Join us for CIL classes in December!

The holiday season has officially arrived and the CIL is so grateful! We are so excited that in-person classes have been BACK at the CIL, so please join us this December! We are still offering one online class per week for those of you who prefer that option.

Independence Hacks (ILS) classes will be on Tuesdays in Ocala, Wednesdays on Zoom, and Thursdays in Gainesville. All classes will be from 10:30am – 12pm.

Youth Leadership and Social Group classes are still on Tuesdays from 3:30-5pm. So far, they will continue to be conducted online until further notice.

For every online class, the meeting username is 352-378-7474 and the password is cilclass!

Please be sure to share this with anyone who would like to participate, and contact Terri Poucher at 352-378-7474 or with any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Image Description: Beige background with the CIL logo at the top left and to the right of the logo is a black text heading that reads, “December Calendar”. There is a Christmas tree graphic in the top right corner. Underneath to the left are strings of Christmas garland with “Tuesdays”, “Wednesdays” and “Thursdays” written above, in white text. The class titles and meeting times are to the right in black text, next to their corresponding weekday, and the meeting ID and password is written in bright orange text at the bottom of the image.

Thera-Mate Pro Training at CIL in Ocala on December 6th!

Please join us for a training event at the CIL in Ocala on Tuesday, December 6th, at 9:45 am! The CIL, in collaboration with Thera-mate AND Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology will be providing a training on Thera-Mate Pro, which helps those with limited mobility better take care of themselves and their hygiene needs.

Please call (352) 368-3788 to reserve a seat, space is limited!

Date: Tuesday December 6th, 2022 at 9:45 am

Location: The Center for Independent Living

2760 SE 17th Street, Suite 300 Ocala, FL 34471

ID: Image is a flyer for the event, containing all of the information mentioned above. The FAAST logo is at the top of the image and the Thera-Mate Pro logo is underneath. The CIL logo is towards the bottom.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The CIL wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are able to spend quality time with family and friends! These last few years have been extremely challenging for everyone, and we are so very grateful for all of YOU, our amazing CIL consumers, board and staff, our generous donors, loyal volunteers, and wonderful community partnerships. We are so thankful for the opportunity to continue to work and grow together for people with disabilities in our community! Enjoy the holiday!

Trinity Missions Thanksgiving Baskets!

Gobble Gobble! Thanks to Trinity Missions, and our amazing partnership, the CIL was able to continue to provide 20 Thanksgiving baskets for our consumers in need this holiday season! Frozen turkeys were BACK too and we could not be more grateful! Special thanks to Trinity Missions and all you continue to do for our community, especially during the holidays!


A warm message of gratitude from Tony for our community, and for each and every one of you who work tirelessly to serve and give back to those who need it most. Thank you for all that you do! Cheers to a week full of thanks and to the season of giving.

In-person Classes Are Back for ILS Consumers!

We are so grateful that the CIL has been back to in-person classes for our ILS consumers!

Our most recent ILS class last week was so much fun as consumers learned all about food safety in light of Thanksgiving fast approaching, such as how to cook a turkey and how long we should keep leftovers. They also learned about various leftover recipes and everyone talked about their favorite Thanksgiving foods. Everyone was well engaged and left smiling!

Special thanks to CIL team members Sada Ahmed and Eric Skanes, who helped out with class while Terri Poucher, our ILS Coordinator, was recovering from being under the weather.

Image ID: Pictured from left to right: CIL consumers, Eric and Sada, in the CIL activity room. A colorful orange design with geometric graphic serves as the image background.

Radiant Credit Union October Charity of the Month!

The CIL recently won $1,000 in the Radiant Credit Union October Charity of the Month contest! Our very own Associate Director, Amy Feutz, nominated CILNCF as an organization making our community a better place. Those who nominate the winner also receive a $100, which Amy donated right back to the CIL for a total of $1,100!

We are so grateful to everyone who voted for the CIL, and to our incredible staff for all the hard work they do to help our community thrive, every single day. What a wonderful way to enter into a season of giving and thanks!

Thank you to Radiant Credit Union for your continuous efforts towards giving back to our community. If you know an organization that is working to make our community a better place, nominate them at…/charity-of-the-month.shtml

ID: Image is of Tony (left), Kristen (center), and Amy (right) holding a lifesize check, inside a Radiant Credit Union Branch.

Health Disparities in Society with Dr. Laura Guyer

“Health equity” will be achieved when every individual has the same opportunity to attain their full health potential because there is equal access to equal health care based upon equal need. Dr. Laura Guyer’s career has been dedicated to the mitigation of health disparities that are associated with social, economic, racial, and educational disparities and elimination of barriers in the health care system. At risk for health disparities are members of socially and economically marginalized populations due to race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, age, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, and geographic location.

Dr. Guyer established the only undergraduate academic program nationwide dedicated to eliminating health disparities while adding diversity to the health professions workforce. Health Disparities in Society, housed at the University of Florida, works in partnership with thirty local safety net clinics, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies to teach students about social inequities, the social determinants of health, cultural competence, health literacy and the social mission of health professions education.

Before returning to UF to establish the health disparities minor, Dr. Guyer spent twenty-five years immersed in the rural culture of north Florida. As a clinician, wellness nutritionist and community educator, she developed cultural sensitivity and awareness about the health care and educational needs of diverse individuals.

Her deep and long-standing commitment to diversity, inclusion and undergraduate education has been recognized by numerous awards including the UF Presidential Service Award for Leadership and Service Advocate of the Year (2020), Faculty Achievement Award (2019), UF Faculty Advisor/Mentor of the Year Award (2016), UF Faculty Leadership and Service Advocate Impact Award (2016) and Advisor of the Year Award (1993). Her commitment and service to the dietetics profession in Florida was recognized by the 1995 President’s Award. The hallmarks of her career include leadership, innovation, creativity, community engagement and collaboration. 

To learn more about Dr. Guyer’s work visit:

SPEAKERS: Laura Guyer, Tony Delisle, Jasmine Tran

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Addressing Concerns and Resistance To The COVID-19 Vaccine with Dr. Vincent Venditto

On this episode, we welcome back Dr. Vincent Venditto, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Tony and Dr. Venditto begin by reflecting on where we were in the pandemic when they first connected in January and where we are with the pandemic today. Dr. Venditto shares his perspective on where we are in the life cycle of this pandemic and discusses the concerns over the delta variant. They dive into questions about the vaccine, boosters, should people who’ve had the vaccine be masked indoors or should they not be masked, can people who have had the vaccine still spread COVID-19, and get into depth about the hesitancy and resistance with getting vaccinated.

Dr. Venditto received training in vaccine design and immunology and continues to investigate vaccine strategies to better understand how the immune system works in disease progression.

SPEAKERS: Dr. Vincent Venditto, Tony Delisle

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A Moment of Reflection with Tony

On this episode, Tony takes us back to our mission with the purpose and our intentions for The Independent Life podcast: providing a lens to what it’s like to have a disability and to live independently. In Season 1, we strived to accomplish this by talking to people with disabilities in order to gain insights into their lives through their lived experiences. We hoped that by doing so, we could build a community based on unity around disability.

For Season 2, we dove straight into a mini series on Emergency Preparedness to address access and functional needs for people with disabilities, before, during, and after disasters. We spoke with folks across organizations and agencies of people with disabilities, advocates of people with disabilities- to hear their perspective and understand areas that could use improvement in order to better serve those who are most vulnerable during times of disaster. Tony also introduces us to a new weekly addition: Monday Disability Dojos. Each Monday, Tony will talk about a topic, issue area, or philosophy related to independent living and dive into his thoughts about it and perhaps where the disability community needs to be thinking about and keep on the forefront.

SPEAKERS: Tony Delisle

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