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 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 June 4, 2020

In this update:

•Update on the 40th Anniversary Gala
•Messages to the Community
•Severe Weather Risk
•Health Care Information
•CILDRC Service updates
•Pride and Accessibility
•Google’s New Accessibility Tools
•Disability Rights International
•Upcoming Community Events
•Virus Info by County
•Census Reminder
•Please Donate!

CILDRC Updates:

CIL Disability Resource Center Coronavirusis 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.

Our team has returned to the office and we continue to practice CDC guidelines
and physical distancing by providing services by appointment only.

We ask that when an appointment is made that if you have any COVID-19
symptoms or are not feeling well that you stay home and contact us via phone. For all who come to the office for your appointment you will have an infrared temperature taken, you will need to where masks and gloves and you will be asked some screening questions in order to enter our building.

The CIL Team continues to also reach out by telephone to assess and fulfill consumer unmet needs. We have been able to assist many individuals with connection to food, equipment and/or a listening ear.

We reviewed and discussed housing opportunities with a community member this week. The consumer and several of our team members looked at the accessibility of the housing plan. We looked for ways to support the individual in having his needs met. This is not a “one and done” meeting. We will assist the individual in working with departments and sharing his concerns about the process and working towards his goal of returning to home ownership.

New challenges of COVID-19 occur everyday. If you are experiencing new urgent or ongoing matters that you want to attend to, please contact us ASAP.  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 the most updated information regarding Coronavirus, please visit:
Centers for Disease Control:
Florida Department of Health:

Update for the 40th Anniversary of the CIL Disability Resource

 “Honoring Our Past, Planning Our Future” Gala.  Due to the ongoing spread of Covid‐19 (Coronavirus), we made the difficult decision to postpone the 40th Anniversary of the CIL Disability Resource Center (CILDRC) “Honoring Our Past, Planning Our Future” Gala. We will plan a Gala event for July 2021 and we hope you will be a part of those efforts.

Although an in person Gala will not be held in 2020, CILDRC’s fundraising efforts will continue to support people with disabilities in the Community. CILDRC provides education, advocacy and other services to promote equality, access, and inclusion for people with disabilities whose goals are living independently in the community. We won’t let Coronavirus stop our incredible momentum – we have pledges over $10,000 for our anniversary celebration.
Even though the gala won’t go on, we still need your support!  Together your commitment honors the anniversary of successes people with disabilities have had for 40 years in our community with the CIL Disability Resource Center. Your continued support with the Center will also further the independence of individuals today and in the future.
In place of the Gala for 2020, we will be launching an online fundraising campaign throughout the month of July. Our online donation link is here. Our community has come together to raise funds for worthy causes, and we’re
hopeful that you will continue to support us in this time of need – thank you for all your continued generosity!
Should you have questions, please contact CILDRC directly at

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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.

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),