2017 Fall Newsletter
Missouri Assistive Technology
Show Me Loans offers low-interest loans to Missourians with a disability. The general loan enables Missourians an option to purchase assistive technology equipment and devices ( including hearing aids), home access improvements or vehicle access modifications for persons with disabilities in Missouri.  Click here for the application and qualifications. You must have Adobe Acrobat to see the application.

Telephone Assistance Program (TAP) Missouri TAP for Telephone is designed to provide adaptive telephone equipment and telephone signaling devices for individuals with disabilities in Missouri to make and receive phone calls. A full range of adaptive equipment is provided at no cost to meet the needs of individuals with all types of disabilities.

To  qualify for the Telecommunications Access Program, the applicant must:
  • Be certified by a licensed physician, audiologist, speech pathologist, hearing instrument specialist or qualified agency as unable to use traditional telecommunications equipment or computer equipment due to disability;
  • Be a resident of the state of Missouri;
  • Have access to basic telephone service for TAP-T; have a computer and internet service for TAP-I. For the TAP Wireless pilot, you must have WiFi access or mobile phone service (depending on selected equipment). 
  • Meet financial income standards (Generally, the applicant's have an annual adjusted household income under $60,000 for two people; with $5,000 being added for each additional dependent.)

The program has 3 options: 
  • TAP for Telephone provides access to basic voice telephone calling (both sending and receiving) for individuals with all types of disabilities through the delivery of adaptive telephone equipment. The program provides such equipment as text telephones, voice carry over phones, phone for hearing carry over, amplified phones, Braille phones, hands-free phones and photo phones.
  • TAP for Internet provides to Missourians who cannot use traditional computer equipment, the adaptive computer equipment necessary for basic access to the internet and e-mail. The program provides such equipment as screen enlargement software, screen readers, adaptive keyboards or alternative pointing devices such as trackballs or rollerballs. The TAP-I program provides consumer support during the selection and initial usage of the adaptive equipment.
  • The TAP Wireless Equipment Pilot is designed to see how wireless devices can improve the ability of persons with disabilities to use telecommunications and communication tools such as e-mail, phone, text, or relay services to become more connected to their friends, families and communities. Participants may be eligible to receive a wireless device such as the iPhone®, iPad®, Jitterbug, Odin, and/or adaptive accessories. The Pilot is currently inviting applications from potential participants age 18 or older. Want more information? Go to the TAP Wireless Pilot page.

Discuss this program with your audiologist, Charley or Robbie, to see if you qualify and to receive additional information. You may also visit their website

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Vocational Rehabilitation and Workers with Hearing Loss

Lacking insurance coverage for the purchase of hearing aids, individuals may seek the assistance of a Vocational Rehabilitation program. Audiologists, likewise, may refer patients to a vocational rehabilitation program for funding of hearing aids and other accommodations.

The United States government operates an extensive vocational rehabilitation (VR) program that provides a wide range of services and job training to people with disabilities who want to work. To be eligible for VR services, a person must have a physical or mental impairment that is a substantial impediment to employment; be able to benefit from VR services in terms of employment; and require VR services to prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain employment . Priority is given to people with the most severe disabilities.

You may contact VR directly to see if you qualify, or you may wish to discuss the program with Charley or Robbie at your next appointment in our clinic.

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"The Whole Person offers a broad range of services to people with disabilities to increase their ability to perform day-to-day activities and reduce the need of support from family members, professional attendants or other care-giving services.
Our services and programs build the confidence of these individuals and improve the many skills they need to live, learn and work in their community."

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"Call us at 816-561-0304 for assistance. Our Information and Referral Specialists answer questions, provide information about The Whole Person’s programs and services and make referrals to Kansas City Metro Community resources that may assist people with disabilities in achieving independent living.

We provide information on services and support such as adaptive equipment [including telephone equipment for hearing loss], transportation, accessible housing and other resources. We also provide referral services to groups and agencies that handle specific issues or programs pertinent to an individual’s needs.

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Causes and Effects of Noise Pollution

Understanding Noise Pollution

Most of us are very used to the sounds we hear in everyday life. Loud music, the television, people talking on their phone, the traffic and even pets barking in the middle of the night. All of these have become a part of the urban culture and rarely disturb us. However, when the sound of the television keeps you from sleeping all night or the traffic starts to give you a headache, it stops becoming just noise and start turning into noise pollution. For many of us, the concept of pollution is limited to nature and resources. However, noise that tends to disrupt the natural rhythm of life makes for one solid pollutant.

By definition, noise pollution takes place when there is either excessive amount of noise or an unpleasant sound that causes temporary disruption in the natural balance. This definition is usually applicable to sounds or noises that are unnatural in either their volume or their production. Our environment is such that it has become difficult to escape noise. Even electrical appliances at home have a constant hum or beeping sound. By and large, lack of urban planning increases the exposure to unwanted sounds. This is why understanding noise pollution is necessary to curb it in time.

Causes of Noise Pollution

1. Industrialization: Most of the industries use big machines which are capable of producing large amount of noise. Apart from that, various equipments like compressors, generators, exhaust fans, grinding mills also participate in producing big noise. Therefore, you must have seen workers in these factories and industries wearing ear plugs to minimize the effect of noise.

2. Poor Urban Planning: In most of the developing countries, poor urban planning also play a vital role. Congested houses, large families sharing small space, fight over parking, frequent fights over basic amenities leads to noise pollution which may disrupt the environment of society.

3. Social Events: Noise is at its peak in most of the social events. Whether it is marriage, parties, pub, disc or place of worship, people normally flout rules set by the local administration and create nuisance in the area. People play songs on full volume and dance till midnight which makes the condition of people living nearby pretty worse. In markets, you can see people selling clothes via making loud noise to attract the attention of people.

4. Transportation: Large number of vehicles on roads, aeroplanes flying over houses, underground trains produce heavy noise and people get it difficult to get accustomed to that. The high noise leads to a situation wherein a normal person lose the ability to hear properly.

5. Construction Activities: Under construction activities like mining, construction of bridges, dams, buildings, stations, roads, flyovers take place in almost every part of the world. These construction activities take place everyday as we need more buildings, bridges to accommodate more people and to reduce traffic congestion. The down point is that these construction equipments are too noisy.

6. Household Chores: We people are surrounded by gadgets and use them extensively in our daily life. Gadgets like TV, mobile , mixer grinder, pressure cooker, vacuum cleaners , washing machine and dryer, cooler, air conditioners are minor contributors to the amount of noise that is produced but it affects the quality of life of your neighborhood in a bad way.

While this form of pollution may seem harmless, it in fact has far reaching consequences. The adverse effects on the health of the environment are quite severe. Not only is the local wildlife affected by the pollution, humans also face a number of problems due to it.

Effects of Noise Pollution

1. Hearing Problems: Any unwanted sound that our ears have not been built to filter can cause problems within the body. Our ears can take in a certain range of sounds without getting damaged. Man made noises such as jackhammers, horns, machinery, airplanes and even vehicles can be too loud for our hearing range. Constant exposure to loud levels of noise can easily result in the damage of our ear drums and loss of hearing. It also reduces our sensitivity to sounds that our ears pick up unconsciously to regulate our body’s rhythm.

2. Health Issues: Excessive noise pollution in working areas such as offices, construction sites, bars and even in our homes can influence psychological health. Studies show that the occurrence of aggressive behavior, disturbance of sleep, constant stress, fatigue and hypertension can be linked to excessive noise levels. These in turn can cause more severe and chronic health issues later in life.

3. Sleeping Disorders: Loud noise can certainly hamper your sleeping pattern and may lead to irritation and uncomfortable situations. Without a good night sleep, it may lead to problems related to fatigue and your performance may go down in office as well as at home. It is therefore recommended to take a sound sleep to give your body proper rest.

4. Cardiovascular Issues: Blood pressure levels, cardio-vascular disease and stress related heart problems are on the rise. Studies suggest that high intensity noise causes high blood pressure and increases heart beat rate as it disrupts the normal blood flow. Bringing them to a manageable level depends on our understanding noise pollution and how we tackle it.

5. Trouble Communicating: High decibel noise can put trouble and may not allow two people to communicate freely. This may lead to misunderstanding and you may get difficult understanding the other person. Constant sharp noise can give you severe headache and disturb your emotional balance.

6. Effect on Wildlife: Wildlife faces far more problems than humans because noise pollution since they are more dependent on sound. Animals develop a better sense of hearing than us since their survival depends on it. The ill effects of excessive noise begin at home. Pets react more aggressively in households where there is constant noise.

They become disoriented more easily and face many behavioral problems. In nature, animals may suffer from hearing loss, which makes them easy prey and leads to dwindling populations. Others become inefficient at hunting, disturbing the balance of the eco-system.

Species that depend on mating calls to reproduce are often unable to hear these calls due to excessive man made noise. As a result, they are unable to reproduce and cause declining populations. Others require sound waves to echo-locate and find their way when migrating. Disturbing their sound signals means they get lost easily and do not migrate when they should. To cope up with the increasing sound around them, animals are becoming louder, which may further add to the pollution levels. This is why understanding noise pollution can help us lower the impact it has on the environment.

As of now, there do not exist many solutions to reduce sound pollution. On a personal level, everybody can help reducing the noise in their homes by lowering the volume of the radio, music system and the television. Listening to music without headphones is also a good step forward. Removal of public loudspeakers is another way in which the pollution can be countered.

As is controlling the sound levels in clubs, bars, parties and discos. Better urban planning can help in creating ‘No-Noise’ zones, where honking and industrial noise are not tolerated. It is only when our understanding noise pollution is complete, can we take steps to eradicate it completely.


Fall Festivals
Visit KC ~ Events

Recurring daily, September 1-September 4, Noon-11pm, Fri.; 10am-11pm, Sat.-Sun.; 10am-5pm, Mon.
Independence Square, 112 W Lexington St., Independence, MO 64050

Recurring daily, September 1-September 3, From: 05:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday, September 2-October 15, From: 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Kansas City Renaissance Festival, 628 N 126th St., Bonner Springs, KS 66012

Recurring daily, September 7-September 10
LaBenite Park, Sugar Creek, MO 64058

Recurring daily, September 8-September 10
Westport, Westport Rd. & Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
KC Events, cont
Recurring daily, September 9-September 10, 11am-7pm, Sat; 11am-5pm, Sun
Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108

September 9
Downtown North Kansas City, Swift Ave., North Kansas City, MO 64116

September 9, 1:00pm-6:00pm
Bingham-Waggoner Estate , 313 W Pacific Ave., Independence, MO 64050

Recurring daily, September 15-September 18
Barney Allis Plaza, 12th and Central St., Kansas City MO, 64105

September 16, 5-10pm
E H Young Riverfront Park, 1001 Argosy Parkway, Riverside, MO

September 16
Waldo Area, 75th St. & Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131

September 16
Union Station Kansas City, 30 W Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday, September 22-September 24, 5-10pm Fri, 10am-10pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun
Country Club Plaza, 4750 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64112
Favorite Recipes
Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Grain-Free Sugar-Free Primal Paleo Pancakes

Yield: makes 12-16 cakes
Total time: minutes

1.5 large bananas (or 2 medium ones)
3 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1/2 tsp. ground ginger (optional)
Dash vanilla extract (optional)
Pinch nutmeg (optional)
Pinch salt

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender on high for at least 2 minutes, until perfectly smooth and there are lots of air bubbles whipped into the batter.
Heat a couple of tablespoons of stable cooking fat such as butter, coconut oil, or macadamia oil in a large pan on medium heat. When the oil starts to shimmer, pour in the batter to make 2.5" cakes. Allow the cakes to cook in the pan until almost all the way done before flipping; you'll see bubbles pop and stay "popped" when they are ready to flip. Continue cooking the rest of the cakes, adding a little more cooking fat to the pan before each new set of pancakes.
Serve warm with fresh fruit and butter to top, if desired.

See 17 Banana Pancake Recipes at Paleogrubs.