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.

NEW! List of Prohibited Offenses for Direct Support Workers and SKIL Employees
Effective 9/1/2017, We will no longer accept timesheets.  You MUST use the Authenticare system to clock in & out.



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Help Wanted

Help Wanted   Apply at: ON LINE SKIL APPLICATION

SKIL Resource Center is seeking to hire an Ambassador of First Impressions / Receptionist in Fredonia KS.  Part-time.  Must possess basic clerical and computer skills and work well with the public.  Need to possess an understanding of the Independent Living philosophy.  Interested persons may call Susan at 1-800-688-5616 to receive an application or apply online at  S.K.I.L. is an EOE.  Qualified persons with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Team Work

Working Together ........... Video at the end of article
Standing Ovation for Teamwork
By Rita Nance 
I’d like to tell you about another example of our SKIL team in action working together so that together we could all have access to the caucus. I, along with seven other customers would like to give the following persons a round of applause for their collaboration, namely: Pat Roark, Rusty Roark, Terri Newberry, Gwain January, Joe Casillas, Mo Crain, Shassh, Bev Burton, Trina Jones, Andrey Webber and Debbie Hamilton, so eight persons including myself were able to have full participation at our recent SILCK caucus. These members of the Pittsburg and Columbus offices met the early morning of August 12th on behalf of their consumers, loaded 8 scooters onto a trailer driven by Cindy Zahn and transported them (and consumers) to the 2009 Kansas Disability Caucus. 

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Pittsburg Picnic

Pittsburg Annual Customer Appreciation Picnic  Slide show of Skip Smith photos is at end of article.

pittsburg_picnic_people_at_table.jpgThe annual picnic was held in the Immigrant Pavilion for the third year in a row.  The theme for an old fashioned picnic was carried through by a boxed dinner of fried chicken, potato salad, green beans, and bread and butter.   And when you think of grandma's picnic, you always had lemonade and ice tea to complete the meal.  For those old time picnics, you made do with what you had so, for table decorations, Sharon a Pittsburg counselor,  picked wild flowers from her property and arranged them in glass root beer bottles that Lou Ann's family had been  collecting.  Her husband and daughter love to help, and Sarah even sacrificed by drinking multiple root beers in one night.

Sen. Bob Marshall, Rep. Bob Grant, and candidate Jeffery Locke attended the picnic and spoke briefly to the crowd.  Rep. Julie Menghini sent her regards; she had had a previous dinner engagement scheduled with the Governor.  Also, Ann Emerson, Sen. Brownback's local representative sent their regards.


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Daniel Cox Tribute

Gov. Directs Flags to Half-staff for Two Kansas Soldiers Killed in Action       

Written by Annette Tucker    

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 

Funeral services were held Monday at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium for Corporal Daniel Lee Cox.  People from the community joined members of the Patriot Guard by lining both sides of the 100-block of South 17th Street to await the arrival of the flag draped coffin carrying Specialist Cox that was accompanied by his family. Those in attendance offered a silent salute while holding flags.


322 motorcycle riders came to Parsons from all over the state.  They were led by Terry Houck, the Kansas state captain and founder of the Patriot Guard, organized by the American Legion Riders Post 136 in Mulvane on July 24, 2005.  More than 9-thousand members stand ready to honor fallen soldiers at their funerals and protect families from protestors.  This support is also offered to law enforcement personnel and firefighters killed in the line of duty. 

Also in attendance were at least four Gold Star Mothers, including the past National President of the Organization, Betty Jean Pulliam, who lost her son in Viet Nam on May 14, 1967, and the President of the Wichita Chapter Anita Dixon who lost her son Sergeant Evan Parker in Iraq on October 26th, 2005.  The Patriot Guard stayed to escort the funeral procession to Oakwood Cemetery shortly before 4:30 p.m., even though the area was under threat of another severe thunderstorm. 

Governor Mark Parkinson directed flags to be flown at half-staff throughout Kansas from sunup to sundown Monday and Tuesday for two soldiers killed in Afghanistan September 12th in separate incidents. 

Ladder trucks from fire department in Parsons and Pittsburg formed an arch with a large U.S. flag on the east side of entry way to the downtown area.  The Parsons Police Department was joined by the Labette County Sheriff's department and other emergency personnel from throughout southeast Kansas to help with traffic control and pay their respects to Corporal Cox.  The Patriot Guard, Gold Star Mothers, and Blue Star Mothers planned to be in Arkansas City Tuesday for the funeral of  Sgt. Tyler Austin Juden.  

ADAPT at Artist Alley

Southeast Kansas ADAPT in the Artist Alley Parade: Click here for photo coverage

There were five members of the Southeast Kansas ADAPT in the Artist Alley Parade, plus three other people.  They were Rick Knight, Leigh Ann Spilman, Rodney Summers, Susan Roberson, Eddie Crowell, Austeen Legitt (The daughter of Elaine Legitt), Summer Spilman ( The daughter of Leigh Ann Spilman), and Amanda Harris (Rodney Summers's PCA)

Everyone had a real good time in the parade as Summer and Austeen handed out candy to the children and Leigh Ann and Amanda was out in front carrying the SKIL banner.

NCAC Bake Sale at the Artist Alley:artist_alley_9_09_001.jpg

On Saturday September 26, 2009 The Neosho County Accessibility Coalition and SKIL staff and customers did a bake sale at the Artist Alley to help raise money for the next ADAPT trip to                   Atlantis, Georgia. 

They also asked for support for the Community Choice Act.  Orange ribbons were given out to people who said, "Yes, I will support the Community Choice Act bill".

The NCAC/SKIL raised $115.00 at the Bake Sale.  We here at the Southeast Kansas ADAPT would like to thank everyone that help out with the Bake Sale, in baking, buy stuff for the bake sale and in selling.