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.

U.S. Senate Fails to Pass Disability Treaty

Washington, DC - ADAPT joins the rest of the disability community in expressing our deep disappointment that the majority of Republican Senators voted against ratifying the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD).

Whatever the individual rationale, this vote is a slap in the face against the community integration principles that are the foundation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the disability community which has worked so hard to secure ratification of this treaty.

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SKIL to Close Yates Center Office

Parsons, Ks – The Southeast Kansas Independent Living Center (SKIL), based in Parsons will be closing the Woodson County SKIL Office, located at 119 W. Butler in Yates Center on December 31, 2012.  According to SKIL Chief Executive Officer Shari Coatney, this action is being taken in response to changes brought about by KanCare, which is being implemented by the state of Kansas.

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Family Peace Initiative Program to Continue Operation

Parsons, Ks –The Southeast Kansas Independent Living Center (SKIL), based in Parsons and Halley Counseling Services, PA (HCS) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement involving the Family Peace Initiative (FPI), a certified program focused on helping those who batter make lasting changes to stop domestic violence.  SKIL will terminate administration of the batterer intervention program December 31, 2012.  HCS will take over operation of the program on January 1, 2013, with no interruption in services.  The contact phone number for FPI will continue to be 620-778-8026.

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November 2012 SKIL Newsletter


Check out the November 2012 issue of the SKIL Newsletter. CLICK HERE to READ NOW.

Here is this quarter’s edition of the SKIL Newsletter. You can download and print the pdf or just read it on your computer!

It contains information regarding changes to how the U.S. Treasury will distribute benefits starting early in 2013, as well as info on KanCare. Also, please check out the Special Message from SKIL Director of Development Dave Sorrick on page 4.

All of that and more, just download the pdf CLICK HERE. 

Susan Schulze has been a large part of SKIL’s growth

Susan Schulze SKIL Resource Center’s human resources coordinator, Susan Schulze, has been an integral component of the organization’s growth since she came aboard in 1996.

She first joined SKIL as an assistant to one of the directors, Greg Jones. A few months later, she took on personnel duties as the organization was establishing outreach offices in each of the counties it served.

Schulze said she started out with one file cabinet.

“As we continued to grow and grow,” Susan said, “the files also grew – especially with personal care attendants (PCAs)” 

The customer base went from a couple of hundred to more than 5,000.

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From USICD: Thank you!!! CRPD is on the move!

Convention on Rights for Persons with Disabilities logoOn Tuesday we marked a major milestone... the Motion to Proceed on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities passed in the Senate! (See vote count here). All of your incredible work is paying off.

The Motion to Proceed allows the CRPD to be brought up for consideration. Now that this hurdle is passed, amendments will be discussed and then when the Senate Majority Leader feels confident we have the 67 votes we need, he will move to a final vote. Below are materials about filibusters and cloture - procedural issues that may come up.

There is no time to waste -- this is THE TIME to get all of the YES votes firmed up!

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Time Sheet Submission

DSW Electronic Time Sheet Submission can now be done directly through the SKIL website. Take a photo of your time sheets and supporting documents and upload directly to the SKIL website at the DSW Submit Timesheet page.  There is a sub-menu link for it directly below the "DSW time sheets" menu located in the top menu and in the left menu of the home page.