August 2017 News
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Upcoming Events:

August 5:  Autism Acceptance Event at Kansas City Regional Office.   Click here for flyer.

August 11 - 14:  DPI fundraiser at Five Below!   Click here for flyer.  (Flyer required for DPI to receive donation.)

August 19:  Midwest Ability Summit!   Click here for flyer.

August 25 - Jackson County Parks and Rec Dance.   Click here for more information.

September 7-10:  DPI Papa John's fundraiser.  Stay tuned for more info!

September 8 - Jackson County Parks and Rec Dinner and Dance.   Click here for more information.

September 15:  Arc of Missouri Education Summit.   Click here for flyer.

September 24: Step Up for Down Syndrome.   Click here for registration and info.

September 29:  DPI closed for Staff In Service

October 23:  DPI Pizza Ranch fundraiser.  Mark your calendars!

October 24: Disability Mentoring Day at Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.   Click here for more information.

Do you know if your company has a donor match program?  Many do.
Matching programs are a great way to make your donation to DPI go further.  
Here are some businesses in Kansas City that have matching programs for their employees:
Farmers Insurance Group
United Health Group
Harrah's Entertainment
Assurant, Inc.
Time Warner
Cardinal Health
Charles Schwab
DST Systems, Inc.
Kansas City Southern
Cisco Systems
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
State Farm Insurance
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Hewlett Packard
H&R Block
Hospital Corporation of America
Quest Diagnostics
and more!

If you or anyone in your family works for Community America Credit Union, we need to know.  Please contact us!

Your benefits department should be able to tell you if your company matches gifts.  
For more information, contact Amy Cox at
Shop for Back to School Supplies and More!  
Print this flyer and take with you August 11 - 14!

Direct Support Professional positions available at DPI's
Independence, Lee's Summit and Kansas City locations.

Click here for job description, requirements and more information.
DPI in the Community

Thanks to everyone who came out to support DPI at 
Chipotle this month!

DPI Employment Connections
Community Employment Gathering
Individuals in the DPI Employment Connections program gathered on July 11 to network with one another and to discuss stress in the workplace and ways to handle and combat stress.  
What a great group of people!

Are you a job seeker interested in receiving services from
DPI Employment Connections?
For more information, contact Lori Oxborough at or 816.525.6000 ext.112.
DPI Health and Wellness:

GERD or Acid Reflux or Heartburn Overview

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter does not close properly and stomach contents leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus.  When refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat called heartburn.  Occasional heartburn is common but does not mean you have GERD.  Heartburn that occurs more than twice a week may be considered GERD, and can eventually lead to more serious health problems.

The main symptoms are persistent heartburn and acid regurgitation.

No one knows why people get GERD.  A hiatal hernia may contribute to symptoms.  Other factors that may contribute to GERD include: alcohol use, being overweight, pregnancy, and smoking.  Also, certain foods can be associated with reflux these include: citrus fruits, chocolate, caffeinated drinks, fatty/fried foods, garlic/onions, spicy foods, and tomato-based foods (like spaghetti sauce, chili, and pizza).

If you have heartburn or any of the other symptoms for a while, you should see your doctor.  Depending on how severe you GERD is, treatment may involve one or more of the following lifestyle changes and medications or surgery.

Lifestyle Changes
Stop smoking and/or drinking alcohol
Lose weight if needed
Eat small meals
Avoid lying down for 3 hours after a meal
Raise the head of you bed 6-8 inches

Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter antacids such as Alka-Seltzer, Maalox, Tums, or Pepto-Bismol.  Antacids, however, have side effects.  Magnesium salt can lead to diarrhea and aluminum salts can cause constipation.  Other medications such as H2 blockers (Tagament or Zantac) are available in prescription strength and over the counter.  Proton pump inhibitors include Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium all are available with a prescription. 

GERD Surgery
Surgery can be an option when medicine and lifestyle changes do not work.  Fundoplication is the standard surgical treatment for GERD.

GERD Complications
Sometimes GERD can cause serious complications.  Inflammation of the esophagus can cause bleeding or ulcers.  Scar tissue can narrow the esophagus and make swallowing difficult.

 Source: Cleveland Clinic Health
RDAD-KC Program:  
Working to make the Kansas City Metro area more dementia capable!

Eitas is launching a unique program that works with caregivers of individuals who have moderate to severe dementia and/or people with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are at risk for dementia. The program provides caregivers coaching sessions and exercise education. Eitas professionals will train the caregiver and the participant to increase pleasant activities, and improve their communication as well as problem-solving skills. 

Program Overview:  Click Here
Program Referral Form:  Click Here
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 and choose Developing Potential, Inc. as your charity of choice.

Each time you shop, DPI receives a donation.

It's that easy!
Thank you to the following for donations 
July  2017:

 Dickey's Barbecue Pit, The Coterie, The Met, Kansas City Zoo, Bolero Spa,
Freddy's, Llywelyn's Pub, Snow and Co., Edible Arrangements, Westport Ale House, Salty Iguana, Cooper's Hawk Winery, Beer Kitchen, Jack Stack Barbecue, and Bunny's Bed and Breakfast.   


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