Those who suffer in silence.

We take for granted the things we know, our supports, our resources, our supplies and our suppliers. We think that if we know about them then everyone else must know about them. Surely those who need what we have know, right? After all, we found out about them. Or perhaps we don’t think that at [...]

By | October 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. To promote employment of people with disabilities PILR coordinates Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) in Hutch and Pratt.  This is an internationally recognized program where people with disabilities/mentees are matched with an employer/mentor for a day of career exploration.  PILR has focused on our youth with disabilities.  High school students [...]

By | October 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The beauty of inclusion

Picture this; You walk into a room and realize you don't know anyone. You look around for a familiar face and start to get a bit nervous. You are in a new environment, dealing with a new situation and you’re all alone. You take a deep breath to steady yourself and continue to look around, [...]

By | September 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Roger Remembered

PILR staff Remembers Roger Chris Owens, Executive Director: Roger believed that everyone has the right to live, love, work and play in the community of our choice, and to that end was quite outspoken.  Roger's passion was working with our youth with disabilities.  He wanted them to be proud of being a person with a [...]

By | August 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

You Can’t Go Back

You can’t go back! “We ought not to look back, unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience.”     -George Washington There are about a million clichés an quotes about not being able to go back in time, but, there are still people always want [...]

By | August 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Last Friday was a Special Day, Friday the 13th When the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday, there is a certain dread that some people seem to acquire. Superstitiously, it is seen as a day of bad luck and to make sure you avoid situations that are certain to increase your bad luck [...]

By | July 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments


WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING? Recently my husband and I were asked if we could be featured in an organization’s newsletter as a couple where one of the partners has a disability.  Of course, we said that would be fine.  It got me to thinking about comments that have been made over the years to him and [...]

By | July 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ignorance is Bliss

Ignorance is Bliss? You may have heard the saying “Ignorance is Bliss” you may or may not fully understand the implications of this phrase. If we start with the word ignorance, it is defined as the lack of knowledge. The idea that it could be “blissful” is that if you don’t know about something you [...]

By | July 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Independence Day

The 4th of July is next week! Independence Day In 1776, the United States of America was started by the second continental congress who voted to declare their freedom from the British Empire. They declared that all men are created equal and that they should have certain rights among which include life, liberty and the [...]

By | June 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Happy Friday, Enjoy your first official summer weekend! Every week I wake up at 6:00 get myself and my son ready and head to work. As a night owl this is not my favorite time of the day. In fact it’s not till my coffee hits my system and the caffeine does its magic that [...]

By | June 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments