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by Andy Rausch and Joe Reinecker
Kyle Phillips is a 23-year-old Parsons man who receives services from SKIL. He has been a part of the SKIL family since he was 18, after having graduated from Sowers Alternative High, a special needs school in Wichita. Of his time at Sowers, Kyle says, “School was pretty tough, although if I hadn't gone there I would never have learned that I could sketch and draw, and also do poetry quite well. One of my teachers even bought one of my paintings at one point for a hundred bucks! I was really happy about that.”
Kyle suffers from a number of disabilities, including dyslexia, Bipolar Disorder, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. “According to my aunt, I literally have 99 pages of diagnosed disabilities,” explains Kyle.
He receives services from SKIL, having a daytime direct service worker in his home to assist with hygiene and meal preparation. In addition, he is also employed at the SKIL office in Parsons. He does a variety of jobs, including assisting with “confidential paperwork” and janitorial duties such as cleaning and trash disposal.
Kyle is extremely thankful for SKIL. “Thanks to them, I am able to work,” he explains. “I've tried getting a job at almost every single place in Parsons and they've all turned me down, saying I would be a liability due to the number of disabilities I have.”
“I love my job, because it allows me to get out of my apartment, which is good because I don't like being alone for long periods of time,” he says. “Also, it's more interesting than being bored. And many times I've met other people who are kind of like me, but are not as happy as I am. So I try to help them get happy.”
In his spare time, Kyle likes to sketch and write poetry, as well as read science fiction and fantasy fiction. “Reading and being dyslexic is tough, but it's fun. It's like deciphering a puzzle, although it gives you a headache after a while.”
Of his time with SKIL, Kyle says, “If anyone has a disability and is considering trying to get services from SKIL, I'd tell them it's a good idea. They've been very helpful. My life is been a rocky ride, but who doesn't love a little chaos in their life?”