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


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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 or 
(785) 296-2608.


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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 ( 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

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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

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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.

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Kansas Youth Leadership Academy

Kansas Youth Leadership Forum Seeking High School Students with Disabilities 

The Kansas Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (KSYLF) is currently searching for motivated young leaders to attend the 18th annual forum held July 9-14, 2018 at Washburn University in Topeka.

The KSYLF is an annual conference that is heading into its 18th year serving students with disabilities across the state. During the forum, delegates enjoy a week full of learning, fun, friends, and, most of all, a new sense of empowerment! Through various large sessions, delegates are able to hear from community leaders on such topics as disability history, advocacy, goal setting, leadership, resources, and much more. Students are also able to share life experiences, goals, and ideas during breakout sessions with small groups. By week’s end, all delegates will have stated their future plans and career goals in their very own Personal Leadership Plan.

Aside from large and small group sessions, students participate in a variety of fun activitiesas well. A trip to the Capitol is always a highlight of the week. Students are able to tour the Capitol building, as well as participate in a legislative activity in the Senate Chambers. Other activities include a mentor luncheon where delegates are paired with an adult from their area who has a similar career interest, and a talent show where participants are able to share their unique abilities with the group. Other fun activities include a recreation session, real life fair, a barbecue, and a dance, which is always a delegate favorite!

All students who are interested in attending the KSYLF must meet the following criteria:

  • reside in Kansas.
  • have a disability as defined with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
  • be in the 11th or 12th grade as of December 31, 2017.  Please note: Students who are in an 18-21 transition program qualify to apply as well.
  • have demonstrated leadership potential or interest in school and the community.

There will be no cost for students who are selected to attend. All lodging, food, and accommodations are paid for through KSYLF funds. Accommodations such as personal care attendants, sign language interpreters, large print or Braille materials, and other accommodations will be provided for those delegates who need them.

Students must fill out an application that will be reviewed through a competitive selection process. About 20 – 25 delegates will be selected to attend. The delegate application deadline for the 2018 Forum is December 15, 2017.

Delegate applications, as well as other information, can be downloaded from our website at

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ThinkWork Project Webinar Nov. 13

This webinar will share what has been learned from the ThinkWork project, a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston. Topics will include: how to get information out to everybody about employment, what employment consultants actually do when they help people get jobs, how providers can support more people in the community and how policies affect access to jobs for people with IDD.  The webinar will take place on November 13 from 2-3 p.m. To dial in using your phone: 1 (571) 317-3122. Access Code: 195-733-805.  Or

For more information please email


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