February 2017 News 
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Weather Closings

DPI's inclement weather closings are listed on KCTV5 and KMBC9; watch for your designated location as each site is listed separately.  

You may also call DPI's main number at 816.525.6000 and listen to the recorded message to find out about closings.
Upcoming Events:

February 10: Night to Shine sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation - a free event at Arrowhead Stadium.   Click here for registration and information.

February 19:
 DPI Night at the Missouri Mavericks hockey game! 
Tickets are on sale now!  What a fun night! Click here
to purchase tickets.  See below for more information.  

February 25:  
Coldwater WinterFest - Click here for more information.

February 28: 15th Annual Missouri Youth Leadership Forum applications due. Click here for forms and information.

March: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 

March 1:  Friends of DPI Information and Strategic Planning Meeting at DPI KC Site

March 3: Developmental Disabilities Legislative Tours at Developing Potential, Inc.

March 6:  Community Blood Drive - Details to follow.

March 7:  Friends of DPI Information and Strategic Planning Meeting at DPI Lee's Summit Site

March 8:  Friends of DPI Information and Strategic Planning Meeting at DPI Independence Site

March 11:  Save the Date:  Katie May Miracle Foundation Puzzle Night
More details to follow.

March 30 and 31: Reverse Job Fair hosted by DPI and partners

April 7:  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.

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.
DPI Night at the Missouri Mavericks!

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To purchase tickets, click here.
Tickets are $22 each.  
Please note Mavs Tix in the comment section when you make your paypal donation.
Seats are located in Section 101, Rows P, Q and R.
DPI Employment Connections

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

Job seekers having disabilities will have the opportunity to attend
a workshop on March 30 and employers and job seekers can 
participate in activities on March 31.  

More details to follow .

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

The Norovirus is a group of viruses that cause inflammation of the stomach and large intestine (gastroenteritis).  This group of viruses is the leading cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S.  Noroviruses are often confused with or mistaken for food poisoning because they can be transmitted through food that's been contaminated with the virus, however, this illness in not the result of food contamination.  Noroviruses are sometimes referred to as the stomach flu, although they are not the influenza virus and there is no vaccination for the Noro-virus. 

You can become infected with the Norovirus when you eat food or drink liquids that have been contaminated.  You can also get infected if you touch an object or surface that has been infected with the virus and then touch your nose, mouth, or eyes.  Once your have become infected symptoms generally start within 12-48 hours.

If you come down with a Norovirus infection, you'll probably go from being completely healthy to feeling absolutely miserable within a day or two after being exposed to the virus.  Typical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, and stomach cramps.  Other symptoms may include:  low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue.  Although most of these symptoms are not serious, diarrhea and vomiting can deplete your body of fluids needed and you can become dehydrated as well as malnutrition from not getting enough nutrients.

Norovirus, like other viruses do not respond to antibiotics, which are designed to kill bacteria.  No antivirial drug can treat Norovirus, but in healthy people the illness should go away on its own withing a couple of days.  Most people don't have any long-term problems from the virus.

Good hygiene is the key to preventing an infection with Norovirus, especially when you are in close surroundings with a lot of other people.  Remember to:
  • Wash you hands often and with soap and water
  • Carefully dispose of any contaminated items
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces
If you have Norovirus, do not prepare food and minimize contact with other people until symptoms have subsided. 

Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
DPI extends a big thank you to Trinity Church of the Nazarene
for their volunteer support through Servanthood Sundays!
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!
Thank you to the following for donations
January 2016:

The Health Care Foundation has been a
long-time supporter of DPI's health focus, providing funds that help us
provide a staff nurse to support our individuals' health.

Heather, our staff nurse, helps make sure everybody stays as healthy as they
can. She performs a comprehensive health assessment for every individual served at DPI, making sure she is aware of all medications people take, when they last had a physical, what kind of health supports they'll need in the coming year,
and many other topics. Heather's health assessments keep DPI up to date with
all participant health situations, and are a major part of our overall
health and wellness efforts.  Heather also participates in education events and activities in order to inform our individuals, staff and the community about healthy lifestyle topics.

Services funded in part by:
DPI is a nationally accredited agency:

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