Emergency Preparedness Expo for People with Disabilities

The CIL is hosting our 3rd Annual Marion County Emergency Preparedness Expo at the Ed Croskey Recreation Center on March 11th, 2020 in Ocala! Come out to learn more about how you can stay prepared for any emergency event that might happen in our community. We will be discussing things like emergency shelter locations, contacts and how to create disaster preparedness supply kits. Refreshments will be provided and ASL interpreters will be available.

Special guest speakers will include Guardian Angels, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, EOC, TV20 News Chief Meteorologist Bill Quinlan and Rocky Ramirez from Regions Bank.

Join us for this informative and free event to learn how you can prepare for our community’s emergency situations! 

To register, please go to to the following links:

English: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emergency-preparedness-expo-for-people-with-disabilities-tickets-73469115101

Spanish: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exposicion-de-preparacion-para-emergencias-para-pe-tickets-80938971643

CIL hosting forum, “The Basics on ABLE United”

The CIL is hosting a forum at our Gainesville office on Thursday, November 21st from 5:00pm to 6:00pm about ABLE United, a wonderful financial savings program for people with disabilities.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows individuals with disabilities to save money tax-free for a wide variety of future expenses, including transportation, housing and education, while maintaining benefits, such as SSI and Medicaid.

Please see attached link for more information. We hope to see you there!

CIL Employment Program continues to change lives!

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month and to celebrate, we’re highlighting successes from our Employment Program!

Jeremie, who is Deaf and uses American Sign Language to communicate, was interested in pursing full-time work. He was referred to CIL and started working with Lauren, our wonderful Employment Consultant in our Ocala office. Lauren soon discovered that Jeremie is self-taught in most facets of home improvements, construction, renovation, and modification of structures. Through skill identification, regular meetings to job search, and unwavering support from Lauren, Jeremie was placed with a local furniture manufacturing and assembly plant. His employer has blessed him with fair earnings, benefits after a length of time, and a flexible work schedule to allow appropriate work/life balance.

Thanks to our Employment Program, Jeremie is enjoying full-time, meaningful work and is contributing productively to his local community!

Disability Community Planning Group Webinar coming soon!

The Disability Community Planning Group Webinar will take place on September 23, 2019, 2:00 PM EDT. It’s a very timely topic, as Hurricane season is upon us. Please register by clicking on the following link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar

**CART or Live captioning will be available. For the CART link, please go to:  https://providingcart.1capapp.com/event/FDHP at the time of the webinar. Also, attached is information about CART for those of you who may not be familiar with it. CART is live captioning provided by a certified CART captioner- to access, click on the streamtext link above, 5-10 min before the event and have this window opened alongside the GoToWebinar window. The size, font and background of the CART live text can be adjusted- please see attached instructions.

The DCPG is a statewide advisory group that provides feedback and direction to the Florida Disability and Health Program. Membership in the Planning Group ranges from public health leaders, policy makers and disability advocates to persons with disabilities and leaders in healthcare.

**Details about the webinar

Title: Disability & Natural Disasters: Preparing for the worst and not just hoping for the best.

Description: The health, safety, and independence of people with disabilities are at a greater risk during and after natural disasters. This webinar will discuss actions being taken to address these issues and will:

1)     Describe factors that compromise the health, safety, and independence of people with disabilities.

2)     Outline common access and functional needs for people with disabilities.

3)     Detail current strategies to improve access and functional needs of people with disabilities during and after disasters.

Presenter: Dr. Tony Delisle is the Executive Director for the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CILNCF). Dr. Delisle has a strong track record in leveraging collaborations between the community of people with disabilities and emergency management professionals, local and state agencies, and community based organizations to improve preparedness, response, and recovery from natural disasters.