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Pod Cast Listings

From Japan to Parsons - Lee Bowman

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William "Lee" Bowman is 22 years old. Lee is originally from Japan. He lives in Parsons now. He enjoys artwork, and writing poetry and essays. One of the projects he is working to accomplish is to get a poetry book published that he is working to complete. Additionally Lee is trying to start a line of jewelry.

One of the recent essays Lee wrote is, "What SKIL means to me."

To me SKIL means freedom, confidence and peace of mind. Knowing that there is an organization that understands my disabilities, and can help me cope with them.

I also appreciate that SKIL helps the community not just prepare itself to deal with my disabilities but to also understand that even though I am disabled I am just as "human" as everyone else.

I enjoy hanging out at SKIL. And I consider the people at SKIL both employees and clients as close friends and even as a type of family.

I enjoy coming to SKIL knowing there are people here who either understand the challenges I face every day, or go through the same things I go through.

So SKIL to me means comfort in family, community, and in myself.


Lee lived with different family members before coming to America. Once in Parsons Lee lived at the youth crisis shelter. Lee lived there from the time he was sixteen until he was nineteen.

Now he lives in the Parsons community and things are going quite well. Lee has a job, a girl friend and a place to live. "I love Parsons. Parsons is great."

"The one thing I like at SKIL is the acceptance. Everybody is so accepting of everybody else."