April 2017 News 

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Upcoming Events:

April 2:  World Autism Day

April 7:  DPI closed for Staff In Service

April 9:  Servanthood Sunday at DPI

April 14:  DPI closed for Good Friday observation

April 17 - 21: Volunteer Appreciation Week

April 19:  Free Webinar - Transitioning Roles from Aging Parents to Siblings of People with I/DD - Click here for more information and to register. 

April 20:  Community Employment Gathering at DPI Independence

April 23:  A Night to Remember - Click here for more information.

April 28: DPI Proms at Kansas City and Lee's Summit locations

May 4:  Developing Potential Community Breakfast
Do you have friends or colleagues who would like to know more about DPI's services in the community?  We are hosting a Community Breakfast to introduce individuals to our services and share our story.  
Contact Amy Cox at acox@developingpotential.org for more details.

May 9:  DPI at Independence Social Service Summit

May 11:  DPI at Independence Chamber Business Expo

May 17:  Employment Conversations for Providers at DPI Lee's Summit

May 17 - 18:  LifeCourse Showcase - Click here for more information.

June 2:  Mark your calendars for a fun evening on the Country Club Plaza with our Kendra Scott jewelry and art event!  Plan for a fun First Friday on the town. 

July 3 and 4:  DPI closed for Independence Day holiday

August 19:  Midwest Ability Summit!  Save the date.

September 29:  DPI closed for Staff In Service
State and Local Legislators
Tour DPI and Arc of the Ozarks
for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  

Special thanks to: Representative Mike Cierpiot, Representative Jerome Barnes, Jackson County Legislator Theresa Galvin, Representative Rory Rowland, Senator John Rizzo, Representative Rebecca Roeber, Senator Will Kraus, Representative Ira Anders, Michael Clark, representing Senator Roy Blunt.

Additional thanks to Representatives Dan Stacy and Ingrid Burnett 
for coming out for follow up tours.
DPI Supports Katie May Miracle Foundation
at their Annual Puzzle Night
  

        
DPI Employment Connections


DPI will be hosting a Reverse Job Fair on  March 30 and 31 
in cooperation with the  Kansas City Regional Office and several other area organizations as a part of 
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

We would like to thank Connell Insurance and the Department of Mental Health for their co-sponsorship of this event along with Developing Potential.


Are you a job seeker interested in receiving services from
DPI Employment Connections?
For more information, contact Lori Oxborough at loxborough@developingpotential.org or 816.525.6000 ext.112.
Health News from DPI
Fall Prevention: Simple Tips


Fall prevention is an important topic.  As we age, physical changes, health conditions and, sometimes, the medications taken to address health conditions can make falls more likely.  

In fact, according to the CDC,  falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults.  Fear of falling doesn't need rule your life, instead consider some simple fall-prevention strategies.

1.  Make an appointment with your doctor.  Be prepared to answer questions such as:
  • What medications are you taking?
  • Have you fallen before?
  • Have you almost fallen?
  • Did any injuries result from a fall?
  • Could your health conditions cause a fall?

2.  Keep Moving:  Physical activity can go a long way toward fall prevention.  With your doctor's permission, consider activities such as walking, water aerobics, or tai chi.

3.  Wear sensible shoes.  High heels, slippers, and shoes with slick soles can make you slip, trip, stumble, and fall.  Wear properly fitting, sturdy shoes with nonskid soles.

4.  Remove home hazards.  To make your home safer:
  • Remove boxes, newspapers, electrical cords and phone cords from walkways.
  • Move coffee tables, magazine racks, and plants from high traffic areas,
  • Secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or a slip resistant backing - or remove loose ruts from you home.
  • Store clothing, dishes food, and other necessities within easy reach.
  • Immediately clean spilled liquids, grease, or food.
  • Use nonslip mats in your bathtub or shower.  
  • Use a bath seat, which allows you to sit while showering.
While slips and falls cannot always be avoided, you can do a great deal to prevent them from happening and safeguard your health.

Source: Mayo Clinic, Healthy aging 
DPI extends a big thank you to Trinity Church of the Nazarene
for their volunteer support through Servanthood Sundays!

Volunteer opportunities are coming for our Spring Proms at DPI!
Supporters are needed to help with decorating, making corsages, doing hair and makeup for our individuals, and more.  
If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please email Amy at acox@developingpotential.org to receive additional information.
DPI Recycles!
Please bring your used print cartridges to any
DPI location and we will recycle them. 
Cartridge World makes a donation to
DPI for each cartridge we recycle!
Give Back to DPI Every Time You Shop!
Go to    smile.amazon.com and choose Developing Potential, Inc. as your charity of choice.

Each time you shop, DPI receives a donation.

It's that easy!
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