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.

If you are not working or working reduced hours due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.






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.  DSW Essential Worker - Proof Form


ALL Exception forms are due by the 5th & the 20th of the Month.
Exception forms received late will be paid on the Late Batch, which is called in ON paydays.

Any time sheet received past 10:00 am on Paydays WILL pay the FOLLOWING pay date.

This change is in accordance with The Federal Reserve requirements of our Financial Institution.
Please be sure to use the Authenticare Call system for prompt payment.




In Memoriam: Linda Gonzales -- Helping Rural CILs Drives Her

In Memoriam: Linda Gonzales (5/24/45 - 7/27/13)

Linda GonzalesBy Janine Bertram Kemp

Independence Today Article

She’s a braniac with gorgeous blonde hair and deep red lipstick. In these, her middle-age years, she still can turn heads. She is well dressed and moves through the world in her power chair. Linda Gonzales is also softspoken -- more of a doer than a self-promoter.

Gonzales is a leader who likes to anticipate issues. She sees problems coming and offers answers. She has been looking at the potential funding crisis for centers for independent living (CILs) and is primed to find solutions.

Read more: In Memoriam: Linda Gonzales -- Helping Rural CILs Drives Her

From NCIL: Senators release joint bipartisan statement on the Rehabilitation Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The U.S. Senate has released a historic memo regarding NCIL’s highest priority, reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act and the establishment of an Independent Living Administration (ILA). Specifically, the offices of Senators Harkin and Alexander issued a statement highlighting significant Independent Living provisions within the legislation.

S. 1356, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and its contained Rehabilitation Act was formally introduced on Tuesday. We need our members to take action now by contacting Senators on the HELP Committee to make sure that this bill goes to the Senate floor for a vote.

Read more: From NCIL: Senators release joint bipartisan statement on the Rehabilitation Act

From The White House: Observing the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

By Claudia Gordon
Associate Director of The White House Office of Public Engagement

This Friday, July 26th, marks the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a landmark law that profoundly changed our nation. On the trajectory of forming a more perfect union, the passage of the ADA in 1990 was a major step forward in keeping a key promise of the American experiment: ensuring equal opportunity for all. This is personally important to me.

As an immigrant, as an African American woman, as a civil rights attorney and as a deaf person, the ADA is more than just a law. It is a concrete symbol of hope and opportunity for me, for my family and for the millions of Americans with disabilities who simply want the chance to be full and active members of our society, participants in our democracy and our economy who can be self-sufficient.

Read more: From The White House: Observing the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

From NCIL: Senate introduces S. 1356 to reauthorize the Rehab Act!

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is extremely excited to announce that a bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, S. 1356, to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and its contained Rehabilitation Act.

Staff from the offices of Senator Harkin and Senator Alexander made an announcement this morning at 10 AM during the NCIL Conference, presenting a bill that has historic significance for Independent Living, including the introduction of a new Independent Living Administration (ILA).

Read more: From NCIL: Senate introduces S. 1356 to reauthorize the Rehab Act! 

"Diabetic Care Group" SCAM ALERT!

The Independent Living Center of Joplin had a consumer contacted this morning by a group claiming to be "Diabetic Care Group," stating that the consumer needed to change their diabetic supply provider.

They had a lot of the consumer's information and they sounded very reputable, but it turned out to be a scam. When we contacted the actual Diabetic Care Group out of Mississippi, we were told that they have received numerous calls today with concerns about the scam.

They are not calling people and it is a scam! Please be vigilant, and if called by this scammer please contact your local police.