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.

Census Bureau: Mobility is most common disability among older Americans

census logo200Nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had at least one disability, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report that covered the period 2008 to 2012. Of those 15.7 million people, two-thirds of them say they had difficulty in walking or climbing.

Difficulty with independent living, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping, was the second-most cited disability, followed by serious difficulty in hearing, cognitive difficulty, difficulty bathing or dressing, and serious difficulty seeing.

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Gift guide for individuals living with paralysis now available online

2014giftguide200x200The Reeve Foundation's 2014 Gift Guide for Individuals Living with Paralysis is filled with great gift ideas to help you wrap up your holiday shopping.

A wide range of fun gifts tailored based on interests/hobbies, creativity and level of injury are available for purchase.

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SKIL Annual Holiday Celebration and Meeting Dec. 5, 2014

Dinner was ready and served by Ultimate Choice Catering with live music by Duke Mason to start the evening off.

Nancy Varner had the opening Prayer. And Rep. Rich Proehl welcomed everyone to the annual event.

Lou Ann Kibbee, NCIL President shared how the National Council on Independent Living is working on the behalf of all the people across the United States. She stated the the climate has changed in relation to independent living. "It is vital to get involved. It is time to get real" If you or someone you know is on or waiting on services she encouraged people to get involved at the local, state and national levels. She urged people to use their voices to advocate for Home and Community Based services. "It is not only a legal right but it is the right thing to do."

Annual Awards included:

1. Tom Robinson”Proving By Doing” to Pastor Steve & Gina Fellers – Greg Jones
2. John Spillman “Spirit of Independence” to Dean Jones – Janet Spillman
3. Sandra Klingensmith “Youth Award” to Donald “Shadow” Carnall – Sydney Carnall
4. Darlene Lomax “Above & Beyond” to Sylvia Garcia – Samuel Burnett
5. Marty Wooten Advococy Award – Greg
6. Independent Strides Shining Star to Lottie Cavin – Tarina Lane
7. Bobbie Carter Planned Giving Award to Everyone Plays Accessible Playground – Dave
8. “Believe & Achieve” to Jerry Bright – Samuel Burnett
9. Carolyn Freeman “Youth Award” to Ashlynn Wieckhorst –
10. Gary Cantrell “Excellence In Radio” to Joe (King) Reinecker – Brandon Nivens

Shari Coatney, President/CEO of SKIL Resource Center shared how much she appreciated the family atmosphere that existes within the SKIl organization.

The evening conlcluded with drawings for door prizes including a 24” LED HDTV donated by The Video Center, Parsons. A DJ and great music was enjoyed by the crowd aas they danced into the evening hours.

Resource Central - KU's Audio Reader Program

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This week's Resource Central is hosted by KLKC's Annette Tucker. The Audio Reader Program, based on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, is looking for volunteer readers from the Parsons/Pittsburg area.  This week’s edition of  Resource Central feature Feloniz Lovato-Winston, the Director of Development, and Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Nigro.  They talk about who qualifies for services available through the Audio Reader Program and volunteer opportunities.

If you have a topic or interesting story for Resource Central, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

This program is produced by the SKILmedia Radio Network. Max FM 93.5, U-Rock 99.1 FM, Fox Sports 1340 AM, and Katy Country 1540 AM. Listen to these stations throughout Southeast Kansas and share with your friends!

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Photos from 2014 Holiday Celebration

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ABLE Act passes House of Representatives

uscapitoldome-200The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to approve a bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act passed by a vote of 404 to 17 on Wednesday. The measure will now move to the Senate.

Under current rules, many individuals with disabilities can have no more than $2,000 in assets in order to qualify for needed government benefits. The ABLE Act would dramatically alter that scenario, allowing people with disabilities to establish special accounts at any financial institution where they could save up to $14,000 annually under current gift-tax limitations.

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