During the first week in April, Andrea attended the Hernando County Schools Career and Transition Fair at Lead Foot City to tell students about all of the services the Center has to offer. While she was there, she met up with several of the students she works with from Project Looking Ahead. A great time was had by all!
At the beginning of April, the CIL FAAST Program had a demonstration and training at Discount Daze in Ocala. Troy Leonard, the owner of Discount Daze, demonstrated the Independence Bed, which can help anyone who has difficulty getting out of bed or is worried about falling out of bed. The bed can assist someone with sitting up independently, and has an automated self-reclining machine, and a lift which can bring someone close to the ground. CIL staff Andrea Melvin, Brandon Palermo and Claudia Avendano attended the presentation and learned all about the various features of this assistive technology. Thank you Discount Daze and Troy Leonard for providing a great presentation to our team and participants!
Last month, the CIL and FAAST Program partnered with Elder Options to provide the third session of the Coping with Caregiving series. This is a free course (four sessions total) for caregivers and clients who care for individuals with dementia, chronic illness, or any other disability, to learn how to de-stress and better manage daily life.
The topic for the third session was, “Coping with Frustration” and Teri Saunders Lonon with Elder Options did a great job providing information and strategies for caregivers who face various challenges and frustrations throughout the day, such as breathing techniques.
At the end of February, the ADA Paratransit and Reception teams got
together for their Team Social, and enjoyed a fun time out traveling back in time and playing all kinds of pinball, videos games and carnival games from the times of yonder, and not so long ago. The place was Bragging Rights Arcade in Gainesville (@BraggingRightsGNV). We definitely recommend it! We enjoyed some delicious pizza and soft drinks from Peppino’s Pizza
(@PeppinosPizzaPasta), and started the rounds of playing games. There were all kinds of arcade games to satisfy any heart’s delight, but the best part of the event was to be able to spend time with co-workers and have some fun together!.
Early last month, Sada attended the University of Florida HHP Internship and Job Fair. Sada graduated from the College of Health and Human Performance, so it is always great to be back! She got to meet many prospective interns and connect with a diverse array of community organizations and businesses. We thank UF and the HHP college for inviting us back!
Please join us on Zoom for a FAAST Program presentation on April 19th at 10:00am! John Palmer from Magnifying America will be showing off the Patriot Magnifier, Reader Tablets, as well as other devices. He will discuss how their technology limits the digital divide for people who are low vision or legally blind by helping them read documents out loud, magnify real world media, and more. Please pass along to anyone who will benefit from this demonstration!
You can join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. To join please click on the link below:
Zoom ID: 352-378-7474; Passcode: cilclass
For more information about the Zoom meeting, please contact Brandon Palermo in our Ocala office at email@example.com or call (352) 363-3788, or please contact Claudia Avendano in our Gainesville office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (352) 378-7474.
Our Wheelchair Ramp Building Program continues to make a difference for our consumers!
Last month, Gail Bullock received a ramp through our Wheelchair Ramp Building Program. She was in a terrible car accident last year that caused bone and nerve damage on the right side of her body, causing difficulty walking and standing for long periods at a time. Gail let us know that without the help of the Center for Independent Living, she would be isolated in her home and would need help getting in and out. She is now able to go out independently into the community, as well as to important therapy and medical appointments! She is forever grateful to the CIL! Special thanks to Mark Brisbane, CORE Services Director and Custom Design Renovations, for making this ramp build possible!
At the beginning of March, CIL Staff Sada attended a Disability Awareness Month kick-off event at Santa Fe College. It was a wonderful time to connect with community members and students at Santa Fe to share information about the Center for Independent Living and its services. One of the participants even made this awesome balloon hat for Sada! We can’t wait to be back to Santa Fe’s campus for our Alachua County Emergency Preparedness Expo, set to take place on Friday,
April 14th, from 8:45AM-1:00PM. You can register for the free event by clicking the link below:
P.S. The balloon hat maker has signed up for the event so come on out and you may get one too!
Thanks so much!
There is just one week until the 2nd Annual Alachua County Emergency Preparedness Expo for People with Disabilities!
Theme: How to protect yourself/families for any type of emergency.
Friday, April 14th, 2023, 8:45 am – 1:00 pm
Santa Fe College:
3000 NW 83rd Street, Building R-01, Gainesville, FL 32606
For any questions or assistance with registration, please call Kevin Towles at 352-368-3788 or e-mail at email@example.com.
To register, please go to: https://www.cilncf.org/emergency-preparedness/
We hope to see you there!
In mid-March, CIL Staff Claudia and Sada went out to the Bradford Community Partners Health & Wellness Resource Hub. They talked to several community members about services available through CILNCF and assistive technology available through FAAST. It is so great to get to meet the people of Bradford County in their community! If you live in Bradford county and are looking to learn more about The Center for Independent Living, please come visit us. We will be represented at the Hub on the third Thursday of each month from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. The Hub is located at the Bradford County Faith Community Center until the official location is made available. The address is 721 Old Lawtey Rd, Starke, FL 32091. We hope to see you there!