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.


 
 

Due to the potential spread of the Corona Virus, all SKIL Offices will be closed to visitors and the general public until further notice.

SKIL staff will continue providing services while the offices are closed. Communication, during this time, will take place through phone, email or fax.
If needing to turn in or receive a hire packet and/or other paperwork, we encourage you to send your information by email to your local SKIL office.
When bringing paperwork to SKIL offices during regular business hours, call that office, and someone will come to the door to assist you.

 Thank You for your patience in these extraordinary times!


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Pod Cast Listings

Joe Reinecker and Lou Ann Kibbee discuss what is takes to be a good advocate.

Joe and Lou Ann Kibbee discuss advocacy attributesIn today’s interview Joe and Lou Ann Kibbee discuss the programs that she is working with in Western Kansas. The K-Loan program is an alternative finance program for people who have disabilities. The program opens up opportunities for people to get loans for assistive technology equipment and devices that would not be acceptable collateral in the conventional loan market.

Lou Ann explains that also a big part of her job is systems advocacy.  Self advocacy is learning to advocate for yourself. Individual advocacy is advocacy that benefits another person or that you advocate for or with the person.  System advocacy is advocacy that at a system level will benefit a larger group of people. Policies and programs that benefit people with disabilities would be an example.

Lou Ann was the 2015 recipient of the Corey Rowley National Advocacy Award in Washington, DC. at the National Council on Independent Living conference. 

“What are the attributes of a good advocate?” asked Joe.

“Oh Wow! I would say perseverance is one.” replied Lou Ann.  Learn more in today’s interview.