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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.

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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?
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • 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:

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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),