Thank you for making the Amazing Give 2019 a success!

Thank you to everyone who helped make The Amazing Give 2019 a success for the CIL! We raised OVER $6,500 this year, a record-breaking amount for the Center and $1,500 more than we raised last year. We could not have done it without your generosity and support.

Your donations will help us continue building ramps for those who need accessible home modifications; they will help us continue our High School High Tech youth program and ensure that youth with disabilities can pursue careers in science and technology; and they will help us continue to provide essential transition and employment services – but these are only a few examples of what we can do with your help!

Overall, your contributions will help us to continue striving towards our mission of empowering those with disabilities. 

Thank you again, and we can’t wait to do amazing things with you in the future.

Support the Center in the Amazing Give today!

Today at 6 p.m., The Amazing Give, a 24-hour online fundraiser hosted by the Community Foundation, will commence, giving our generous community an opportunity to directly support the Center for Independent Living’s countless programs. This year, your generous donations will go directly toward supporting our youth programs, including High School High Tech and Transition.

In addition, there will be a Kick-Off tonight at Gainesville’s own Adam’s Rib Co., at 2109 NW 13th Street, with raffle prizes and delicious ribs and barbecue. Supporters will have a chance to win two $20 gift cards to Adam’s Rib Co.

Get ready to give! Please visit the Center for Independent Living’s Amazing Give campaign page to get started at:

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.