Design Interactive (an Orlando company) received a federal grant from the Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI), to develop an app that will use Augmented Reality to assist people who have functional limitations with trip planning and navigation.
They are looking for participants for a “user community” to help them maximize the effectiveness of their product.
If you – or your staff or consumers – would like to participate in this initiative, please contact Jesse Flint:
A gathering of people with disabilities in the State of Florida throughout our State Capitol, including Senate Chambers.
We want to thank our fellow CILs and partners. We also met with Senator Broxson, Representaive Hill, Representative Williamson’s Legislative Aide Sydney Fowler, Senator Gainers Legislative Director Kim Rodgers, and had many additional conversations at the capitol and are appreciative of everyone involved.
Carolyn L. Grawi, MSW, LCSW, LMSW, ACSW, ADAC
Center for Independent Living Disability Resource Center
Jane E. Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living
325 John Knox Road, Bldg. C, Tallahassee, FL 32308
Many, many thanks to all of you who came to Tallahassee for CIL Day yesterday! Your collective visits and voices really made an impact – throughout the Capitol. Even though the official Legislative Session doesn’t begin until January 14th, we are already off to a great start!
The bill that passed (HB 39) was amended to include a more inclusive definition of disability thanks to successful advocacy by Corey Hinds! Tony Delisle and Carolyn Grawi gave compelling testimony on behalf of the CIL network! Other CIL stakeholders filled the meeting room and submitted comments on the record in support of the bill! Behind the scenes making everything run smoothly: Kristen Herron, Beth Meyer, Robert Cox and Shelly Gurr turned the 22nd floor of the Capitol into the perfect venue for our midday meeting. And out front leading the way – ! ! Georgia McKeown!! – our fearless (and tireless) lobbyist and friend!
If you would like to send a note of appreciation to any of the special guests who took the time to speak to our group, their contact information is below:
Dept. of Elder Affairs Secretary Richard Prudom
AHCA Secretary Mary Mayhew
VR Director Allison Flanagan
Able Trust CEO Tony Carvajal
Thank you again for your time and effective advocacy!
Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. – Can you hear me now?
Karen Jackson with Allison Bell One of many Independent Living Services of the CIL Disability Resource Center is FTRI (Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.). Karen Jackson is one our IL/FTRI Specialists.
Ms. Allison Bell was referred to CILDRC/FTRI by her Audiologist due to her hearing loss. We looked at her choices of the hearing impaired phones bases on what would be best for her. Karen set up the XLC3.4 and made a few test calls with her while adjusting the volume, ring styles and the tone for her. Allison states “I am very excited that CILDRC/FTRI Programs were able to improve my ability to understand and communicate with others.” Allison also reports that she is a top ranked associate at JC Penny Department Store and discussed how it is hard to hear and understand customers. Allison was provided a demo with a pocket talker. She will submit an ADA Reasonable Accommodation request to her employer from the advocacy services she received at the center. Allison says, “I am striving to not just be one of the top associates in the district, but to be able to excel in the region.” People with disabilities are able to do anything anyone else can do, some times we just do things a little differently. The center is a place where all may come to work toward their individual success. Thank you Allison! Great work Karen!
Making a Difference – Hunter
CILDRC is committed to removing barriers to achieving goals for independence. Sometimes, those goals are related to assistive devices.
CILDRC provided funding for replacing batteries on a power wheelchair for a teenager. Hunter said “I am independent now, Mom”!
From Roseann, mother of consumer Hunter:
“As a parent to a child who has many health concerns, completing daily living skills can be a difficult task. That is until I was introduced to the Center for Independent Living. The people here assist anyone with a disability in any way they can. Not only did they get my son’s battery operated wheelchair up and running, but they also purchased a shower chair that was able to fit in my tub perfectly!! ‘I’m taking a shower like the big kids!’ – Hunter
Roseann stated “the services Hunter received not only has had an effect on him, it has decreased the intensity of the labor involved in the crucial care I provide for my son, which has now been turned into an effortless, uncomplicated and manageable job.”
CILDRC is proud assist consumers and their caregivers to have successes in the community.