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Hero Videos

Marlo Barnhart

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 Things can change very quickly; from having a family, to living by yourself. Even to begin seeing life from a wheelchair point of view. Marlo Barnhart has learned that and so much more.  

She used to be a left handed country girl. Now she is a city girl that lives by herself.  She is still left handed. 
There is a knock at the door and a neighbor drops off today’s mail. Friends and family are close and a big part of Marlo’s independent life style.  
 “I still do the same things. It just is different and may take a little longer.” stated Marlo.  She discussed everyday chores like cooking, cleaning and driving her car. She explained how she had to learn to do them differently. “I had to learn to get out of bed, how to cook, wash dishes, and clean house; all from the perspective of being in a chair.”  
  After a car accident five years ago Marlo Barnhart couldn’t return home. It was not accessible. She moved into an apartment. Apartments are ok but Marlo wanted something of her own and more permanent. The house she found was great in being accessible inside and only needed an entrance ramp.  Marlo worked with SKIL to accomplish the needed changes. Marlo explained it was more valuable to have people to work with that understood her needs. The peer support was very encouraging as she began to work to set up a new life for herself. “I’m stronger now, than I was.” Marlo stated.  
 One of the restaurants that I like to eat at didn’t have a ramp to get inside. I talked to the manager and also asked SKIL to help. Now the restaurant has a ramp. Marlo explained how it was good to feel it was partly because of her actions. Click here for accessible transcript
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Diana Pitt


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“Independent Living Heroes” are in most every town inAmerica. SKIL would like to introduce you to one. Maybe it is two.

Diana Pitt, lives in her own home with her daughter Jane.Useing the community supports available inYates Center,Kansasand the in home care throughSKILResourceCenterthey are “Independent Living Heroes”. 

Diana says in my own home there are; “No strings to hold me back. If I want to visit family, friends or just go outside, I can do it.” 

Diana and Jane work together. Jane provides the physical support when; “Mom is having a clumsy day.” Dianna provides the role model that has assisted her daughter in becoming more involved and a part of the community they live in. 

In addition to volunteering at local non-profit organizations and delivering Meals on Wheels, Jane is planning a trip toTopekato advocate for allKansasresidents that have a disability. 

Diana just wants everyone to know; “If I can do it you can do it.”

If you would like to watch a brief video of Diana and Jane as they share their thoughts and adventures on Independent Living, visit our Proving By Doing Pages. 

If you have someone, you would like to suggest as an “Independent Living Hero” email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or contact any of the SKIL outreach offices.

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