COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Please read below for updated COVID-19 information and resources that you can use during this time.  We will continue to post updates as we receive them from the state.  Please continue to stay safe and reach out if you need any help or additional information.

CILNCF Awarded Grant Funds from Region 3 Healthcare Coalition Alliance

The Region 3 Healthcare Coalition Alliance recently awarded about $215,000 for projects across an 18-county region in North Florida and we are very excited to announce that we have been awarded part of these funds for future projects!

The CIL has been awarded grant funds for our Emergency Preparedness Expo for People with Disabilities.

We are so grateful to the Region 3 Healthcare Coalition Alliance for giving us the opportunity to expand our outreach!

Special thanks to our staff member Kevin Towles in our Ocala office who assisted the CIL with securing these funds!

Zoom BINGO is Back!

On Friday, ION Gainesville is hosting a virtual BINGO game night for young adults (age 18-30) with disabilities!

If you would like to participate, please RSVP in advance to iongainesville@gmail.com.

Once you RSVP, they will email you a link to the zoom call and a copy of the bingo sheet! All you need to join is a device that can connect to the internet. Prizes will be included!

Marion County Disaster Preparedness Expo

The Center for Independent Living of North Central FL is hosting the 4th Annual Disaster Preparedness Expo for People with Disabilities. The theme this year is Mental Health. This expo will contain important information on how to adequately prepare for the unexpected.

This event will have ASL interpreters present and other accommodations can be arranged.

In order to look out for everyone’s safety and health at this time, masks are required and there will be a temperature check at the door.

May 26, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

E.D. Croskey Recreation Center

1510 NW 4th Street

Ocala, FL 34475

To register please go to the following links:

English: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/center-for-independent-living-of-north-certral-fl-16494197787

Spanish: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/de-preparacion-para-emergencias-para-personas-con-discapacidades-tickets-140356822033

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

This past year has been a very trying time for many people in our community. With the new vaccine that has come out, we see the possibility of life going back to normal. Florida has established a vaccine registration website at https://myvaccine.fl.gov/

The following groups of individuals are elligible for the vaccine:
· Healthcare Personnel with Direct Patient Contact
· Individuals Deemed Extremely Vulnerable to COVID-19
· Individuals 65 Years of Age and Older
· Long-Term Care Facility Residents & Staff

Visiting the site below allows you to register to virtually “get in line” for a vaccine in your county so you can be contacted via phone, text or email when new appointments become available.

The first two categories of eligibility should be able to cover individuals with disabilities of all ages and personal care workers. The registration process does not request any proof of disability, so please make sure to check out the link and register for your vaccine.

Additionally, in coordination with the White House COVID-19 Response Plan, FEMA is working with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners to deliver vaccinations across the country. As part of these efforts, FEMA has made vaccine support information available on FEMA.gov. The webpage includes information on:

· How you can get vaccinated.
· FEMA support for vaccine distribution.
· The accelerated state vaccine efforts.
· Identifying and filling resource gaps.
· Supporting and establishing vaccine sites.

While the country is still in the initial phases of the vaccine distribution plan, we encourage everyone to follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations on staying safe during the pandemic.

CILNCF Essential Items Gifting!

Towards the end of December during the midst of the holiday season, the CIL was able to provide some essential items gifting for our consumers!

This opportunity was created from identifying the needs that were not just food, but also for bare necessities. Our consumers were gifted items that were specifically needed, such as cleansing wipes, toiletries, hygiene products, PPP and more.

Special thanks to the UF Disability Resource Center as they provided several bags of these needed items, and also to the Gainesville Housing Authority that assisted with distributing out the items! The consumers were unaware of their “Secret Gifting”, but were so thrilled and grateful for this small act of kindness. We were so glad we could offer this token of love to show our support in their lives during these uncertain and uneasy times.

Thank you Shera and all of our amazing volunteers for helping put this all together!

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CILNCF’s Marion County HSHT Program receives Able Trust Award!

Each year, the Able Trust awards the statewide High School High Tech (HSHT) sites for excelling in various program areas. We are so happy to announce that the CIL’s Marion County HSHT Program was recognized for excellence in Family Involvement, one of the HSHT design features!

CONGRATULATIONS to our HSHT Senior Staff Program Coordinator, Arlene Jennings, who runs our Marion County Program, for helping your student’s families get connected to services in the community and providing consistent communications! Thank you so much for your continued hard work and dedication to HSHT!