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.

CILNCF to host Diversity and Inclusion Forum

Join us at the CIL Wednesday, February 27th for a Diversity and Inclusion Forum. The forum will feature guest speaker P.J. Jones, Assistant Director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs at the University of Florida.

Jones will be discussing a variety of topics that include realizing the benefits of fostering a culture of diversity, considering diversity within the disability community itself, and examining issues related to intersectionality.

By holding this forum, organizer Morgan Fusco, a full-time intern at the Center For Independent Living, says she hopes to “engage current consumers, reach future consumers, and raise community awareness about the issues and topics that impact the independence and lives of people with disabilities.”

This event is free of charge. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in this discussion as well as enjoy light refreshments.

See the flyer below for further information!

Sarah’s Story: A Gift to Give

In September of 2016, Sarah came to us, very discouraged. She was working, however, she felt she was going nowhere. She wanted something more for her life. We spent many months looking for janitorial work because she felt that was all she could do. Along the way, we learned that Sarah loved people and had an outgoing personality. When a server position became available at The Village, she applied, with some convincing. She went to the interview and learned about the positive working environment where employees are shown appreciation, along with being able to help others. She left the interview feeling amazed that she had been offered the job. All along, we knew what she was about to learn about herself, over time — that she had a gift to give to others. All along, we knew what she was about to learn about herself, over time — that she had a gift to give to others.

Over the year or so that she has been working for The Village, she has been nominated twice for the Wall of Fame and earned Associate of the Month. Cheryl Huntington, Sarah’s Manager, says that Sarah is willing to work hard to change her life and make things better for everyone. Her outgoing personality and hard work ethic prove to be a great combination. She has made a noticeable difference in the lives of those individuals that she has touched.

Sarah has been complimented by others, as well, noting that she always takes extra time with some of the more challenging residents to make sure their needs are met. Ms. Huntington wrote to Sarah, “For your hard work and your honesty, I thank you; for being brave enough to come forward and make a difference, I applaud you; mostly, I am glad that you decided to stay and try something new.”

Kudos, Sarah! It has only been a year. Just think of all that you can accomplish for your future!