December 2017 News
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Upcoming Events

December 25: FREE Christmas Day Party.  Click here for more information.

December 31:  Deadline for National Self Advocacy Fellowship.  Click here for more information.

January 5: New Year's Dance with Jackson County Parks + Rec.  Click here for flyer.

January 26: Deadline for Director's Creativity Showcase.  Click here for more information.

January 28: DPI Trivia Day at KC Bier Co.  Watch for flyer!

February 11: DPI Golf Par-Tee at Top Golf.  Click here for more info.  Click here for sponsorship opportunities!

March 13: Disability Rights Legislative Day in Jefferson City.  Watch our newsletter for updates and plan to join DPI in Jefferson City!
DPI Health and Wellness:
The Nurse is In

For those of you that are not yet acquainted with me, my name is Heather-a.k.a. The Nurse.  I am very proud to say that I have been with Developing Potential for over 5 years now and have loved every moment! I have a background in critical care, emergency room, and school nursing.  I am married and also the proud mother of four children.

I am here for many types of health care needs for the individuals we serve, a support for families and other care providers, and a resource for our staff.  I am available to read TB skin tests, assist in monitoring vitals, provide education, and many other health related tasks.  I am also available to contact doctor's office for new orders related to medications, assistive devices, or diet order changes. 

In the new year I am excited to continue activities at DPI such as our Healthy LifeStyle groups, continuing to work with nursing students from a local college, help educate staff and individuals on topics related to physical and mental health, and to work with individuals/staff/families to meet their wellness and health goals.

Please feel free to contact any time if you have questions or suggestions.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of all of your lives!
Holiday Days of Caring

Our 12 Days of Caring 
allowed our individuals to 
experience lots of fun activities this month, including visits from Mrs. Claus and her elves to deliver "Mrs. Claus Kisses", candy cane reindeer, a "snow day," snowman soup, a holiday "sock hop," visits from Santa, hot mulled cider, "Reindeer Nose" treats, Donut Day, and gifts of items they need or want during this season of gratitude and celebration.  

Thank you to the following for making the season merry and bright for those we serve!

Judy and Harry Beyer
Richard Brasfield Bill and Kaye Cantwell Rebecca Case Angela Clark
Amy and Olivia Cox Carol Crawford Dr. J. Calvin Downing Bill Essman Connie Ficken
Joy Frazier Boyle Jonathan Gale Jonie Gann GEHA Volunteers Bob Glaser
Carl and Nancy Goeckeler Judy Green Robert Hartnett Pam Hatcher
Integrity Real Estate Volunteers
Holly Jackson Kristen Johnson Bunny Kimbrough Teresa and Danny Mahnke Meagan Malloy
Sheryl Malloy
Stu May and Friends (FB Fundraiser)
John and Cyndi McKenna
Mike Moore
Kris Nicholas
Stephen and Brigid Oberkrom Mary Ogden Darlene Phillips Scott and Bonnie Rector Veronica Robertson
Rachelle Rozell Elwood and Lois Shanahan Paula Smith Vicky Smith Bob Srickeleather
Billie Van Dyke Mary Wandling Weed Man Jean Williams Kari Wiss
Steve and Terri Wynne Mrs. Claus
and Elves
Gary and Anita Grigsby United Auto Workers Local 24 Jim O'Neill
Joseph Foster

DPI Advocacy Update:
2018 Legislative Session Approaches

Please watch DPI's monthly e-news for information on 
bills of interest and ways you can advocate!

Dates of interest:

January 3 - 2018 Legislative Session Begins at 12PM
January 10 - State of the State Address at 7PM
January 15 - No session in observance of MLK Day
March 19-23 - Legislative Spring Break
April 12 - No Session in observance of Easter
May 18 - Session Ends at 6PM

Disability Rights Legislative Day is
Tuesday, March 13.

Please watch for news on this event and plan to join DPI in Jefferson City!
 "What Makes Me Smile" 
DPI Community Recognition Night

A huge thanks to all that came out to support DPI and our community partners.  We were so proud to recognize the following:

DPI Kansas City Site Individual of the Year - Jeremy Tye
DPI Independence Individual of the Year - Shylla Goeckeler
DPI Lee's Summit Individual of the Year - Danny Chambers
DPI Employment Connections Individual of the Year - Amanda West
Community Partner of the Year - Pam Hatcher, Integrity Real Estate Team
Community Advocate of the Year - Ed Van Haele

Click here to see photos from the event!

Thank you to our donors:

Veronica Anderson Stephen and Susan Arbo Dennis and Vicki Bullard
Connell Insurance Consolidated Communications Corporate Copy Print
Country Club Bank Brian and Carol Crawford Drenon Jewelry
Denise Edwards Kim and Charles Glaser Wheeler Bob Glaser
Carl and Nancy Goeckeler Judy Green Pam Hatcher
Integrity Real Estate Group Jeffrey Byrne and Associates KC Bier Co.
Kansas City Royals Katie May's Miracle Foundation Ruth Lehr
Stu and Debbie May National World War I Museum Dave and Lori Oxborough
Jeff and Jennifer Parker Dale and Deb Parson Penny Peterman
Polsinelli PC, Lisa Schultes Premier Mazda, Tim Smith Regency Coffee & Vending
Salon Ami Lloyd and Joan Slagt Summit Pet Care
Abe and Luann Thompson Abe Thompson I-70 RV Sales Mike Van Haele
Wines by Jennifer Williams SpurgeonKuhl and Freshnock Architects, Inc. Steve and Terri Wynne

DPI in the Community
Parenting Children with Special Needs

DPI will be providing content to Parenting Children with Special Needs magazine for their bi-monthly publication.  In their November/December issue, Steve and Terri and Jeremy Wynne were featured along with an article on transitioning from childhood to adult programs.  Thank you, Wynn Family!

Click here for full article.
Thank you to the following for donations 
November 2017:

Vicki and Dennis Bullard
Marcela Holder
Dale and Deb Parson
Ed and Charlotte VanHaele
John and Nancy Eppert
Jeffrey Byrne and Associates
Steve and Terri Wynne
Truman Heartland Community Foundation
Acosta PMI

Also see lists above for Community Recognition Gala
and 12 Days of  Caring.

Thank you to Panera Bread for their weekly donations.

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.
Relationships and Sexual Health Education Course
Hosted by Kansas City Regional Office

Click here for flyer.
Click here for consent form.

The Kansas City Regional Office is excited to offer a series of workshops called Relationships and Sexual Health from January 5th, 2018 through February 9th, 2018. This class series will be comprised of six sessions that cover a range of topics such as healthy relationship boundaries, communication, STI's, birth control, and decision making.

The purpose of this class is to give individuals the tools necessary to navigate the confusing (and constantly changing) world of relationships and sexual health, not to force participants to adhere to any one agenda. Because there are so many messages that our individuals receive about sex from books, TV, the internet, and other media, we want them to receive factual, medically accurate information about sexual health and relationships from a source that they trust.  Our goal is to empower people to make informed and healthy decisions about their own lives with help from the information in this workshop series.

Each lesson will focus on a different topic related to sexual health and relationships. There will be interactive games, discussions, videos, and other activities to help us teach to a wide variety of learning styles. Participants will be encouraged to voice their own opinions and share their thoughts in a respectful and honest manner. Parents, guardians, staff members, and all stakeholders are encouraged to attend all six sessions so that they may discuss the information with participants. Additional materials will also be available to parents, guardians, and staff members for processing and discussion.

Because the information in this curriculum builds on itself, participants should attend all six sessions. However, if for some reason they cannot attend all sessions, participants may come to as many as they can. Sessions will be held every Friday from 10:30am- 12:00pm from January 5th- February 9th. Attached to this letter is a brief outline of our intended curriculum, a short explanation of how our educator intends to handle sensitive topics, and a consent form for you to sign for your individual's participation in this program.

Consent forms (after being COMPLETELY filled out - including email addresses!) may be returned by mail to: Kansas City Regional Office 821 E. Admiral Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64106 Attn: Chad Reyes or by email at; or by fax - Attn: Chad Reyes at  1.816.889.3325. 
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DPI location and we will recycle them. 
Cartridge World makes a donation to
DPI for each cartridge we recycle!
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