October 2016 News 

Help us celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  
Please share stories of inclusion in the workplace @DPIKansasCity 
and use hashtag #inclusionworks throughout the month. 

Read on to find out more about upcoming events including 
how you can support DPI by shopping at Charming Charlie 
in Lee's Summit on October 28!
Upcoming Events:

October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 20: Deadline to submit survey to St Louis Autism Partners to prevent barriers to ABA services.   Click here for more information and to complete survey.

October 21:  Jackson County Parks and Rec Pumpkin Prance Dance at Roger T. Sermon Center, Independence.  For more information, call 816.763.5130.

October 24:  DPI Charming Charlie fundraiser - Join us 4pm - 6pm at Charming Charlie at Summit Fair (Lee's Summit) and a percentage of your purchase will support DPI's programs.  Get a jump on holiday shopping.   Click here for a flyer.  Flyers must be shown (printed or on mobile device) at checkout.

October 26:  Greater Kansas City Missouri Disability Mentor Day - FREE event for job seekers having disabilities.  For more information, visit DMDinKC.org or email DMDinKC@aol.com or call Brian Ellefson at 913.239.9776.

November 1: Entry deadline: DD Awareness Day Poster  -  Click here for more information.

November 1: Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network Disability Champion Luncheon.   Click here for more information and to register by October 24.

November 4 - 5:  Missouri Miss Amazing 2016/2017 - Find more information at missamazingpageant.com.

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 - More details to follow...

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!  Stay tuned for lots of fun opportunities related to this event.

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

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
September 2016:

DPI Employment Connections
Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month.  DPI Employment Connections will be spreading the word throughout the month on social media by sharing articles related to employment for individuals having disabilities.  Our employment division will also actively engage in getting employers involved by sharing po sters that can be displayed in their business and inviting them to find out more at a reception hosted by Developing Potential.  

DPI has partnered with Lee's Summit Lifestyle magazine in October to spread the word and will also be releasing a media advisory.  

Join us in celebrating Disability Employment Awarness Month by posting to social media using #inclusionworks @DPIKansasCity.
January - June 2016 Outcomes and Quality Service Indicators

At DPI, we are constantly engaged in evaluating our services and how well they meet the needs of the individuals we serve.  We do this in a number of ways.  A few of the ways we do this are to measure and report how we are meeting Missouri Quality Outcomes for individuals having disabilities, evaluating needs assessments and providing satisfaction surveys.   Click here to see a report of our January - June 2016 outcomes.
Health News from DPI
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection (pneumonia, abdominal infections, kidney infection, bloodstream infection).  Sepsis occurs when chemicals in the body are released into the bloodstream to fight off an infection; these chemicals trigger an inflammatory response throughout the body.  This inflammation can cause a cascade of changes that can lead to the damage of multiple organ systems, causing them to fail.

If sepsis progress to septic shock, blood pressure drops dramatically, which may lead to death.

Anyone can develop sepsis, but it is most common and most dangerous in older adults, those with a weakened immune system, are already sick, have wounds, or have invasive devices.  Other risk factors includes the rise in drug-resistant bacteria and the over use and/or inappropriate use of antibiotics. Early treatment of sepsis, usually with antibiotics and large amounts of IV fluids, improves chances of survival.

To be diagnosed with sepsis, you must exhibit at least two of the following symptoms, plus a confirmed infection.
                Body temperature above 101 F or below 96.8
                Heart rate higher than 90 beats a minute
                Respiratory rate higher than 20 breaths a minute

Your diagnosis will be upgraded to severe sepsis if you also exhibit at least one of the following signs/symptoms:
                Significantly decreased urine output
                Abrupt change in mental status
                Decrease in platelet count
                Difficulty breathing
                Abnormal heart pumping function

To be diagnosed with septic shock, you must have the signs/symptoms of severe sepsis, plus extremely low blood pressure that doesn't adequately respond to simple fluid replacement.
Source:  MayoClinic.org
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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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