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The following Events are scheduled for the CIL Disability Resource Center, Gulf Coast Regional Demonstration Center (GCRDC) and Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc. (FTRI) as Exhibitors or Presenters and Community Events Open to the Public and CIL Disability Resource Center Events/Meetings for Staff:


Carolyn Grawi Press Release                                        

MEDIA ADVISORY:   For Immediate Release

CIL Disability Resource Center Announces New Executive DirectoPhoto of Carolyn Grawir

DATE:             January 12, 2018

CONTACTS:  Debbie Stanwood, 850-595-5566, Ext 20

Chris Walker CPA
President, CIL DRC Board of Directors
3600 North Pace Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32505


Carolyn L. Grawi, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, ADAC

The CIL Disability Resource Center (CILDRC), a nonprofit organization, that assists individuals with disabilities achieve their goals of independence. CILDRC has provided services to the community since 1980. CILDRC announces the selection of Carolyn L. Grawi, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, ADAC as its new Executive Director.  “We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported Chris Walker, CPA, as well as the CILDRC Board Selection Committee. “Carolyn will bring leadership and creativity to the Center’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to our region’s nonprofit sector.  She has served nonprofits at all levels in program, fundraising, executive and leadership levels, and has a breadth of perspective and experience.”

Carolyn will fill the vacancy created by the Center’s loss of Frank G. Cherry in July 2017. The selection was made after a national search and selection process.

Carolyn served as the Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Center since 2014. She brings more than 12 years of service from the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. During that time she accomplished a great many things. Notable highlights of her service and commitment include:

  • Ensuring financial stability and growing funding and private philanthropy
  • More than doubling the number of services provided between 2014-2017
  • Establishing and continually expanding the disability awareness and education program in district-wide K-12 schools
  • Tirelessly working to increase access for individuals with disabilities to public education, public rights of way, transportation, and voting throughout Washtenaw, Livingston, and Monroe Counties and throughout State of Michigan
  • Partnering with numerous businesses, governments, healthcare organizations, schools, and universities to promote inclusion of people with disabilities

Carolyn’s resume includes over 25 years of executive planning, social work, teaching, administration, communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector. She provides leadership and supervision to diverse teams; an advocate for civil rights; communities’ relationship building; casework to develop reasonable accommodations for consumers in employment and housing; department activities, training, presentations; provide educational consultations on accessibility and sensitivity to city governments, libraries, schools, transit providers, builders and developers; recommended and implemented policies in conflict management, and other issues.

Upon leaving Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, Carolyn remarked “I was fortunate enough that I had a long-running career with them,” she said. “I loved the time I spent there and I want to see the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living continue to do great things in the future. I am looking forward to my new role to serve as the Executive Director with the CIL Disability Resource Center. “I am dedicated to this work because it provides vital human services and cultural enrichment to our community.”

CIL DRC will host a Meet and Greet on January 30, 2018, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at 3600 North Pace Blvd., Pensacola to welcome Carolyn Grawi. RSVPs are encouraged to Debbie Stanwood, 850-595-5566, ext. 20 or email  Any requests for accommodations can be made by January 26, 2018.

Center for Independent Living of Northwest Florida, Inc. (FEIN: 59-2288751) 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),


Disability Community Advocacy Network (DCAN) meets monthly, 3rd Wednesday of each month, at the CIL Disability Resource Center Conference Room, 3600 North Pace Blvd., Pensacola, Florida. 32505. Meetings are:  Noon – 1:00 PM.    

  • Contact:  Sherri Myers
  • Voice/TDD: (850) 595-5566, ext. 22
  • FL Relay: (800) 955-8770,
  • Toll Free: (877) 245-2457


To find locations of FTRI Events:   Eligibility is open to Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, or speech impaired.  To receive specialized telephone equipment, you must provide proof of eligibility.

For more Information please contact:

  • Danny Broxson (, ILS/Volunteer Coordinator and FTRI Specialist,
  • Voice/TDD: (850) 595-5566, FL Relay: (800) 955-8770,
  • Toll Free: (877) 245-2457

FTRI specialized telephone equipment is available at no cost. You must also provide proof of residency with one of the following:

  • Florida Driver’s License
  • Florida Voter Registration Card
  • Florida Identification Card
  • Florida Vehicle Registration
  • Florida Medicaid Card
  • Letter from Social Security with your name and Florida address