The CIL thanks all the Marion County Expo donors, sponsors, and vendors!

A BIG THANK YOU to all of our awesome Marion County Emergency Preparedness Expo donors, sponsors, and vendors!! We couldn’t have done this without all of your support and we are so very grateful. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities in the Marion County community!

Donors: Marion Champ, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jimmy John’s, Domino’s Pizza, Pasta Faire, Brookdale Chambrel Pinecastle, Herr’s Chips, City of Ocala, Sam’s Club, Developmental Service Trainers, Supervisor of Elections and Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Vendors: Marion Sheriff’s Office, APD, City of Ocala, Election Center, Ocala Regional Medical Center, WAGS Animal Rescue, Ocala Police Department, Hearth of Florida, Developmental Service, Physician Partner’s, Guided Medicare, Marion Senior Services, Marion County Fire Department, FAAST, Island Doctors, Humana, Ultimate Health, Clay Electric Company and Public Works.

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The Amazing Give is 2 weeks away!

The Amazing Give is now 2 WEEKS AWAY! Here is a recent story about our Wheelchair Ramp Building program that is our focus for this year’s fundraiser.

Julia is a member of the Gainesville community who uses a wheelchair due to her progressive disability. We built Julia a ramp when she stated that having one would give her the opportunity to come and go from her home as she pleases, and that she would feel much more independent and not have to rely on others to help her in and out of her home. Here is a picture of Julia’s ramp that was recently completed. She is forever grateful for the Center for Independent Living making her dream come true!

Ramps like these cannot exist without funding from people like you! Donations from The Amazing Give will go directly to assisting people with disabilities like Julia, who have been waiting months, if not years, for a ramp. Please help us spread the word and consider donating to this amazing cause!

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CIL celebrates National Assistive Technology (AT) Awareness Day!

It’s #ATAwarenessDay and the CIL is celebrating! TODAY the U.S. Senate will pass a resolution to shed important light and celebrate National Assistive Technology (AT) Awareness Day! The day honors people with disabilities who require AT to access their education, workplace, community and recreational activities. The day also recognizes the innovation of researchers and the complete dedication of AT specialists and program providers who operate AT programs across the US and Territories so that millions of individuals can acquire low-cost and often no-cost AT.

Learn more about AT programs, view the commemorative video, and celebrate AT! #ATAwarenessDay

ATAP Home Page:
AT Awareness Day Video link:
AT3 Resources link (info on community living, education, employment, housing and transportation):

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The Alachua County Emergency Preparedness Expo is coming up!

For those of you in Alachua County, our first-ever Emergency Preparedness Expo for people with disabilities in Alachua County is less than two weeks away! It will take place on Thursday, April 14th, from 8:45AM-1:00PM at the Senior Recreation Center, here in Gainesville. For more information and to register, please click the link below and claim your seat for this exciting inaugural event. We hope to see you there!

Marion County Emergency Preparedness Expo was a success!

It might be April Fool’s, but this is no joke, the CIL’s 5th Annual Emergency Preparedness Expo for Marion County was a major success!

We had our best turnout yet and we look forward to having even greater attendance next year. Many thanks to our vendors, sponsors, venue hosts, and attendees! This accomplishment would not have been possible without all of your amazing support. We are already looking forward to next year! 

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Would you benefit from the JP-PAS program?

The Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living (FACIL) is still accepting applications for the James Patrick Memorial Work Incentive Personal Assistant Services and Employment Assistance (JP-PAS) Program! The JP-PAS Program provides monthly stipends to qualified Floridians with disabilities who are employed and require personal assistance services for daily living. If you or anyone you know would benefit from this amazing program or if you would like to learn more, please visit!

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Join us for CIL online activities in April!

April showers will soon bring May flowers! Join us for weekly online classes in April!

Come and join us on Tuesdays for Youth Leadership & Social Group from 3:30-5 and on Wednesdays for Independence Hacks from 10:30-12:00. The meeting username is 352-378-7474 and the password is cilclass for every class, every week!
Please, share this with those who may wish to participate.

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Being Michelle is now available to watch!

The CIL wanted to highlight the release of “Being Michelle”, a powerful documentary about a deaf woman with autism who survived incarceration and abuse and now uses her artwork to depict the trauma she survived and heal from her past. “Being Michelle” is available on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. There will be an in-person screening in Orlando, Florida on April 10th and 14th. If you have the time, try to make it! 

Check their website out!

Image description: Michelle takes up most of the image and behind her, there is a field of green grass with one police car in the distance with it’s lights on. Michelle is wearing a bright pink shirt and glasses and she is holding up a drawing of herself that she made. The drawing covers up most of her face just below her glasses.  In the self-portrait, Michelle is wearing a pink shirt with leaves drawn onto it. The Orange Kite Productions and Thriving Roots Initiative logos are in the bottom left corner of the image.

4 weeks to go until The Amazing Give!

Mark your calendars! The Amazing Give is only 4 WEEKS AWAY! The event will take place on April 21st from 7am to 7pm and we need your help! Please consider making a donation through our Amazing Give platform, so we can continue to make a difference in the lives of our consumers and people with disabilities who are in need of a wheelchair ramp!

Stay tuned for more information and success stories leading up to the event! #TheAmazingGive #spreadtheword

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CIL tables at the 39th Annual Parade of Senior Services

Last week, our Consumer Specialist, Kevin, represented the CIL at the 39th Annual Parade of Senior Services at the Ewers Century Center at Central Florida Community College in Ocala.  There was about 40 agencies and organizations participating in this special event for our senior citizens, providing the opportunity to hand out literature, answer questions and offer their services.  Thanks so much Kevin for all of your hard work and spreading the word about the CIL at this community event!

Image description: Image features Kevin smiling and wearing a grey short sleeved CIL polo standing next to a large banner with the CILNCF logo and contact information. In front of Kevin is a table covered by a dark blue tablecloth and brochures about the services the CIL offers. There are other tables and banners around him representing different organizations.