November 2016 News 

Thankful?  We are, too!  Working with individuals at Developing Potential 
gives us an opportunity every day to be thankful and to 
experience  the thankfulness of others.  

Share your gratitude with us by posting what you are thankful for 
@DPIKansasCity on Facebook and Twitter.
Upcoming Events:

November 18:  Jackson County Parks and Rec Turkey Trot Dance at Gregg/Klice Community Center, Kansas City.  For more information, call 816.763.5130.

November 28:  DPI Pizza Ranch Fundraiser - Click here for flyer.

January 15: Main Event Entertainment DPI fundraiser - More details to follow...

January 27: Artwork submissions for the Directors Creativity Showcase 2017 due. Click here for more information and forms.

January 31: Governor's Council on Disabilities submissions due.  See article below.

February 19: DPI Night at the Missouri Mavericks hockey game!  Tickets are on sale now!  What a fun night! Click here for flyer and ticket order form.

February 28: 15th Annual Missouri Youth Leadership Forum applications due. Click here for forms and information.
 DPI is looking for volunteers to help with our Pizza Ranch fundraiser on 
Monday, November 28.  Please respond to this email if you would like to
help us raise funds clearing tables and helping customers from 4:30-6PM; 6 -7PM or 7-8PM.  Click here for fundraiser details..
Join us on social media for Giving Tuesday.

@DPIKansasCity

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Governor's Council on Disability
Nominations due January 31, 2017

The Governor's Council on Disability (GCD) is currently accepting nominations for its 25th annual Inclusion Award, the 4th annual Youth Leadership Award, and the 1st annual Website/IT Award.  The deadline for submitting nominations is January 31, 2017.
 
The Governor's Council on Disability promotes full participation and inclusion of the nearly one million Missourians with disabilities in all aspects of community life by educating citizens, businesses, schools, universities and others of their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
 
The Inclusion Award is presented annually to recognize and honor a Missouri resident, organization, business or state/local government division that illustrates excellence in leadership for the "best of the best inclusion practices." Innovative universal design and assistive technology concepts that incorporate people with disabilities may also be submitted. The nomination form and criteria are available here.
 
The Youth Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding Missouri youth (age 16-26) with a disability that has demonstrated exemplary leadership by making a difference in their community. Youth with disabilities can be nominated here.
 
New in 2016, the Website/IT Award recognizes and honors a Missouri non-profit organization, business or local government that provides the most outstanding and accessible website. The nomination form and criteria are available here.
 
Nominations may be submitted online, via fax (573-526-4109), email ( gcd@oa.mo.gov) or mail (Governor's Council on Disability, PO Box 1668, Jefferson City, MO 65102). The award presentations will be at the Power Up conference held in April of 2017 in Columbia.
 
For more information or questions, contact the Governor's Council on Disability at 573-751-0880.
Thank you to the following for donations
October 2016:
Josh Haynes stopped by DPI to 
share a  generous donation from
WellCare Community Foundation
and was greeted by our individuals served.

Thank you for this fantastic donation toward
DPI's health and wellness programs.




DPI Employment Connections


Change can be scary, but it can produce big rewards!

Meet Anthony

Anthony has been a part of DPI Employment Connections since 2012.  For several years, he was employed by a local computer repair company and loved his job.  Anthony has a great deal of knowledge of computers and this company was a great fit for him.  He knew the owner well, they had a great rapport and Anthony was very happy.  Then, the news came that the individual that owned the business would be retiring.  Anthony was disappointed and apprehensive.

Change can be a very uncomfortable feeling for all of us.  We want the comfort that routine has to offer, but there can be great gains to stepping out of your comfort zone, or at least looking at changes that are outside of your control as exciting opportunities for new experiences.  That's exactly what Anthony did.  With the support of his Community Employment Specialist, Angela Clark, Anthony began looking for new opportunities.  What he found was amazing!

By exploring several computer repair businesses, Anthony and Angela had the opportunity to meet Matt, the owner of Velocity Computer Tech, LLC in North Kansas City.  Matt was interested in learning more about DPI Employment Connections but he was really interested in learning more about Anthony, his skills and his experience.  You see, Matt had greater ideas than Anthony even imagined.

Anthony went through the same hiring process all employees go through, he met a great group of guys that genuinely like working together and he was thrilled with the opportunity to be on such a great team and enjoy many opportunities to socialize with his co-workers outside of work, too.

Recently, Anthony began working on his Sophos certification so he can receive a pay raise that will further Anthony on his road to independence.
Health News from DPI

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a type of staph bacteria that's become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary infections.

There are two types of MRSA infections, most occur in people who have been hospitalized or in other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis clinics.  When it occurs in these types of settings, it is known as health care associated MRSA.  The other type of MRSA infection occurs in the community-among healthy people.  This form, community-associated MRSA, often begins as a painful skin boil.  It is spread by skin-to-skin contact.  At-risk populations include groups such as high school athletes, child care settings, and people who live in crowded conditions.

Symptoms
Staph infections generally start as a swollen, painful red bump that might resemble a pimple or spider bite.  The affected area may be:  Warm to the touch, Full of pus or other drainage, and/or accompanied by a fever.  These can quickly turn into deep, painful abscesses that required medical treatment, including surgical draining.  Most of the time the bacteria remains confined to the skin, but they can also burrow deep into the body causing potentially life-threatening infections in bones, joints, wounds, the bloodstream, heart valves, and lungs.

It is important to remember never to squeeze these areas or attempt to drain the infection yourself, this can actually cause the infection to become much worse.  Keep a close eye on the site; you can draw a circle around the area watching for an increase in size and redness.  If the wound appears to be infected or is accompanied by a fever, see you doctor. 
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!
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