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.

SEK AT takes the challenge

Southeast Kansas Assistive Technology takes the ALS ice bucket challenge.

 

Nation’s 911 System inching towards greater accessibility

A new federal rule is paving the way for 911 services to become more accessible for people with disabilities.

The Federal Communications Commission will require all wireless carriers and certain other applications that allow users to send text messages to facilitate text-to-911 services by the end of the year under a rule adopted earlier this month.

The offering is considered to be of particular benefit for those who are nonverbal or have hearing disabilities as well as people with speech and other communication difficulties.

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Obama signs Autism Act Renewal

Obama portrait cropWith little fanfare, President Barack Obama signed a reauthorization of the nation’s primary autism legislation that includes more than a billion dollars in federal funding for the developmental disorder.

Signed on Friday, the law calls for $260 million annually through 2019 for autism research, prevalence tracking, screening, professional training and other initiatives.

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Education Advocate Training coming to Pittsburg Nov. 18

EducationAdvocateTrainingLogoNearly 800 children in DCF or JJA custody are in need of someone to represent them in special education matters. This free training is for birth parents, resource parents, DCF contracted agency workers, and volunteers.

Current education advocates would also benefit from this training as the reauthorized law will be presented. Proof of attendance and 5.5 hours of continuing education credit is available for case managers and resource parents.

This training is provided by Families Together, Inc. through a contract with the Kansas State Department of Education. (Individuals, including resource parents, who are employed by a school district or cooperative that provides educational services may not serve as education advocates for children receiving services in that district. DCF workers are not eligible to serve.)

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HELP WANTED: Benefits/SNAP Coordinator

Benefits/SNAP Coordinator

Job Description—The Independent Living Center

Reports to: Core Services Manager

Status: Non-exempt, full-time

Submit Resumes to: Derek Collier This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or fax to 417-659-8087

Position Summary:

The Benefits/SNAP Coordinator will provide information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and application assistance to families with special consideration for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Additionally, the Benefits/SNAP Coordinator is responsible for finding innovative ways to increase the capacity of SNAP outreach among partner agencies. This position is grant-based and is available while funding is available.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Outreach

  • Conduct outreach work with partner agencies and educate low-income individuals about available benefits with special attention to SNAP benefits, administer pre-screenings, assist with application completion and follow-up.
  • Educate staff and volunteers of partner agencies about ways to provide SNAP outreach and assistance.
  • Participate in community meetings, collaborations, and forums to educate groups about the SNAP program.
  • Deliver presentations on SNAP.
  • Develop and conduct SNAP outreach workshops.

2. Provide information and referral help to individuals and families, program staff and volunteers based upon a comprehensive understanding of food resources and other available benefits. Responsible for remaining up-to-date with changes in SNAP and sharing this knowledge with local partners.

3. Advocate reducing barriers that currently hinder SNAP enrollment.

4. Reporting functions include:

  • Activity reporting for funding purposes
  • Data recording as required by our partners at the National Council on Aging (NCOA)
  • Application tracking and follow-up

5. Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or three years related work experience or the equivalent.
  • Experience working in or with social services community organizations.
  • Experience in community outreach and advocacy.
  • Effective problem solving skills and the ability to quickly asses issues and develop new strategies.
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Windows and Office environment (Word, Excel, Outlook) and standard office equipment.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail, deal with interruptions, and maintain focus on tasks while producing accurate work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively when speaking and in writing using standard forms of professional and office communication.
  • Ability to make presentations and develop and deliver reports to a varied audience.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
  • Individuals with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Must be willing to travel regionally with occasional over-night travel.

The Sheila Miller MS Bike Team is in training!

BikeMS Logo-300x300It'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.

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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.