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.

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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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Standards to Examine, Help Eliminate Differences in Care Based on Race, Ethnicity, Sex, Primary Language, or Disability

HHS Announces New, Refined Survey Standards to Examine, Help Eliminate Differences in Care Based on Race, Ethnicity, Sex, Primary Language, or Disability

 November 2, 2011
The Department of Health and Human Services today released final standards to more consistently measure race, ethnicity, sex, primary language, and disability status, thereby improving our ability to highlight disparities in health status and target interventions to reduce these disparities.

"It is our job to get a better understanding of why disparities occur and how to eliminate them. Improving the breadth and quality of our data collection and analysis on key areas, like race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, is critical to better understanding who we are serving," Secretary Sebelius said. "Today, through these new standards, we are providing a new set of powerful tools to help us achieve our vision of a nation free of disparities in health and health care."

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Improving intercity bus service in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is conducting an online survey to better understand existing and future intercity bus system needs in the state and encourages everyone to participate.

“Information from this survey will help identify where changes can be made to provide the best intercity bus service possible,” said Stephanie Watts, KDOT Transportation Planner.

Intercity buses carry passengers over long distances with generally only one stop location per city. Currently, intercity buses operate 24 hours a day within Kansas and cover 1,400 route-miles with stops in 21 cities across the state.
The survey is part of a study to gather data, identify needs and develop ways to improve intercity bus service in Kansas. KDOT is responsible for issuing federal subsidies for intercity bus service.

To participate in the survey, go to KDOT’s website, and click on the KDOT Intercity Bus Study logo on the right.

Reducing Barriers to Healthcare

KU research center working to reduce barriers to health care for people with disabilities

Kara Laning

Lawrence resident Kara Laning gets some help from Ranita Wilks, left, who is an independent living skills specialist at Independence Inc. Laning was taking a cooking class Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at Independence Inc, 2001 Haskell Ave. Laning said she learned to cook healthier through a program called Living Well. The program is among a dozen that come out of the Kansas University’s Research and Training Center on Independent Living each year. Wilks is involved in another program that's working to increase health care access for people with disabilities. by Richard Gwin

Lawrence resident Ranita Wilks has heard the horror stories about women with disabilities who have had such humiliating experiences during a doctor’s appointment that they didn’t go back.

Sometimes, it’s an issue of not having a mammogram machine that’s adjustable or a restroom that’s not wheelchair accessible. Sometimes, it’s a provider’s attitude or lack of education. Wilks said a woman with cerebral palsy didn’t go back for a pap smear after her doctor told her she would need someone to hold down her legs which have spasms. About 10 years later, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

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Yates Center Customer Halloween

Yates Center Holloween eventThe annual Halloween Customer Appreciation Picnic in Yates Center was an awesome success! The weather was undoubtedly the best we could ask for.

Due to the outstanding conditions we had several entries in this year’s auto show. Some were big some were small. The community joined in the festivities and there were plenty of hot dogs, chips, drinks and of course candy to go around. More photos at read more. 

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The Chair

Ashlynn Wieckhorst wrote this poem in about 5 minutes waiting for her aunt to get off work. Ashlynn is the daughter of Melissa Wieckhorst a PCA for SKIL and the neice of Melanie Burnett IL Coordinator in Fredonia. She is a Junior in High School in El Dorado Kansas.  She has had 4 of her poems published in the past. Full poem at the read more icon...

Starring out the window

at the street below

What's she thinking?

No one will ever know

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