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Summary by Nancy G. Holman
Today Joe Reinecker features longtime SKIL employee Diana Clanton, the Independent Living (IL) Coordinator for SKIL’s Sedan branch office. Clanton has worked for SKIL nine years, the first six as a receptionist. She became a Coordinator three years ago.
Clanton helps people with disabilities and others in a variety of ways, including applying for Kansas homestead tax refunds, getting food commodities, new roofs for houses, wheelchairs for better mobility, assistance regarding health insurance and other needs. She works closely with the Parsons Assistive Technology (AT) for Kansans site, one of two Kansas AT sites operated and managed by SKIL. AT provides assistive devices for people with disabilities.
“Basically, (if) anybody comes through the door, I try to help them,” said Clanton.
SKIL’s ability to provide social services to people in the area community is often challenging because Sedan is in a very rural area of Kansas. Clanton noted that housing and transportation are quite limited, and this can create barriers for both people and the organizations which serve them.
One of Clanton’s ongoing efforts involves trying to improve area transportation that is available to everyone, and to help bring additional housing units to the Sedan area so that people who choose to live in their own homes instead of a nursing home will be better able to do so.
SKIL deeply appreciates Clanton’s long-term commitment and quality service to Sedan and Chautauqua County. We look forward with her to the future, when additional existing life barriers for people will be removed, creating healthier communities for everyone. Listen to the entire interview now.