SPIL Stakeholder Forum Notice
The Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas (SILCK) and the Centers for Independent Living in Kansas are holding stakeholder forums in 5 cities across Kansas to gain information on goals and issues regarding Independent Living for Kansans with disabilities. The SILCK and the CILs plan to use this “grassroots” input to help write the next State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). Independent living demands consumer empowerment, control, equal access, and integration. We hope that by hearing from the people first, we can better reflect what the needs are of people with disabilities and come up with an effective plan to truly make Kansas an inclusive community.
Please join us for open discussion in the Chanute area at:
Thursday November 12th, 2015 10am to 12pm
Chanute Recreation Commission, Party Room
400 S. Highland
Chanute, KS 66720
Joe Reinecker and Judy Blunk discuss how being a part of a community helps everyone be more aware of the needs of a community. A person can find volunteering at a non-profit organization like SKIL can be very rewarding. As a person is helping others, you may find you are helping yourself.
By Nancy G. Holman
Two employees of the SKIL Resource Center have recently won prestigious awards for their work on behalf of people with disabilities. SKIL is an independent living center headquartered in Parsons that serves people with disabilities.
Long-time employee Lou Ann Kibbee, of Hays, recently received the Corey Rowley National Advocacy Award at the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Conference and Annual Meeting, held in July in Washington, D.C. NCIL is a Washington-based national grassroots advocacy organization that advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities.
Kibbee received the honor at NCIL’s awards luncheon during the conference “…for her tireless efforts organizing and energizing Americans with disabilities in support of independent living…” according to information listed on the award that Kibbee supplied.
“The purpose of the National Advocacy Award is to recognize individuals or groups/organizations for outstanding systems advocacy efforts consistent with independent living goals and philosophy on a national level,” said NCIL Vice-President Mark Derry, who presented the award.
The Fredonia SKIL office will host its free annual Wilson County Customer Appreciation Picnic from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, October 9th at the First Assembly of God Church in Fredonia. The church is located at 1102 Washington St. In keeping with the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, 1990 this year’s picnic will be themed “Everyone Has a Part in the ADA.”
SKIL is a Kansas-based independent living center that serves people with disabilities. Headquartered in Parsons, it has branch offices in Fredonia and other Kansas locations.
The entire community is invited to the free picnic, held each year by SKIL offices to show appreciation to its customers and to thank the communities SKIL serves. The popular annual event will include hot dogs, chips, cookies and more. “There will be lots of door prizes, gift certificates and bags,” said Fredonia SKIL employee Melanie Burnett. “We hope to see a lot of people in the community come out.” Fredonia SKIL employee Ed Viers said “The picnics give the organization an opportunity to express its appreciation for the people we are privileged to serve. We appreciate the support of the various businesses and individuals in the community whose donations help make this possible.”
For more information, contact Fredonia SKIL at: 1-866-927-4881, or stop by its office at: 623 Monroe St. in Fredonia. On the web at: www.skilonline.com