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.

Cinco De Mayo Audio Report

Alyssa Bernal a Senior and Carmen Chavez a Junior both of Parsons High School are this year's Cinco De Mayo Queen Candidates. The competition for the scholarship this year is a competitive opportunity for both of the candidates as they are keeping it a secret as to where there are in ticket sales.

The celebration this year will be May 7th at the Parsons VFW. Dancing starts at 8:00 PM. Bobby G. and the Brown Sound Band from Kansas City, Missouri will be providing the music. Proceeds from the event will benefit Hispanic Scholarships.

In discussing how the two candidates became involved in the activities Carmen shared, "I have been going to the dances since I was a little girl. When my aunt ran for Queen she won." With this thought of encouragement Carmen goes door to door and visits with friends and family about donating to the Celebration by selling tickets for a dollar each.

Alyssa in discussing how she became a candidate said, " Becoming a Queen Candidate has been a tradition in my family. My whole family encouraged me to do it." Alyssa has plans of attending Labette Community College and then transferring to Pittsburg State and traveling as a nurse.

Alyssa shared what Cinco De Mayo means to her, "It was a great day for my ancestors. It means a lot to my heritage. If it wasn't for that day things would be a lot different right now."

Carmen shared, "I think of being with family at the dance. Having a good time. I look forward to it every year.

Diversity in a community is one of the strongest elements in helping it grow. Both candidates are encouraged by the way business's, private individuals, and organizations in Parsons work together.

The Kansas quality of life is at risk

Governor Brownback has begun convening a series of economic development summits centered around the various components of the Kansas business community. Kansans for Quality Communities (KQC) believes that there is an equally critical role played by education, social services, and state infrastructure in the economic development of our state. A world-class education system, safe roads and highways, and quality care for our seniors and neighbors with disabilities all contribute to the development of strong communities that attract business and investment.

KQC formed two years ago with the intent of informing the public and the legislature about the value of these vital services and the threats to them in the continuing budget cuts taking place in this building.

We believe in a Kansas that can be recognized by its strong and vibrant communities - communities that work together to support each individual in ways that enrich the entire community.

Governor Brownback said something very similar in one of his signing statements earlier this month. The Governor said, “It is our calling to support the dignity of every human being whether that person is unemployed, uneducated, or unborn.”

Read more: The Kansas quality of life is at risk 

“Becoming Empowered: It’s YOUR Future!!

Join us for the upcoming webinar “Becoming Empowered: It’s YOUR Future!!” on May 17th @ 7:00 pm
NOTE: This webinar is dedicated for youth and young adults (ages 14+)

During this webinar, youth will learn about transition and how health is a big part of that. We will talk about the challenges to growing up and how to overcome them. By learning about leadership and advocacy, youth will be more prepared to take charge of their lives and health care. Most importantly, we want youth to imagine the possibilities that are just there waiting for them!!

Join us on Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00 PM (CST) for this FREE 1-hour webinar!
See log in information below.

Read more: “Becoming Empowered: It’s YOUR Future!!

Finding and Keeping the Right Job For People with Autism

KULifespanlogoFinding and Keeping the Right Job For People with Autism

8:30 a .m. to 4 p.m.  Thursday, May 19, 2011

University of Kansas, Edwards Campus, Overland Park

Wendy Parent, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor and Assistant Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities

This session will describe strategies to assist job coaches with making a good job match and designing instructional techniques to promote job performance and retention. Creative strategies for customizing the placement process and providing individualized supports during initial training and on- going follow-along will be presented.

Read more: Finding and Keeping the Right Job For People with Autism

New Counselor in Chanute Office

Linda-ChurchNew Independent Living Counselor for Chanute office

My name is Linda Church, I have three daughters and four grandchildren.  We are a very close family and all live in Chanute.  I attended school in Chanute all my life and  graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1996 with a BS in Social Work. One of my hobbies is I selling Avon and we love to go to the cabin at Tablerock. I am very excited about working for SKIL and the customers we serve.