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Summary by Nancy G. Holman
Today Joe Reinecker features Judy Blunk, volunteer independent living coordinator at the Chanute SKIL office.
Judy’s been in a power chair for three years and has many life issues. She said SKIL has really opened her eyes up, by putting her own disabilities into better perspective after attending the 2015 Kansas Disability Caucus and seeing others that are worse off than she is.
“Some people had limbs a lot shorter than mine (that) they were born with,” she said. “Some had work-related problems. It put them in a chair where they had to wear pillows in their chair. (I also saw) people that were blind/couldn’t see different things.”
Though Judy herself has several disabilities, she has a wonderful, positive outlook on life. SKIL appreciates her as a dedicated volunteer at the Columbus SKIL office, where she serves as both a receptionist and an Independent Living (IL) Coordinator.
Judy takes employment applications and helps field phone calls from people who want to be on SKIL services. She also screens people for becoming Direct Support Workers (DSWs), who help people with disabilities with their needs, including housework, shopping and other needs.
Judy wants Cherokee County to become fully accessible to people with disabilities, “not just in Columbus, but in Cherokee County, period,” she said. That’s a good goal, and Judy’s inspiring outlook on life will help achieve it as she continues to serve Columbus SKIL.
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