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.

Meet Melisa!

Meet Melisa, an alumni of our High School High Tech (HSHT) program who has gone on to do amazing things!

Melisa was a member of HSHT for all four years of her high school career, and she says that HSHT played a “major role in my life and helped me become the person I am today.” Because she grew up with a hearing and learning disability, she knew that her interests would be best served in the support of others.

In pursuance of this goal, Melisa graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University Of Central Florida College Of Nursing in Daytona Beach in 2017, after earning her Associate of Arts Degree in Health Science at Santa Fe College. She completed clinical rotations at Halifax Health and Florida Hospital while pursuing her RN degree. In 2018, Melisa was named Neuroscience Floor Rookie of the Year for her outstanding work at Halifax Health Medical Center.

 “I know my internships [with HSHT] were invaluable in helping me achieve my career goals,” she said. She now works as a registered nurse at Halifax Health Medical Center in its Intensive Surgical Care Unit in Daytona Beach, Florida. Way to go, Melisa!

Emergency Preparedness Conference to be held Feb. 26

On Feb. 26, the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness Conference for people with disabilities, senior adults and members of the community. The event will be held in the Ed Croskey Center in Ocala from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please see the flyer below for more details as well as information about registering for this free event.

Attorney Nancy Wright to speak on Guardian Advocacy

Next Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7p.m., the CILNCF will host guest speaker Nancy Wright.

Wright is a local, experienced, special needs attorney, who will be sharing free information with young adults with special needs and/or their families regarding guardianship issues. Nancy will explain the purpose of guardian advocacy and other alternatives families might utilize to assist or make important life decisions for their loved one with special needs.

See the flyer below for further information.