SKIL was created by; is driven by; and is focused on persons with disabilities, their families, and communities. We provide Advocacy, Education,
and Support with Customer Controlled services to break down and remove existing barriers and bridge social gaps to ensure and preserve
Equality and Independence for all.


Effective 9/1/2017, We will no longer accept timesheets.You MUST use the Authenticare system to clock in & out.


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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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Donna Cruz

I Just Wanted More  

Donna lives in Parsons. She lives with her husband and two children. In 2002 a trip to Branson didn't turn out like planned. An accident put her mother in the hospital and her in the emergency room. Donna found out she had three crushed vertebra. She uses a wheel chair to be mobile.

Sable, her service dog weighs in at just two and a half pounds. But for Donna she is a very big part of her life. Sable picks up on the physiological changes that Donna experiences and wards off a medical crisis. This assists Donna in her recovery.  

"I had no idea where I was going to get the help past home health care." says Donna. Donna was a prisoner in her own home until she began talking to people at SKIL Resource Center.

 

Donna worked with SKIL to acquire an electric wheel chair and ramp. What she found out is that there is more at SKIL. She is independent. To view a brief video of Donna as she shares how to find the resources and people to assist you in finding a more independent life click the video below.

To view an accessible script click here