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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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NCIL Action Alert: Invite Your Members of Congress to the 2014 NCIL Congressional Briefing & Reception on Capitol Hill!

NCIL-LOGO-250wIt is time for the annual NCIL Congressional Briefing & Reception on Capitol Hill!

We are asking for your help to get your member of Congress to attend this briefing. NCIL, as the national advocate for CILs, SILCs, and the Independent Living philosophy, has the sole mission of being your voice in Washington and representing your interests.

NCIL conducts this annual briefing in order to educate members of Congress on a number of relevant policy initiatives that aim to advance disability rights and the ability of Americans to live more independently.

Read more: NCIL Action Alert: Invite Your Members of Congress to the 2014 NCIL Congressional Briefing &...

CRO of HOPE Chili Cook-off winner announced

The winning entry in the CRO of HOPE Chili Cook-Off held Sat., Feb. 8 at the Parsons "Cool Collectibles" Collectors Show has been announced by the event organizers.

The beef chili entered by the K-LOAN team was judged to be the winning entry and won the $35 first-place award.

The chili entries were tasted and judged by a three person panel that included Cpl. Christopher Cummins of the Parsons Police Department, Bradley “Blue” Blake of KLKC radio and Lyle “Catfish” Catron, a collector at the "Cool Collectibles" show from Nevada, Mo.

Read more: CRO of HOPE Chili Cook-off winner announced

Learn about Indpendent Living History

What is Independent Living? This module will discuss the ways in which Independent Living philosophy and concepts differ from the medical model and traditional rehabilitation. This module will also provide familiarity with some of the disability leaders and events that launched, developed, and now sustain the Independent Living Movement. Disability was thought of almost exclusively as a medical, rehabilitation, and charity issue, from the 19th Century until about 1960.: The focus was on searching for medical cures to alleviate disabling conditions. 

Page link to training page : http://www.ilru.org/il-history-and-philosophy-orientation-for-il-staff

Mod 1 video: http://ilru.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/8343332dee7846e68b7dec048d1254ef1d?catalog=8cd4135c-7fa3-4c10-908b-cdeb960738b3tlink.com/sites/default/files/Media/History_DVD/ILRU_MOD1.ram

The goal was to either “fix” people with disabilities or to segregate those who couldn’t be “fixed” in institutions. Let’s take a look at how Independent Living philosophy significantly differs from this traditional medical model/rehabilitation paradigm. The medical or rehabilitation paradigm defines disability as a defect in the individual. This way of looking at a disability centers on a medical professional who intervenes in the person’s life. This inevitably leads to a social role for the person with a disability as a powerless patient who is dependent on the experts for direction and decisions. Most people in this situation either never gain control or lose any control they did have. Expectations by professionals are generally low in terms of the person with a disability holding a job or living a constructive life. Read More

Kansas Youth Leadership Forum extends application deadline to Feb. 21

KYEA-smKYEA is announcing that the delegate application deadline for the 2014 Kansas Youth Leadership Forum has been extended for a final time to February 21, 2014.

This second extension is being made in order to provide more youth with the opportunity to apply this year. So, do you know of a high school junior or senior with a disability who has leadership potential or interest? Then they have one last chance to apply for this year's KSYLF!

The 2014 Kansas Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities will be held July 14-19, 2014 at Washburn University in Topeka. The KSYLF is an annual conference that is heading into its 14th year serving students with disabilities across the state.

Read more: Kansas Youth Leadership Forum extends application deadline to Feb. 21

GI Bill Online Complaint System established

13779861 BG1The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, along with agency partners Defense, Education, Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Trade Commission, today (Feb. 4) launched an online complaint system designed to collect feedback from veterans, service members and their families who experience problems with schools when using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the Military Tuition Assistance Program.

Military and veteran students and their family members can now submit feedback at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/feedback.asp.

Read more: GI Bill Online Complaint System established