SKIL Resource Center would like to congratulate Jon Greenfeather and Karen Baker. They each were awarded a new Apple iPad at this year's ADA Celebration at the SKIL office in Parsons.
Jon and Karen expressed a heartfelt thank you as they accepted the new tablets. Jon plans to download some fun games and check out a little web surfing.
He shared, " I just thank SKIL for being there for me when I needed it. And still here for me. And if not, I don't know where I would be."
The next drawing for a pair of iPads is already in the works. Direct Support Workers that use the electronic call-in system and have a accurate time sheet will be eligible to be in the drawing.
Call 800-688-5616 and ask for the Fiscal Agent department if you would like more information.
The next drawing will be at the annual holiday event, "My Home for the Holidays"
Enjoy some photos of the ADA Celebration. Thanks to Skip Smith.
It's that time of year, once again!
Vince, Sharon, John and the rest of the Sheila Miller MS Bike Team 2014 are training for the Kansas City to Lawrence MS Bike Ride.
We hope to raise $20,000 to fund research to find a cure for MS, so future young mothers don't have to suffer like Sheila did.
Perspectives on the need to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)—an international treaty that would help advance the fundamental rights of individuals with disabilities from the United States and throughout the world— is such an opportunity. It would allow the U.S. to participate in formal conversations with over 100 ratified nations about how to effectively implement disability rights legislation.
In essence, it would give us a seat at the table to influence disability policy on a global level. Right now, we are sitting this out.
This disability treaty is personal to me. I have been an advocate of the treaty for years, in large part because I believe it will improve conditions abroad for Americans with disabilities—including a group very close to my heart, wounded veterans. It is important to understand what this treaty does, and does not do.
Career Tech Education is a program that pays for high school juniors and seniors to go to technical schools for up to two years for free if they study in a high demand occupation.
Their high school gets $1000 for every student that successfully graduates or gets their certificate of completion before they graduate from high school.
SKIL is proud to announce that it has received a $5,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 73 grants totaling over $537,550 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,380 grants totaling over $17.6 million since 1999.
SKIL Resource Center would like to thank the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for their support in assisting people with disabilities to remain independent and live in the community of their choice.
“Giving the gift of independence for individuals living with paralysis is why the Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center was created. We are honored to provide these organizations with Quality of Life grants to help make this vision come true for the paralysis community nationwide,” said Donna Valente, Quality of Life Grants Director, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “The organizations receiving these grants will offer much needed services that will bolster their communities and strengthen the lives of those accessing these critical programs and resources."
Plan to Join Us.
Regional meetings are being held for persons served, families, advocates, and providers so that you can be
Today, the President signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which replaces the outdated Workforce Investment Act of 1998. This new law represents a renewed commitment to workforce development with an eye to the future through innovation and support for individual and national economic growth.
It is aimed at increasing opportunities, particularly for those facing barriers to employment, and invests in the important connection between education and career preparation. It looks to the prosperity of workers and employers and focuses on the economic growth of communities, regions, and states to enhance our global competitiveness as a country.
By Tawny Stottlemire, Executive Director
Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and his federal Health Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is conducting a study about disability and poverty.
Their goal is to explore why it is difficult to move out of poverty if one has a disability.
- From NCIL: WIOA overwhelmingly passes House, moves to President’s desk for signature!
- Statement by the President on Wednesday's passage of the WIOA
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- An important message from NCIL's Lou Ann Kibbee
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- Enhanced Vision giving away a new portable electronic magnifier
- KYEA now accepting nominations for Justin Cosco Scholarship Award