks and Recreation Activities

The Manhattan Parks and Recreation has several therapeutic recreation activities available specifically for individuals with physical, developmental, and/or emotional disabilities at a minimal cost. Programs are adapted and modified when necessary to provide opportunities for participation at all levels. Classes and trips are limited in size. Enrollment will be accepted first come, first served. Classes offered this spring include: cooking classes, bowling classes, gardening, arts and crafts, soup supper, K-State Women’s basketball games, St. Patrick’s Day Dance and Prom. For more information call 587-2757 or 1-800-766-3777.