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.
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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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Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2016 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy!

This a reminder that Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2016 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy! The ACI summer leadership training prepares Autistic students to create systems change on their college campuses. View and download the application here. Applications are due February 21, 2016. 

Accepted applicants will travel to Washington, DC and participate in advocacy training at Gallaudet University from May 28 to June 4, 2016. Participants will acquire valuable skills in community organizing, policy formation, and activism. Travel and lodging are fully covered by ASAN.

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Watch the video of our 2013 alumni sharing their experiences

Applicants must identify as Autistic and be current college students with at least one year remaining before graduation. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network will cover travel and lodging costs for all ACI students. We especially encourage students of color, LGBT students, students with intellectual disabilities, AAC users, and students from other or multiply marginalized communities to apply.

To apply, please submit a completed application by February 21, 2016 to Natalia Rivera Morales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “2016 ACI Application.”

View and download the 2016 application here.

If you need assistance or accommodations at any stage, please contact Natalia Rivera Morales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Change in AuthentiCare Call-in System Messages

Changes in the IVR Prompts and Language for Direct Support Workers on January 22, 2016:

The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Prompts and Language will change early January 22, 2016 as follows:

  • A Direct Support Worker (DSW), upon entering his/her Worker ID on January 22, 2016, will hear the following prompts:
  • To Check In, press 1
  • To Check Out, press 2
  • For hours worked this week, press 3
  • A Direct Support Worker (DSW), at the end of a check-out, will hear:
  • You worked ___hours and ___ minutes for employer (client name, if self-direct) OR (agency name, if agency-direct).
  • “IDD” will replace “MRDD” and “DD” in AuthentiCare to match current IDD waiver language.  “IDD” will be seen in AuthentiCare and in the Mobile App.  “IDD” will be heard on the IVR.  Please advise all Direct Support Workers they will hear “IDD” as a replacement for “MRDD” or “DD” on January 22, 2016.
  • Personal Care Services will replace all attendant care services in AuthentiCare to match current waiver language.  On January 22, 2016 this change will be made in AuthentiCare.
  • Personal Care Services will be listed as the acronym “PCS” and will be displayed in AuthentiCare and in the Mobile App.  “PCS” will be heard on the IVR.  Please advise all Direct Support Workers they will hear “PCS” for Personal Care Services early on January 22, 2016.  For instance, “FE Level 1 Attendant Care” will be “FE Level 1 PCS.”

KanCare eligibility

The eligibility process for KanCare moved to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on January 1.

At the same time there has been an increase in the number of calls going to the KanCare Clearinghouse, and wait times have increased.

The Clearinghouse number is 1-800-792-4884

It is best to leave them a message and they will respond as soon as possible. If your case is more complicated or urgent, you may send a letter explaining the details.

Please fax your letter to the fax number that is appropriate for your case:
Fax details of cases dealing with families and children to 1-800-498-1255;
Fax details of cases dealing with the elderly and disabled to 1-844-264-6285.
Thank you for your patience.

Angela de Rocha
Director of Communications
Office of the Secretary
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
785 296-6154
785 806-7482 Cell
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Open House in Pittsburg with KSEK

2015openBy: Lou Ann Colyer

Lou Ann Colyer, coordinator in the Pittsburg SKIL along with her receptionist Steve Simon and Josie Nugent, new owner of 99.1 hosted a Christmas open house party on Thursday, December 10, 2015.  Together they wanted to wish the customers and DSW’s a Merry Christmas.  Lou Ann and Josie from 99.1 invited local business owners to stop by and say hello also. Lou Ann is active on a number of boards in Pittsburg and her fellow committee members were invited to come by and enjoy a cookie and a glass of punch.   It’s a good time of the year to take a minute and appreciate all of the people in your life.

 Approximately 75 people stopped in during the day.  Representatives Adam Lusker, Chuck Smith, and Pam Henderson, representative for Sen. Moran were in attendance and Shari Coatney, SKIL’s CEO, and others were able to share concerns about the issues affecting the state today.   Dave Sorrick and Greg Jones along with others in attendance talked about Rep. Bob Grant and his passing. People talked about how he fought a good fight and stood up for what was right, he always spoke for those who couldn’t.   A number of customers stopped in, too many to mention everyone, but to name drop a few were Jerry Cox, Connie Johnson, Steven Busby, Patrick Swank, Ed Reynolds, Beverly Reynolds,  and Jenny Gallet. 

KOAM finished off the day by interviewing Josie about the importance of the day.  She talked about SKIL and then her Anti-bullying Billboard contest.  She lost her son, Luke to suicide due to bullying.  She is promoting a contest currently with school children to draw an anti-bullying message in honor of Luke.  

It was a great day to visit with old friends, make new ones, and to remember those who passed.