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Welcome to the Western Gate of the Sunshine State where many people  with disabilities live, work and play independently and make choices for themselves.  A place where others long to live.

Hunter in his Powerchair      Hunter Bath Chair

Making a Difference:

CILDRC is committed to removing barriers to achieving goals for independence. Sometimes, those goals are related to assistive devices.

CILDRC provided funding for replacing batteries on a power wheelchair for a teenager. Hunter said “I am independent now, Mom”!

From Roseann, mother of consumer Hunter:

“As a parent to a child who has many health concerns, completing daily living skills can be a difficult task. That is until I was introduced to the Center for Independent Living. The people here assist anyone with a disability in any way they can. Not only did they get my son’s battery operated wheelchair up and running, but they also purchased a shower chair that was able to fit in my tub perfectly!! ‘I’m taking a shower like the big kids!’ – Hunter

Roseann stated “the services Hunter received not only has had an effect on him, it has decreased the intensity of the labor involved in the crucial care I provide for my son, which has now been turned into an effortless, uncomplicated and manageable job.”

CILDRC is proud assist consumers and their caregivers to have successes in the community.

Mission Statement

To assist individuals with disabilities achieve their goals of independence.

Organizational Vision

Our programs and services cover:

 Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties

 If you have a disability and need help give us a call or come in, hours of operation are 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Some of our programs include:

Photo of CIL-DRC Store Picture          CapTel FTRI Phone         Picture of Wheelchair          Handicap Parking Information

Information and Referral:  Resource Library and Referrals to Community Services and Programs

Peer Mentoring:  One person with a disability talking to another person with a disability

Housing:  Referrals for housing or home modification

Advocacy:  Know your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Handicapped Parking Code Enforcement

Independent Living Skills Training:  Assistance with writing your resume’, keeping your check book, calling for transportation, obtaining an assistive device, etc.

Loan Locker:  Free short- and long-term loans of equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and etc.

Assistive Technology Program:  Short-term loans of assistive technology on a “try before you buy” basis; assistive technology assessments and training; alternative finance solutions for the purchase of assistive technology.

Florida Telecommunications Relay Distribution Center  (FTRI):    FTRI is a statewide non profit 501(c)3 organization that administers the Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program for citizens of Florida who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind and Speech Disabled.  FTRI is also responsible for the education and promotion of the Florida Relay Service.


Make a Difference and Donate

The Jernigan family respectfully requests in lieu of flowers to please consider a donation to CIL DRC in Warren’s honor. Please click the Donate Button Upper Right of this Page. Thank you.

Photo of Warren Jernigan

Donations & Charitable Contributions:  Center for Independent Living of Northwest Florida, Inc. dba CIL Disability Resource Center, is a registered charity in the State of Florida, Registration Number CH130. A copy of the Official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352),