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Why aren’t you riding Connect Transit?
Do you want to learn how to ride, where it goes, or what Connect Mobility is? Come and learn at a FREE Orientation, or FREE 1-to-1 bus training.
- Orientations are held @ LIFE CIL or can be scheduled at your organization (presentations can be customized to fit your needs).
- Orientations give an overview of public transportation, how to plan a trip & ride, who is eligible for Connect Mobility & how to apply. One-to-one Bus Training is also available!
The next transportation orientations are scheduled for:
Tuesday, February 6 at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m.
U of I Wheelchair Basketball logo Wheelchair Basketball logo LIFE CIL’s Dream Team logo
SAVE THE DATE: Mark Your Calendars
WHO: Members of the University of Illinois Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Teams vs. LIFE CIL’s 10th Anniversary Dream Team (This team will include home team players from the last nine years who will come together to represent LIFE CIL in this milestone game.)
WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 2018
WHERE: Kingsley Junior High School, 303 Kingsley Street, Normal
TIME: Doors open and activities begin at 10:00 a.m.; Game starts at 11:00 a.m.
COST: Tickets are $5.00 each. Tickets can be purchased in advance (starting February 5) at LIFE CIL or from a Dream Team member. Tickets will also be sold at the door. Free admission for children ages 5 and under.
Join us for this day of family fun! In addition to the exciting game, there will be a 50/50 raffle, concessions, silent auction, face painting, balloons and more! We hope to see you there!
“If it wasn’t for the Community Reintegration Program I would still be stuck in the nursing home.” – Robert Ballantini
Rob was introduced to LIFE CIL’s Community Reintegration Program during the spring of 2015. Rob had been living in nursing homes for over two years due to medical complications, and was more than ready to live independently again. He has always been determined to live a full life, even though he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 20 years ago.
With the help of the Community Reintegration Program, Rob moved out of the nursing home in the Spring of 2016 and has regained his ability to be active in the community. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and is an avid fan of the Bloomington Thunder hockey team. He attends games frequently and enjoys having the freedom to do what he wants without any restrictions. Rob is a very social person; he has coordinated group trips for his apartment complex and is working with his property manager to plan future events. He has participated in the annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York for five years and plans to take part in another walk in Washington D.C. this summer. Rob was also an active participant in LIFE CIL’s Community Advocacy Training class. He has taken trips Springfield, had conversations with legislators and has become a strong advocate for himself and others.
Rob is extremely thankful for the help that he received through the Community Reintegration Program. He says the financial support, assistance with household items, and the coordination of personal assistant services were all crucial to his success in living on his own. Rob receives daily support from a personal assistant which allows him to maintain his independence in the community. Rob strives to do as much as he can for himself and continues to live by his philosophy: “I will defeat the disease; it won’t defeat me.”
The Community Reintegration Program can assist individuals who have a disability, ages 18-59, and individuals of any age who have a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or AIDS. Besides providing someone with a new start in life, the cost savings for the state is approximately $20,000 a year for someone to live in their home with support services verses living in the nursing home.
Community Reintegration Benefits:
- Assistance with locating and securing housing
- Assistance with the first months’ rent and security deposit
- Assistance with household supplies, furniture and first months’ groceries
- Assistance with home modifications and assistive equipment
- Assistance with independent living skills training
- Assessment of services through the DRS- Home Services Program
- Provides personal assistant referrals and personal assistant management training
- Provides case management, advocacy and support
The Community Reintegration Program gives individuals such a great opportunity, and we would like to assist you or anyone that you may know that could benefit from this program.
Looking for Personal Assistants
If you are interested in assisting individuals with disabilities in their home to be able to live independently, we would like to get you on our referral list!
LIFE CIL’s Personal Assistant Program is looking for people wanting to assist people with disabilities with their in-home care. No medical background or experience necessary.
Please stop by our Bloomington or Pontiac office or visit our website at http://www.lifecil.org/employment/personal-assistant/ for an application.
Return the application to Vicky Hogan, Community Living Advocate, and she will be in contact with you about the next steps you will need to take, including scheduling you for a mandatory orientation.
Current pay associated with Home Services Program is $13.00 an hour.
To attend a scheduled, upcoming orientation, please turn in your application at least two days prior to the orientation so that Vicky can contact you to confirm your attendance in the upcoming orientation. Check our calendar of events for the dates for upcoming orientations.
Having Trouble Hearing on the Telephone?
LIFE Center for Independent Living may be able to help! LIFE CIL is a selection center for the ITAC amplified telephone program.
FREE AMPLIFIED PHONE PROGRAM
If you have a landline telephone, there are currently 5 amplified phones to choose from. Come and test the phones and find out what works best for you!
If you have a cell phone that you have trouble hearing on, there is now a cellular phone amplifier you can get also!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO QUALIFY:
You must be a resident of the State of Illinois and provide proof of residency (copy of drivers license, state ID card, OR piece of mail showing same address as application)
You must provide a copy of your telephone bill for a landline amplified phone and/or a copy of your cellular phone bill for a cell phone amplifier
An ITAC amplified phone application; you’ll need to have your audiologist, physician OR certified DRS counselor complete the back of the application to certify you have a hearing loss
Keep in mind that you are eligible for a new phone every 3 years through this program. So, if you have benefited from this program, but you have had your phone three years or more, please come back in and see what new technology is available that you could benefit from!
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You can click on the LIKE button on this page, or you can visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lifecil. We are hoping we will be able to further assist the community through social media and keep in touch with those who want to know what LIFE CIL is up to!