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.

Summertime Fun at the CIL!

The CIL Summer Youth Program was held from June 3rd to August 8th and it was a HUGE success! Youth with disabilities aged 14-24 years had the opportunity to participate in various fun, hands-on, educational and work-related activities, as well as develop their social skills.

Activities over the summer included fieldtrips to the SFC Teaching Zoo and Planetarium, guest speakers from NAMI, Fit for All Human Foosball at GHF, computer skills classes, youth peer mentor groups, ILS classes, Afro-Brazilian music classes, bingo, cards, arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt.

The social parties were awesome as well! They included a Brazilian June Festival, Karaoke Party, Mexican Party, and to close the program, youth participated in a Talent Show where they were able to show off their unique and individual talents, such as singing, dancing, drawing and reciting poetry!

Our High School High Tech (HSHT) Program had a great summer too! During the summer, our HSHT students participated in 52 career experiences that included paid summer internships, part-time employment, job shadowing and volunteering! Students gained invaluable job-related skills, including those soft skills so many employers seek in their employees and applicants.

HSHT had a very successful 2018-2019 school year as well. 100% of all participating seniors graduated from high school and 85% of our graduates transitioned into post-secondary education and/or employment!

Congratulations to all of our CIL and HSHT youth and all you have accomplished so far!

Why does the CIL continue to be involved with disaster readiness?

CIL’s are huge advocates of emergency management and preparedness, but why do we prepare our communities for emergencies to the extent that we do? Often times, people with disabilities get lost in all the commotion during disasters and they end up placed in an environment that may appear to meet their needs, but actually doesn’t, such as a nursing home or psychiatric institution. This is why it’s extremely important that everyone is prepared beforehand and aware of all their resources. The CIL does our best to make sure these resources are accessible to everyone!

If you’d like to learn more about why it’s important to prepare for disasters, and why CIL’s will always be heavily involved with disaster readiness, this article is an informative read. The Emergency Management sector of Government Technology goes into depth on this issue and explains why this happens and how best to avoid it.

For more on emergency preparedness visit the Administration for Community Living’s Emergency Preparedness blog, and stay updated with us — the CIL will always be here for you!