March 2017 News 

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

Please see important dates and information below.
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Upcoming Events:

March: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 

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

March 3:  Autism Across the Lifespan education opportunity - Click here for more information and registration.

March 6:  Lee's Summit Community Blood Drive  - DPI will be participating in this community event with The Wolf FM as a part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.  

The blood drive will be held 11am - 4pm at the City Hall, 2nd Floor, 220 SE Green St., Lee's Summit.  Pre-registration is encouraged through the Community Blood Center.

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

March 8:  Friends of DPI Parent Information and Strategic Planning Meeting at DPI Independence Site - 7pm

March 9:  Friends of DPI Parent Information and Strategic Planning Meeting at DPI Kansas City Site - 4pm

March 11:  Katie May Miracle Foundation Puzzle Night - Click here for flyer!

March 30 and 31: Reverse Job Fair hosted by DPI and Kansas City Regional Office
Click here for flyer.
Click here for registration form.

April 2:  World Autism Day

April 7:  DPI closed for Staff In Service

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.   Click here.

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 for more details.

July 3 and 4:  DPI closed for Independence Day holiday

September 29:  DPI closed for Staff In Service
Bill Gibbs Retires from Developing Potential
Board of Directors
Special thanks to Bill Gibbs for his many years of
service to Developing Potential!
DPI Night at the Missouri Mavericks!
Thank you to all who participated.  We had a great time!

Join us on Facebook and share your 
photos from the event
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.  

Click here for a flyer.
Click here for a registration form.

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.
Health News from DPI
The Differences Between Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sterilizing

So often the terms cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing are used interchangeably.  This is a common misconception and it is important to know the difference.

Cleaning, in the infection control context, refers to the mechanical removal of visible surface contaminants.  This process generally includes soap, water and a detergent, using hand scrubbing or other devices.  Cleaning is an essential part to any effective infection control procedure.  You will find that while cleaning does remove soils and reduces microbial population, it won't actually kill bacteria or viruses.

Disinfectants are products that are applied to inanimate surfaces or objects to kill many or all microorganisms except resistant bacterial spores.  These products are often purchased in concentrated form and mixed with water to provide a usable strength solution that is effective.  Many disinfectants don't stand up well to dirt, so cleaning is an important first step. Some disinfectants are designed for a specific purpose, such as surfaces or floors.  All disinfectant products are categorized and regulated by the EPA as "pesticides."  Disinfectants are poisons and should always be handled with care.  Also, disinfectants are only effective when they are applied per instructions for the correct time period.  If a surface disinfectant requires 5 minutes to be effective, it will not do its job if it dries on the counter or is wiped off in three minutes. Sanitizers are products that clean and disinfect. 

Sterilization is an extreme physical or chemical process that eliminates all forms of microbial life, including transmissible agents (such as fungi, bacteria, viruses, and all bacterial spore forms).  Sterilization is required for instruments or tools that penetrates the skin and contacts the vascular (blood) system.  Sterilization can be achieved by applying heat, chemicals, or irradiation.

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!

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 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 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
February 2016:

Thanks to two anonymous donors, DPI Independence 
received 5 iPads in February!
Our individuals appreciate your support and 
love using technology!


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