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.

Heroes Category

Donna Fox

donna_fox.jpg Donna Fox and her thoughts on Independent Living

Donna has been with SKIL for approximately seven years. She has recently moved into her own house from an apartment. Finding accessible and affordable housing was a challenge. "I have always been a private person and I've tried to become as independent as possible...."  Living in an apartment some things come easy and there are new challenges living in a private home.

 

Donna is working to reclaim many of the things a person might take for granted such as; coming and going, shopping and just daily life as an adult. Donna shared that without the support of SKIL and working together she would have moved to a nursing care facility. Donna shared that without SKIL and her family support she wouldn't be where she is now; living in her own home.

 

Prior to Donna meeting SKIL she had worked in the Social Service Industry herself. But even with that training she was not aware of all the services that are available. Donna said "But when I found out about SKIL and that I could self direct my care. Be at home and relearn how to do everything rather than be put somewhere; where I didn't have a choice to have any independence. Because this can happen to any one of us."  Video at read more icon

 

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Janet Thompson has been a PCA for over 16 years.

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janet_thompson.jpg Janet Thompson is a life time resident of the Parsons area. Growing up Janet became aware of people with disabilities at an early age. Her mother had Polio when she was nine.

Janet recalls how being persistent and not giving up was a positive impact on her mother. She shared how her father built an adaptive device for her mom's bed. This was part of the reason why she was a fighter and never gave up.

Janet has worked over sixteen years a Personal Care Attendant (PCA). She shared how an accident, "Basically turns your life upside down". But people can still do their job.

As we discussed being a PCA and the work that goes along with that job, Janet said, "One thing my dad taught me a long time ago...Don't treat anybody any different than you would want to be treated".

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Time Sheet Submission

DSW Electronic Time Sheet Submission can now be done directly through the SKIL website. Take a photo of your time sheets and supporting documents and upload directly to the SKIL website at the DSW Submit Timesheet page.  There is a sub-menu link for it directly below the "DSW time sheets" menu located in the top menu and in the left menu of the home page.