September 2017 News
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Upcoming Events:

Now - September 6 at midnight - Enter DPI's Raised Royal Raffle!   Click here for details.

September 4: DPI closed in observance of Labor Day

September 7-10:  DPI Papa John's fundraiser.  You save 30% and 20% goes back to DPI.  It's a Win/Win!   Click here for flyer.

September 11 - 15:  Staff Appreciation Week at DPI!  Join us in thanking our staff throughout the week for their dedication and love!

September 8 - Jackson County Parks and Rec Dinner and Dance.   Click here for more information.

September 15:  Arc of Missouri Education Summit.   Click here for flyer.

September 16: Heart of the Summit sponsored by Lee's Summit Rotary.  Join DPI at the Heart of the Summit to benefit first responders.   Click here for more information and registration.

September 24: Step Up for Down Syndrome.   Click here for registration and info.

September 29:  DPI closed for Staff In Service

October 14:  Lee's Summit Education Foundation Race for the Future.   Click here for information and registration.

October 23:  DPI Pizza Ranch fundraiser.   Click here for flyer.

October 24: Disability Mentoring Day at Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.   Click here for more information.

December 1: Mark your calendars for DPI's "What Makes Me Smile" Community Recognition Gala with keynote speaker and humorist Brad Neider.   Click here to find out about sponsorship opportunities.
and while we are talking about Royals....

Click here to find out more about the Kansas City Royals
newly enhanced accessibility initiatives from persons having disabilities.  
DPI in the Community

Direct Support Professional positions available at DPI's
Independence, Lee's Summit and Kansas City locations.

Click here for job description, requirements and more information.
DPI Employment Connections

The Job Accommodation Network (funded by the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy) has developed an online tool to help businesses successfully recruit, hire and retain applicants and employees with disabilities. The Workplace Accommodation Toolkit includes sample accommodations, procedures, training videos and examples from leading U.S. businesses for creating an inclusive workplace. The Toolkit provides inclusive practices at various phases of the employment life cycle for hiring managers and supervisors, human resource professionals and advocates.
This tool is a valuable resource to assist employment support professionals with identifying possible supports through career planning and job development; fostering greater independence on job sites and engaging community employers.  

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.
DPI Health and Wellness:
Allergies: Not Just a Problem in the Spring
Although fall allergy triggers are different, they can cause just as many symptoms as spring and summer allergies.

Ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger in the fall.  Though it usually starts to release pollen with cool nights and warm days in August, it can last into September and October.  Ragweed pollen can travel for hundreds of miles on the wind, so even if it doesn't grow where you live, it could still affect you. 

Mold is another fall trigger.  You may think of mold growing in your basement or bathroom, but mold spores also love wet spots outside.  Piles of damp leaves are ideal breeding grounds for mold.

Don't forget about dust mites.  While they're common during the humid summer months, they can get stirred into the air the first time you turn on your heat in the fall.

Allergy Symptoms:  Runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, dark circles under the eyes

There are many over the counter (OTC) medications you can use to help ease the symptoms of fall allergies.  As always, you should speak with your doctor before starting any new medications.
  • Nasal sprays can help reduce inflammation in your nose.
  • Antihistamines help stop sneezing, sniffling, and itching.
  • Decongestants help to relieve stuffiness and dry up the mucus in your nose.
Other helpful tips:
  • Stay indoors with the doors and windows closed when pollen is at its peak (usually in the late morning or midday).
  • Before you turn on your heat for the first time clean you heating vents and change the filter.
  • Use HEPA filters in your heating system to remove pollen, mold, and other particles from the air.
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep you air at between 35% and 50% humidity.
  • Wear a mask when you rake leaves so you don't breathe in mold spores.

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 
August 2017:

 Five Below, Pete and Mac's Resort, Integrity Real Estate,  Lee's Summit Lifestyle Magazine, 
 Top Golf,  and Glenwood Arts Theater.   

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