UMass Medical School is conducting an online survey to learn about the health care experiences of mothers with physical or mobility disabilities before, during, and after pregnancy. This survey is part of a research study.
United Healthcare Foundation announced the round 3 grantees for funding today in Parsons. Following a presentation of a check for $122,273.00 the representatives of United Healthcare Foundation and Assistive Technology for Kansas toured the SEK Assistive Technology Access site.
Guest learned how the Assistive Technology (ATK) site includes Agrabiltiy, the KEE Program, and the KLoan Program.
ATK connects people with disabilities and health conditions of all ages with the assistive technology they need to learn, work, play and participate in community life safely and independently.
Some of the equipment at the AT Site includes CCTVs, TAP phones, DME, etc.. Staff were able to do many hands on demonstrations to help people understand what ATK does from the big picture perspective.
Gwain January, independent living coordinator in the Columbus office, retired from SKIL March 31.
There will be a retirement celebration for him Tuesday, April 14, 1:30 p.m. at the Parsons SKIL office, 1801 Main, in the CRO Room on the second floor.
January served the disability community for 18 years before his retirement. Everyone is invited to attend, have some cake and wish Gwain well!
This week’s Resource Central is hosted by Annette Tucker and features an interview with long-time SKIL employee Pam Spohn. She talks about her long-time involvement with SKIL and mentions that she was the first hired employee for the company. Pam discusses with Annette about her recent retirement and continued involvement as a volunteer for SKIL.
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Spohn Retires After 22 Years At SKIL, Returns To Volunteer
By Nancy G. Holman
It was 1993 and Pam Spohn was job-hunting after finishing an 11-year stint as a Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) food stamp caseworker. (SRS is now called the Department for Children and Families, or DCF).
“My Mom saw an ad for SKIL in a weekly newspaper that came out of Chanute,” said Spohn, then 39 and living in Fredonia. “I wasn’t working, so I needed to find a job.” SKIL is a multi-faceted independent living center that serves persons with disabilities in Kansas. Headquartered in Parsons, it has branch offices at various other locations in the state.
Spohn was hired for the Parsons front office, beginning a wide-ranging, memorable career that would span 22 years. She retired recently from the popular independent living center that, by her own admission, she cannot long avoid.
Recalling her long career as SKIL’s first employee after returning as a volunteer, Spohn reflected on the agency and its people she has served with her own brand of unswerving dedication, loyalty and love.