Join us for CIL Online Activities in September!

Please check out our latest September calendar of online activities!

On Tuesday, Youth Social Group runs from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM. On Wednesday, Independence Hacks (ILS) runs from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Everything can be reached on Zoom through the meeting ID: 352 378 7474 and password: cilclass.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Terri Poucher at 352-378-7474 or We hope to see you there!

CILNCF Food Distribution Program still going strong!

We wanted to give a big shout out to Kevin and Grace in our Ocala office for all of their hard work with expanding our essential item and food distribution program! On average, 100 people with disabilities per month are receiving essential food items in Marion County. Special thanks to First Step Food Bank and His Compassion Food Bank for partnering with the CIL and helping us serve our consumers in need during the pandemic!

CIL assists Marion County Deaf community with COVID-19 vaccine shots!

This past Friday, in partnership with Florida Health, Marion County, the CIL was able to assist our Deaf community with receiving their first dose of COVID-19 shots! Special thanks to our CIL team of Colleen, Kevin & Ken for working hard and making this happen for our consumers. If you are in the Deaf community and would like to learn more, please call Colleen Metcalf on the VP at 352-414-1833.

Happy Father’s Day from the CIL!

We hope all the fathers out there are enjoying a wonderful day with their families!

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CILNCF Celebrating Pride Month!

Happy Pride Month! The CIL is celebrating to support the LGBTQ+ community in their continued quest to break down barriers! Please check out the attached links for additional information and history about Pride Month, as well as information about The Trevor Project, an organization that provides life-affirming services and counseling to youth who are LGBTQ+. They focus on suicide prevention and offer a 24/7 crisis line specifically for LGBTQ+ youth.

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CILNCF Marion County Disaster Preparedness Expo a great success!

The CIL hosted the 4th Annual Marion County Disaster Preparedness Expo on Wednesday May 26th. The theme for this year was about addressing Mental Health needs during COVID and it was a great success! The event featured interactive presentations from experts and various community based organizations and public agencies offering resources to participants. The COVID vaccine was also available to those who wanted it in a fully accessible environment. This year’s event marked the first time many people participated in a community event since the start of COVID and it was clearly uplifting for all those who attended.

Special thanks to all of our generous sponsors, presenters and vendors, who helped make this event possible for people with disabilities in our community. We are truly grateful for your support!

Vendors:  APD, Heart of Florida, Ocala Fire, Marion County Sheriff’s Department EOC, Shine/Elder Options, CARD from Gainesville, Ocala Electric, Supervisor of Elections, Champion for Champions, Florida License Bureau and Ocala Police Department.

Presenters:  Ocala Police, Chief Balken; Marion County Sheriff’s Department EOC, Robert Sullivan; Supervisor of Elections, Wesley Wilcox; APD, Dr. Kristin Korinko; Department of Health in Marion County, Jessie Driggers.

Many thanks to Kevin Towles and the entire CIL Expo planning committee for all of their hard work devoted towards hosting an event, with all the safe guards needed to keep everyone healthy!

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Join us for new CIL Activities in June!

Please check out the following CIL calendars below for our June online ILS classes, Self-Advocacy Training, Pre-Placement Training, Youth Social Group and our new Empowering Life Hacks workshops! If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Terri Poucher at 352-378-7474 or For the Empowering Life Hacks workshops, please contact Linda Butler at 352-378-7474 or

CILNCF to host 4th Annual Marion County Emergency Preparedness Expo

Don’t forget! The 4th Annual Marion County Emergency Preparedness Expo for People with Disabilities is coming up on May 26th. The theme this year is Mental Health in honor of Mental Health Month, and attendees will learn important information about how to prepare for the unexpected. Please check out the flyer for more information!

The CIL would also like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Herr’s Potato Chips for donating 100 bags of chips for the Marion County Emergency Preparedness Expo! We truly appreciate your generosity and could not do this without your support.

To register for the expo, please go to the following links: