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Together We GIVE

 YOUR support through donations will continue to assist people with disabilities!

CIL Disability  Resource Center continues to ask for your support to assist people with disabilities and the mission of CIL Disability Resource Center with your donations.  Can you pitch in $5, $10, $20, or whatever you can give today? YOUR donation will make a HUGE difference!!   Please see below the many ways your involvement impacts people with disabilities in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties in Northwest Florida.


The Center for Independent Living- Disability Resource Center is always in need of the following items and volunteers, and we  appreciate any advocate who would like to give back during this pandemic and beyond!  Together we can make a difference.
Committed Board of Directors or advisory Members

Donations to provide: wheelchairs, walkers, and other durable medical equipment

Volunteer professional services: Advocacy lawyers, marketing, graphics, photography, Interior painters

Recycle, Refurbish, Reuse: Donations to repair used donated equipment for ongoing use

Capital land, and/or new building (6000 sq ft minimum, street signage, good lighting, on a bus line, with parking): digital phone system

Gift cards to restaurants and grocers for our constituents and our programs

Volunteers for Anniversary Event hosts, event planners, fundraisers, and/or reception duties

Underwriters/sponsors for events

Auction Items for our events including condo/hotel stays, experiences, gift cards, and “must-bid” on items

General: Paper, light bulbs, binder clips, and paint

Carolyn Grawi

A message from Carolyn Grawi, Executive Director CIL Disability Resource Center

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IN THIS UPDATE: Important Annoucements & Link to Most Recent Newsletter May 22, 2020

In this update:
• PSA: CIL Disability Resource Center
• What is Ableism and How Can We Stop It?
• Mortgage and housing assistance during Covid-19
• Easy Tips on Disaster Preparedness
• CILDRC Service updates
• Free Drive-Through Covid-19 Testing
• How to Avoid Scammers After Your Stimulus Check
• Florida Covid-19 Update
• Upcoming Community Events
• Virus Info by County
• Census Reminder
• Social Engagement Activity, May 27th at 12:00 noon
• Please Donate!

May 22, 2020 Newsletter (Link to PDF)

As the situation with the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, CIL Disability Resource Center is committed to developing ways to provide services for people with disabilities in the safest, most efficient manner possible. We understand there are needs in our community that are not being met and we are working to close that gap.

CILDRC staff will be contacting all current and former consumers over the next days and weeks to check in, provide information and help connect resources so that people with disabilities can get what they need. We are keenly aware of the challenges faced by many who lack access to food, medications, medical equipment and other life sustaining necessities.

If your situation is such that you do not need assistance and you do not need to hear from us, please reply to “I AM OKAY.” Please include your name and phone number when you reply.

In the meantime, the CILDRC Staff will continue our current operating method of not meeting with consumers in our office. We will be managing day to day activities by appointment and remotely during our normal business hours 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. You can reach us by calling 850-595-5566 or by email

We will do everything we can to assist individuals with urgent matters in a timely manner.Thank you everyone for helping our communities stay safe and healthy during these difficult times.

For More information Click Here

Important Information about Coronavirus:

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (also known as COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.
What are the symptoms?



Shortness of breath

How is it spread?

Contact with someone with the virus who is sneezing and/or coughing

Indirect contact from contaminated hands and objects soiled with nasal and throat secretions, such as tissues

Help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as Coronavirus:

Stay home when you are sick

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard in trash

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For the most updated information regarding Coronavirus, please visit:
Centers for Disease Control:
Florida Department of Health:

40th Anniversary Gala

40th GALA Invitation (Click to Download)

Registration at

Contact:  850-595-5566 for more information

Help Support CIL Disability Resource Center

You can support the Center for Independent Living Disability Resource Center to enhance opportunities for independence.


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.

Mission: CIL Disability Resource Center promotes, educates, facilitates, assists and advocates with and on behalf of people with disabilities, in partnership with their communities, to achieve their goals of independence.

Vision:  CIL Disability Resource Center envisions a world where people with disabilities have freedom, choice and control over all aspects of their lives, so they can fully and equally participate in society

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:

          CapTel FTRI Phone - Free Accessible Telephone Program         Manual Wheelchair

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.

Community Transition: Community Transition is assisting people with disabilities to move out of nursing homes and other institutions into independent lifestyles of their choice; helping to prevent people with disabilities from entering institutions; and assisting youth in transitioning from high school to adult life including next steps such as going to college or obtaining employment  Youth.Transition.Brochure(Click link to download brochure).  Come visit us for training and resources on community transition.

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. 800-HELP-FLA (435-7352),