Amazing Give- Only One Week Away!

For the fourth year in a row, the Center for Independent Living will be participating in The Amazing Give, a 24-hour online fundraiser that is hosted by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida. The donations raised through the Amazing Give are an essential part of supporting our organization. This event is only ONE WEEK AWAY, so be sure to mark your calendars!

From 6 p.m. on March 20 to 6 p.m. on March 21, you will be able to support our organization by visiting our campaign page at:

This year, donations raised will directly support our High School High Tech and Transition Services! Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 dollars, and we know we can reach it with your generous support!

In addition, please help us kick-off the Amazing Give at Adam’s Rib Co. on March 20 from 6-8 p.m.! 10% of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to the Center if you mention you’re supporting the CIL for the Amazing Give! Check out the flyer below for more details about the Kick-Off.

Help HSHT’s Josh Fight Freidreich’s Ataxia

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 11.37.34 PMTo all of our CILNCF consumers and friends: Please read this message from the parent of one of our High School High Tech students and join us in supporting a great cause!

​Dear Friends,

I wanted to invite you to a fundraiser we are hosting on April 11, 2015 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Town of Tioga Club House. It is a Wine, Cheese and Silent Auction Fundraiser to benefit the UF Foundation and specifically a gene therapy clinical trial that Josh is a part of. We are very excited about this research because it could be a potential cure but, sadly it is underfunded at the moment.

The tickets are $50 and all proceeds go directly to this research headed by Dr. Barry Byrne and Dr. Manuela Corti. We are limiting the number of guests to 100 due to space and wanted to make sure you had the chance to order tickets if you were able to attend. Please email me if you would like tickets and I will deliver them! Checks can be made out directly to the UF Foundation.

If you are unable to attend this event please consider a tax free donation to help with this cause. You can give directly online at or visit to find out more information. We are all very optimistic and hope you will share in our excitement. Please help keep this research going. Your donations have the potential to save our children’s lives.


Here’s a little more information from HSHT Director, Melissa Merrill

“Josh is a senior at Buchholz High School and he was diagnosed with Freidreich’s Ataxia at the age of 10 which affects his heart and nerves. This is a progressive disease that has drastically affected Josh’s ability to walk without falling and to use his hands to write, tie his shoes, or open doors. Josh use to be very athletic, but is no longer able to play sports and this year got his first wheelchair. This disease can also cause more severe problems like diabetes and heart problems which will most likely shorten his life span. Despite all of this, Josh is the happiest person you will ever meet. He never complains, he’s always positive and enthusiastic, and is always looking for ways to help others. Josh works part time at TJ Maxx and is a fantastic student. He is hoping to go on to be an engineer and completed an internship last year with a civil engineering firm who praised him for his wonderful work on their CAD programs. I can’t say enough about what an amazing person Josh is and how excited he and his family is at the potential for a cure that will allow Josh to be more independent. Please take some time to check out Josh’s video and pass along to your contacts. Thanks so much!!”

Emergency Preparedness Expert Panel | Save The Date

Together with area Partners, the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida and Alachua County’s Office of Emergency Management, will be holding an Emergency Preparedness Activity for residents of Alachua County who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

When:      Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Time:        Event will start promptly at 5:30 PM and will end at 7:30 PM

Where:    Center for Independent Living 222 SW 36th Terrace, Gainesville, FL    32607

Click Flyer for Full Information

SPORTS-ABILITY Returns to Ocala, FL

OCALA – October 5-6, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012: 10 am – 3 pm
ED Croskey Center, Hampton Aquatic Center MLK Recreation Complex, 1510 NW 4th Street, Ocala, Fl

Saturday, October 6, 2012: 10 am – 3 pm
Carney Island Recreation & Conservation Area
13275 SE 115th Avenue, Ocklawaha Fl

This event targets people of all abilities, their families or friends. Professionals, providers and students of recreation, technology, health care, rehabilitation and social work will be in attendance. No charge thanks to our sponsors! All Ages & All Abilities! There Are No Barriers Too Great To Overcome!

SportsAbility is the premier event of the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA). This event is about enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by promoting active living. SportsAbility provides first hand access to resources and demonstrations of activities designed to encourage participation regardless of age or ability level.

Hotel that families can stay at: Courtyard by Marriott: 3712 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34474 / (352) 237-8000 /Mention SportsAbility to get $89 rate.

For information, sponsorship
opportunities, or to reserve a booth,
contact FDOA at,
or 850-201-2944 or 352-401-3916
or visit us on-line at:

No charge to register & attend the event!


“Boogie Nights” | Fundraiser

Join us for a night of retro fun as we return to the 70’s & 80’s this Saturday Night, August 25th, at The Sharab Lounge. Proceeds from “Boogie Nights” will benefit our youth program, High Scool High Tech, by helping to pay for this year’s field trips.  We hope to see you there!!
Tickets can be purchased at the CIL, Stein Mart or at the door Saturday Night.

CIL Annual Open House Scheduled

Join us on Friday, July 6th, 2012 from 1pm to 3pm as we open our doors to the community!

During our 2012 Open House we will have various programs exhibited as well as outside partners who will be bringing important information about a variety of community resources.

Check back for updates!
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Art Show will benefit CIL’s youth program

Our first Art Fundraiser “Perspectives” was wonderfully received and attended. We want to thank our awesome corporate sponsors:

Terranova Catering
Corks and Colors Studio
Edible Arrangements
Harold’s Frames and Gallery
Sam’s Club
The Top
Wine and Cheese Gallery


The High School/High Tech Program will be hosting its first Art Fundraiser, entitled“Perspectives”.  The event will be  held on Saturday, May 26th at the Hippodrome Theatre from 6-8 pm.  Tickets are now on sale for $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Students will be serving appetizers, desserts, and beverages as they display their artwork, both for sale and admiration.  There will also be student led presentations of some of our favorite workshop activities as well as a timeline juxtaposing the history of art with the history of disability rights and advocacy.  It promises to be a fun evening and both HS/HT staff and students are looking forward to it and hoping to share the evening with you.

Saturday, May 26th at the Hippodrome Theatre from 6-8 pm

If you, or someone you know would like to order tickets, please email Amy Tarpe.

View the Perspectives flyer for more info >

Here are of our HS/HT students working on their art!