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.

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columbus thanksgiving 2008

Columbus Family and Friends

Submitted by Gwain January


November 26th Columbus SKIL held their Thanksgiving and Advocacy dinner at the Columbus office. Approximately fifty people joined together to make this a special day. The meeting and dinner went very well. Leslie Demo the Sexual Assault and Children’s Advocate from the Women's Crisis Center gave a presentation on Domestic Violence & why women will stay in the home where violence occurs.  Leslie explained that the violence cycle typically continues to escalate until the victim is seriously injured or dies.


The SKIL staff worked with the local grocery store and provided a smoked ham. Staff and customers brought in several side dishes and desserts.  After the presentation from Leslie; customers and staff visited like one big family laughing and having a great deal of fun. Everyone got “stuffed” with no food left. Jami Frobish brought a large cooker full of chicken & noodles in which the noodles were home made. She is known as the” Noodle Lady” now.

Just a short note on Rick; 

I really want to Thank those who have sent prayers, passed on that he was very ill, and really care about him. We were pretty close to losing him and if prayer and gut feeling would not have guided us to transfer him to K.U. who knows if he would be here today.  Rick always wants to attend the S.K.I.L. events so he can visit with everyone.  So Karen & I Thank each and every one of you!!!, for your support.

Wanted to hire CFO

Wanted to hire: Chief Financial Officer November 25, 2008

Whole Person, Inc. , the independent living center serving the Kansas City metro area for 30 years, is seeking an experienced Chief Financial Officer to join a dynamic management team. The CFO will oversee all fiscal and business operations and have a high level of involvement in the integration of administrative operations with programs and services. Candidate must have a thorough knowledge of financial and cost accounting practices with a highly developed financial analysis capability, demonstrated management and teaming experience, and excellent communication skills.  Supervision of accounting, accounts receivable and accounts payable staff. Strong computer skills.  Ten years of progressively responsible experience in financial management. CPA or masters in related field with experience working in not-for-profits preferred. Competitive salary and benefits package. Personal experience with disability is preferred. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to David C. Robinson, Executive Director.All applications must be sent electronically via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  no later than Friday, November 30, 2008. Please see the attached Position Description.

The Whole Person is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, military veteran status, or political party affiliation. People with disabilities and individuals from diverse populations are encouraged to apply.

Thank you!

David C. Robinson, Executive Director

The Whole Person, Inc.

3420 Broadway St., Suite 105

Kansas City, MO 64111

Women with Disabilities at Risk for Partner Abuse

Women with Disabilities at Risk for Partner Abuse 

Find out about "The Family Peace Initiative" another service of SKIL Resource Center CLICK HERE

By Megan Rauscher

October 27, 2008

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study shows that women with a disability are far more likely to experience a physical assault by a spouse or other intimate partner than those without a disability.

Intimate partner violence is "an understudied issue in much need of attention," Dr. Brian Armor, who led the study, told Reuters Health. "We need to ensure that prevention initiatives designed to reduce intimate partner violence explicitly include the needs of adults with disabilities (e.g. ensuring shelters are accessible).

To estimate disability prevalence and differences in intimate partner abuse among women with and without a disability, Armor and his colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, analyzed data from the CDC's 2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System -- a large annual telephone survey of Americans designed to monitor the prevalence of key health behaviors.

They found that women with a disability were significantly more likely than women without a disability to report experiencing some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime (37.3 percent versus 20.6 percent).

Read more: Women with Disabilities at Risk for Partner Abuse

Independence Advocate

Letter to Editor: Independence Advocate

My name is Mary B. Laskowski. I am writing this letter to all of the people of my community to express my love and gratitude to a group of people who have changed my life.

Several years ago I became disabled. My life felt like it was over. Fear and depression took over my life. I lost myself.

Then a friend of mine told me about SKIL (Southeast Kansas Independent Living). At first I didn't believe her. It all sounded too good to be true. But, I gave it a chance. Now nothing but good things to say about the people who make up the group of advocates called SKIL.

I have come home with SKIL. I have regained myself with the help of those dedicated people. I am now full of hope for the good of humanity.

The SKIL group is dedicated to the self direction of people with disabilities. SKIL leaves no stone unturned to make to make sure people with disabilities have their needs met so they can function as human beings. But, it is not just the providing of material needs which SKIL is dedicated to doing. SKIL is also dedicated to an attitude of compassion and love for all people. SKIL is there for me. SKIL is there for everyone who needs SKIL's assistance.

The work SKIL does is important to the health and well being of families and communities. Those who are members of the SKIL group look for the strengths and dreams of people. They help people to realize that they have choices. People are then empowered to make the choices they need to make, to live better lives.

The work SKIL does leads to healthier families and communities.

Happy Thanksgiving Fredonia

Happy Thanksgiving Fredonia

Submitted by Melanie Burnett

Fredonia held their Advocacy meeting on the 20th of November. There were 37 people in attendance at the


Assembly of God Church in Fredonia. As everyone was coming into the facility you could tell it was going to be a great day. It may have been a little cold outside but the turkey and dressing style dinner that was being served hot from the stove by the staff and volunteers was hot and ready. Using the resources of technology Bill Cochran made a phone call to find out how to make the gravy. After a prayer from Ed Viers the staff and volunteers served the customers and personal care attendants. Many of the members of the advocacy group brought to the dinner pies, cakes, salads and all the trimmings for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

Melanie Burnett shared some of the vital statistics needed about upcoming holiday schedules and Bill Cochran also talked about the Kansas Food Assistance Program. SKIL is now making available to everyone in the Southeast Kansas area an outreach program about the Kansas Food Assistance Program and will be glad to fill out the necessary forms and explain how to access the resource. Melanie let everyone know that SKIL Fredonia will be distributing commodities on the 8th of December and that people coming to the distribution will need to bring proof of income.  Everyone was informed that the SKIL office will be closed Thanksgiving and the Friday after. The days SKIL will be closed in December for the Christmas holidays are December 24th through January 1st 2009. Over all it was great fun and a BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HELPED.