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.



FREDONIA, Kan.—The SKIL Resource Center in Fredonia will hold its free annual customer appreciation picnic on October 4 and invites the public to attend.

The picnic will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Grace First Assembly Church,  1102 Washington. A free meal of fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, dessert, and drinks will be served. There will be special speakers and door prizes.

SKIL holds the free picnics every year, to thank its customers and to further introduce the public to SKIL, a local non-profit independent living center that serves people with disabilities. The picnics are held in towns where SKIL has a branch office.

“I always look forward to seeing our customers from Wilson County,” said SKIL President/CEO Shari Coatney. “Today, the Fredonia area community is a better and safer place for people with disabilities. The community is very supportive of SKIL and our work. Their loyalty is definitely felt with the success of this event.”

Founded in 1992, SKIL serves people with all types of disabilities or those whose environment is disabling. Headquartered in Parsons, SKIL has branch offices in Chanute, Columbus, Fredonia, Independence, Pittsburg, and Sedan. The agency serves over 4,500 customers with disability needs. More than 2,000 staff work through SKIL, a major southeast Kansas employer.

In addition to operating the center for independent living, SKIL also operates an alternative lending program called K-LOA N that enables people with disabilities to purchase assistive equipment; and Assistive Technology for Kansans sites in Parsons and Wichita that provide assistive technology and training, as well as other programs related to technology.

For more information, call Fredonia SKIL at 1-866-927-4881, Parsons SKIL at 1-800-688-5616 or contact any SKIL office. On the web at: