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: 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!