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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:



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.

Agenda Item 3/28/18:

“The Mighty Cell Phone and Disability Advocacy”. Demonstration and discussion of disability advocates using cell phones to access city and county 311 and 411 systems to report complaints of broken sidewalks, lack of curb cuts,  obstructions of sidewalks, building accessibility code violations, and handicap parking design violations and other code violation.

If you need accommodations to attend the meeting please call Sherri at (850) 293-7841, 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Meetings are:  Noon – 1:00 PM.    

  • Contact:  Sherri Myers
  • Voice/TDD: (850) 595-5566, ext. 22 or 850-293-7841
  • FL Relay: (800) 955-8770,
  • Toll Free: (877) 245-2457
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),


2018 Youth Leadership Forum
July 18-22, 2018 – Tallahassee, FL

The 2018 Youth Leadership Forum for students with disabilities is right around the corner. It will take place this summer (July 18-22) in Tallahassee and the application -delegate – FINAL PDF deadline is APRIL 15!!!!

This is going to be an awesome program and is totally free for students! Expenses paid: Room and board, transportation and all activities. Students will spend 4 days in Tallahassee and learn about leadership, advocacy, employment, college transitions, etc. and will participate in a mock session at the capitol, site visits for career exploration, hear exciting speakers and enjoy a talent show and dance. Many of the alums talk about the lifelong friendships they make. It’s going to be a great time!    application -delegate – FINAL PDF


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