Protect Yourself Against COVID-19

The CIL wanted to share this helpful information with you to spread the word about how to stay safe against COVID-19. Please see the graphics below that help you visualize some of the best ways to protect yourself and those around you.

We hope to see everyone staying safe and protecting those in your community from this spreading virus!

COVID-19 Information for People with Disabilities

With many illnesses, older adults and people with disabilities face higher risks of contracting the disease and/or experiencing complications, particularly if they also have chronic medical conditions. Consequently, there often are additional prevention and treatment recommendations for these populations. That currently is not the case for COVID-19.

At this time, CDC recommends that everyone, regardless of age or disability, take the same precautions to avoid illness. These include everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including colds, flu and COVID-19.

ACL (Administration for Community Living) has posted those recommended preventive actions, as well as links to CDC resources for COVID-19 and emergency preparedness resources for the aging and disability networks at ACL.gov/COVID-19. They will update this page as the situation develops in an effort to make it easier to find the latest information. If specific guidance for older adults and people with disabilities is issued, and as state and local resources are available, you will find them on this page.

In addition, ACL recommends following state and local health department communications for the best information and accurate instructions for your community, and they recommend the CDC website as the best source for comprehensive information about the national response.    

Blaze Pizza Fundraiser

Join us at Blaze Pizza on Archer Road on Tuesday, February 25th, to eat, drink and raise some money for a good cause! OT EAC is sponsoring this fundraiser and generously donating all funds raised to the Center’s Wheelchair Ramp Building Program!

The OT EAC is a speciality clinic under the UF Equal Access Clinic Network. We are a student-run clinic that offers free occupational therapy services to individuals 18 years and older in the Gainesville community every week. Our aim is to help people who have experienced illness, injury, or disability return to the activities that are meaningful and important in their day-to-day lives.

We hope to see you all there to enjoy some good pizza, good company and good fundraising!

Alachua County Disaster Preparedness Expo for People with Disabilities

The CIL is hosting our 1st Annual Alachua County Emergency Preparedness Expo at the Senior Recreation Center 5701 NW 34th Blvd in Gainesville on April 30th from 8:30am to 1:00pm!

Come out to learn more about how you can stay prepared for any emergency event that might happen in our community. We will be discussing things like emergency shelter locations, contacts and how to create disaster preparedness supply kits. Refreshments will be provided and ASL interpreters will be available.

Join us for this informative and free event to learn how you can prepare for our community’s emergency situations! 

To register, please go to to the following links:

English: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emergency-preparedness-expo-for-people-with-disabilities-tickets-73469115101

Spanish: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exposicion-de-preparacion-para-emergencias-para-pe-tickets-80938971643

Happy Retirement, Don!

This is a bittersweet moment, as we announce Don Barnes’s retirement after over twelve years at the CIL! Although we are sad to see Don leave us, we are so happy for him and looking back at his time here with a smile. Don has always been the sunshine on a cloudy day for the CIL staff and we all feel so lucky to have shared some time with him, whether it’s been years or just a few months.

Don’s hard work and dedication at the CIL has inspired all of us and his constant positive energy lights up the room. He puts his heart into everything he does, and we will miss him dearly.

Don said of his time here that the CIL is “an easy place to work and a hard place to leave”. He has found ease in helping people over the past twelve years and is sad to be leaving the CIL consumers and his fellow CIL staff, whom he now considers his family, but is excited to start this new chapter of his life.

His accomplishments at the CIL will not be easily forgotten and our staff and consumers will always be grateful for everything he has done.

Enjoy your retirement Don and know that we will all miss you!

Emergency Preparedness Expo for People with Disabilities

The CIL is hosting our 3rd Annual Marion County Emergency Preparedness Expo at the Ed Croskey Recreation Center on March 11th, 2020 in Ocala! Come out to learn more about how you can stay prepared for any emergency event that might happen in our community. We will be discussing things like emergency shelter locations, contacts and how to create disaster preparedness supply kits. Refreshments will be provided and ASL interpreters will be available.

Special guest speakers will include Guardian Angels, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, EOC, TV20 News Chief Meteorologist Bill Quinlan and Rocky Ramirez from Regions Bank.

Join us for this informative and free event to learn how you can prepare for our community’s emergency situations! 

To register, please go to to the following links:

English: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emergency-preparedness-expo-for-people-with-disabilities-tickets-73469115101

Spanish: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exposicion-de-preparacion-para-emergencias-para-pe-tickets-80938971643

CIL Art Showcase

The CIL is hosting an Art Showcase on December 14th from 2 – 4pm!

Anyone can submit their artwork for a chance to win a prize, but be sure to submit your work by December 13th!

Please join us to view and buy your favorite art pieces! There will be paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, photography and so much more!

We appreciate your continual support and look forward to seeing everyone come out for this event!

CILNCF is Entering the Sunstate Federal Credit Union Contest!

The CIL of North Central Florida is entering Sunstate Federal Credit Union’s contest to win $1,000! With the most votes by liking our comments on Instagram and Facebook, the CIL will win!

Here’s how you can help us win…

  1. Log in to your Instagram and Facebook accounts.
  2. Search for Sunstate Federal Credit Union’s account.
  3. Under their most recent #GivingTuesday post, find the comment that nominates “The Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida”.
  4. Hit that like button so we can win!

Thanks for your support in spreading the word to our community partners!

CIL hosting forum, “The Basics on ABLE United”

The CIL is hosting a forum at our Gainesville office on Thursday, November 21st from 5:00pm to 6:00pm about ABLE United, a wonderful financial savings program for people with disabilities.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows individuals with disabilities to save money tax-free for a wide variety of future expenses, including transportation, housing and education, while maintaining benefits, such as SSI and Medicaid.

Please see attached link for more information. We hope to see you there!