What a great time we had at Stroll 'n' Roll this year! With the sun shining on October 5th in Orlando and October 12th in Lakeland, hundreds of walkers came together to celebrate diversity and inclusion. This year was nothing short of a large success for CIL. With the combined efforts of both the Orlando and Lakeland venues, Stroll 'n' Roll had over 300 participants and raised over $36,000; a number which is steadily rising as pledges continue to come in.
Stroll 'n' Roll sets itself apart from other walks by giving each team that registers the opportunity to use a manual wheelchair. This eye-opening aspect provides a unique look at what it might like be to have a physical disability. Many participants commented that the use of the manual wheelchair provided a challenge they weren't expecting and they now have a new understanding of the obstacles that are faced each day by a person with a disability.
The money raised through Stroll 'n' Roll will make an immediate impact on Central Florida residents, as the money goes directly to support programs and services offered by CIL. This event does so much more than just raise funds for much needed community initiatives, it provides the life-changing gift of independence to an individual and their families. Funds raised during Stroll 'n' Roll will allow us to continue to offer quality programs and services that will make Central Florida a great place to live - for all members of society.
This event couldn't happen without the support of our Central Florida community. Thank you to all the participants including the following team:
Accelerate Brown & Brown Burr & Forman Byerly Clan CenterState Bank - Orlando Central Florida Top 5 CVS Pharmacy Digital Risk Everglades University F.I.T. Team Fast & Rollin FH Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Team FOP Lodge #25 Kubariko Team Lakeville Elementary LWP Class XXIV Orlando City Soccer Orlando Health Rosanne Care Sara Huff Saucy Sallys Seacoast National Bank Step Up For Love Sweet Home Oladipo Team Advanced Diversity Consulting Team Boomerator Team IBG
ABWA- Lakeland Downtown CenterState Bank - Lakeland Deese Scrubs Douglass Screen Printers Jones-Sanchez Lakeland Business Leaders Old Navy Lakeland Pi Kappa Phi Florida Southern College Stacey Franzen Theta Chi FSC
Thank you to the following volunteer groups:
Pi Kappa Phi, Eta Psi (University of Central Florida)
Pi Kappa Alpha, Delta Delta (Florida Southern College)
Rotaract Club (Florida Southern College)
Thank you 2013 Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor: Integrated Business Group, partnering with Just in Queso Foundation
Platinum Sponsor: CenterState Bank
Gold Sponsors: SeaCoast National Bank, Orlando Health, Everglades University
Silver Sponsors: WellCare, Park Avenue Insurance, DC's Sports Bar and the Socialite, iVenture Solutions, City of Orlando: Families, Parks and Recreation
Bronze Sponsors: Burr & Forman, Advanced Diversity Consulting, BankFirst, M Paul General Contractors
To see some of our favorite memories from the event, check out this video! We look forward to seeing you there next year!
Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living to present in Gainesville, Florida
Gainesville, Florida – September 9, 2013 - The Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living will present at the American Advertising Federation – 4th District Summer Conference in Gainesville, Florida.
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are private, nonprofit corporations that provide services to maximize the independence of individuals with disabilities. CILs are guided by the Independent Living Philosophy: a worldwide movement working for self-determination, self-respect and equal opportunities. Since their charter in 1973, CILs can be found throughout the world. In Florida alone there are 15 CILS that support more than 30,000 people with disabilities every year.
The American Advertising Federation (AAF) 4th District is comprised of 21 local federations throughout Florida and the Caribbean representing nearly 1,500 members. Each year, The AAF 4th District selects a charitable organization as the adopted public service initiative. AAF professionals devote countless hours of volunteer time and top-level resources to better our communities. This year Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are the public service initiative of the AAF 4th District.
Susan Waldeck, Governor of the AAF-4th District “Our District is thrilled to provide resources and hands on service to Centers for Independent Living. Having personal experience with Jacksonville’s Center, The ILRC, I have seen the immeasurable difference these Centers are making in the community.”
St. John & Partners, a full service customer experience advertising and public relations agency based in Jacksonville, Florida, is spearheading this initiative by creating a promotional “rally” video featuring the efforts of Centers for Independent Living. The agency plans to launch advertising toolkits to CILs, later this year.
Jeff McCurry of St. John and Partners, “The SJ&P staff is eager to bring awareness to an organization that changes so many lives for the better. One visit to a local center and you see the positive impact these programs are having on the lives of people with disabilities. Our goal is to give Florida CILs the tools they need to rally more community support. We are proud to be contributing to this effort.”
Martina Brawer, Executive Director of the Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living, “We are ecstatic to have great people picking up and becoming champions for the IL movement. These CILs work each day to help people with disabilities and this is tremendous, needed and very appreciated. People with disabilities have benefited immediately from this partnership.”
You can find your local Center for Independent Living by visiting www.floridacils.org
Contact: Tyler Morris
P: 904.327.0774 E: TylerM@theILRC.com
Center for Independent Living received a grant for $10,000 from Bank of America in support for CIL's housing program and services.
Through one-on-one sessions and group workshops, we share information and resources that help our clients achieve stability, whether they’re first-time homebuyers or prospective renters. One key element of counseling is helping clients understand their protections under federal and state Fair Housing laws.
- Federal and state Fair Housing laws
- Assistance for the homeless
- Down payments
- Mortgage defaults
- Loss mitigation
- Handling foreclosure
We also counsel clients about how to avoid bankruptcy, predatory lending and mortgage scams. And we can connect you with resources, like Florida Hardest-Hit Fund (HHF), which helps provide mortgage assistance to qualified Florida homeowners.
The grant we received is part of a $23 million philanthropic investment by Bank of America to build and rehab affordable housing, offer foreclosure prevention services and homeowner counseling, and provide other services intended to invigorate and rejuvenate neighborhoods.
We are excited to be the recipients of a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Florida, Winter Park Community Foundation to aid in our Nursing Home Transition Program. As part of the Aging in Place program, CIL helps keep adults, ages 18+, with a disability, independent and living in their own homes rather than in nursing facilities. This includes building wheelchair ramps, bathroom modifications, creating emergency plans or providing assistive technology, such as an amplified phone. These are a few examples of how a person can continue to live independently in their own home, where they feel most comfortable and safe.
As part of this grant, CIL has a goal of helping four individuals residing in Winter Park to make this type of transition. Over the next year, we look to continue to build strong community partners with assisted living or nursing home facilities, construction organizations, and community members to help us attain this goal. CIL is proud to be part of the Winter Park community and looking forward to the opportunity to help our neighbors. Be sure to visit our Facebook and Twitter sites or sign up for our newsletter for progress on this great initiative.
This project was funding by a grant from the Rex V. Stevens and Dulciza Stevens Fund of Winter Park Community Foundation held by the Community Foundation of Central Florida, Inc., one of more than 400 charitable funds established since 1994.
To learn more about the Community Foundation of Central Florida, you can visit their website at www.cfcflorida.org
Center for Independent Living in Central Florida, Inc., is happy to announce the receipt of a grant from Disney Helping Kids Shine in the amount of $15,000.00.
CIL provides programs and services for children with disabilities, and their families, in helping them with their self determined goal of independence. Part of this grant will go towards funding a Leadership Camp for Deaf Students. This week-long day camp will allow middle and high school students the opportunity to:
- Develop leadership skills
- Learn how to overcome communication and attitudinal barriers related to their disability
- Develop the skills and confidence to more fully engage in school and the community
- Learn teamwork skills
- Become role models and leaders to other deaf students when they return to their schools
For more information about this Leadership Camp, Click Here
As part of Disney Helping Kids Shine Grants program, Disney awarded more than $1.5 million to 59 local organizations and school districts that have a positive impact on approximately 70,000 thousand children in our community. Disney supports programs that inspire creativity, encourage compassion and promote the health and well-being of families.
Center for Independent Living was recently awarded a grant from the Darden Foundation, on behalf of Olive Garden #1275 located at 665 N. Orlando Avenue, Winter Park. The grant for $1,000 is in support of CIL's programs for Middle and High School Education Transition for Deaf Students.
Through-out the year, CIL partners with area schools and their transition services to provide information and life skills for children with disabilities. Deaf students at local schools take advantage of the visits from CIL staff who work with them on a regular basis.
One student, Maggie (pictured below), always tries her best, works hard and makes excellent grades in all the mainstreamed classes, despite her disability and medical condition. She has benefited a great deal from the teaching in the areas of self-advocacy and social skills. She has learned to advocate for herself and to express her needs and wants. In the words of one of her teachers, “Maggie is friendly and gets along with her peers. She has a wonderful attitude and is respectful to teacher interpreters and her peers. In class, she is focused and works diligently in all the academic areas. She always participates in classroom activities”
Maggie is just one example of a student who makes improvement and progress at school, with help from the services provided by CIL. This program not only provides a much need service for these students, but also makes them aware of community resources available to them when they graduate from high school. Many will want to go on to college, get jobs, and live independently on their own and won’t be sure how to best accomplish that goal. Having CIL as a partner, they have achieve their self-determined goal of independence.
Thank you Darden for the support!
RAMPAGE 2013 was another successful event! Now, 15 of our Central Florida neighbors have back their independence. Those that received ramps can get in and out of their homes without risking a fall or waiting on a caregiver. This gift is truly life changing for some of our ramp recipients.
One individual, Martin, was optimistic upon hearing he would be receiving a ramp. After several back surgeries, Martin started using a wheelchair to get around more easily. However, without a ramp, he couldn't do some of the things he enjoyed such as being outside and enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Martin is extremely grateful for everyone involved. In his own words, he simply stated, "I would like to thank you all for giving me the ability to get in and out of my home. Now when we have cook-outs or other outdoor gatherings, I can be involved. The volunteers were amazing, caring and so kind for what they do to help with such a project - for they put in a lot of hard work and smiled the whole time.”
We would like to thank everyone involved in making RAMPAGE a successful community project. This event could not happen without the generosity of our donors, sponsors and volunteers. Thank you all again for your dedication, support and commitment.
Play the video below for some RAMPAGE 2013 memories! Additional pictures can be found on our Facebook page. If you would like to share your story or photos, please email Allison at email@example.com
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Center for Independent Living (CIL) is partnering with Florida State University College of Medicine to offer free classes to help those who wish to end their dependency on tobacco products, as part of the Quit Smoking NOW Program.
Quit Smoking NOW is a six-session smoking cessation program created by ex-smokers for those who are actively trying to quit smoking or the use of tobacco products. Each class is lead by a tobacco treatment specialist, who works with participants in a supportive group setting, and provides information and resources to help participants succeed. Nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, gum and lozenges, to help manage withdrawal symptoms, will be available while supplies last. For more information on the Quit Smoking NOW program, visit www.quitandbefree.org.
New classes start monthly and will begin March 28, 2013. Contact Dennisse Rios at 407-623-1070 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the next available date.
Center for Independent Living is pleased to announce that The Home Depot Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to support RAMPAGE 2013; CIL’s annual event to build wheelchair accessible ramps for individuals with disabilities.
Entering the 7th year of RAMPAGE, CIL has identified 15 Central Florida residents in need of a ramp, including several veterans. With this grant, Center for Independent Living will be able to purchase materials for this event, including lumber, concrete, and tools needed for ramp construction. Volunteers will help build these ramps that will give the gift of independence.
We are honored to have The Home Depot Foundation as a sponsor for
The Home Depot Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of The Home Depot and has invested more than $340 million in local communities since being established in 2002. The Foundation manages the company’s grants initiatives and disaster relief activities as well as Team Depot, the associate-led volunteer force. For more information on The Home Depot Foundation, please CLICK HERE
For additional information on RAMPAGE, please contact CIL 407-623-1070
Center for Independent Living was recently awarded a grant through The Able Trust for the employment program. The employment program aims to assist people with disabilities with job searching techniques, interview skills, and resume writing; as well as referral and support to find a position that meets their needs and talents. In addition, CIL employment specialists work within the community to create a network of information and resources for organizations looking to hire staff members.
With this grant, CIL will hire a Business Development Specialist whose goals will be to develop employment opportunities for individuals with a disability, promote job matches beneficial to both employer and program participants, and maintain consistent communication with new employers to promote job retention of clients. The Able Trust allows Center for Independent Living to continue our goals of being an advocate and providing support for people with disabilities, to help them maintain or get back their independence through employment
The Able Trust, also known as The Florida Endowment for Vocational Rehabilitation, is a 501(c)3 public-private partnership foundation established by the Florida Legislature in 1990. Its mission is to create successful job outcomes for people with disabilities, allowing them to become independent, productive and self-supporting members of society. Through The Able Trust’s programs, funds are provided to assist individuals with disabilities in gaining competitive employment. Since its beginnings, The Able Trust has awarded more than $30 million throughout Florida, enabling thousands of Florida citizens with disabilities to entire the workforce each year. For more information about The Able Trust, visit www.abletrust.org.