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New Way of Communicating

We have a new way of communicating with our consumers, supporters, and people in the community who want to know more and learn more about us and how LIFE CIL can assist.  We will be using Constant Contact to get out information about our services, advocacy alerts, upcoming events, how you can get involved and our new electronic newsletter.  If you would like to be added to this list to begin receiving emails from us, please email us and let us know.  Send an email to: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

 

Why aren’t you riding Connect Transit?

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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!
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Learn More! Come to a Transportation Orientation to learn more or contact Shannon.

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.

NOTE: if these days/times do not work for you, call Shannon & set up a 1-to-1 orientation at a time that works for you or your group! Contact Shannon by phone/TTY 309-663-5433 or email: email hidden; JavaScript is required to RSVP, request an accommodation (like large print, or an interpreter), or schedule an orientation or 1-to-1 bus training!

 

 

2018 WCBB

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 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.

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Photo from Wheelchair Basketball 2015. Players in action and crowd is excited and cheering them on.  Photo credit: Kathy Owen Photography

 

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!

FOR MORE INFO: Contact Brianne Anderson, Administrative Services Director, at 309/663-5433 or via email: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

 

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Home Again

“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.

For More information about the Community Reintegration Program, contact our Community Living Advocate, Vicky Hogan.  She can be reached at (309) 663-5433 or via email: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

 

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Personal Assistant (PA) is helping their employer prepare a meal.

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.

If you have any questions about our Personal Assistant referral list or for more information, please contact Vicky Hogan, our Community Living Advocate at 309/663-5433 or via email: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

 

 

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ITAC Flyer: Having Trouble Hearing on the Phone? Illinois has a FREE Amplified Phone Program. Contact LIFE CIL to learn more.

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

To receive an application or for more information, contact Brianne at LIFE CIL at 309/663-5433, toll free at 888/543-3245 or by email at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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!

 

 

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Upcoming Events
  • Monday, January 1: HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2018 be all you wish for it to be and more!
  • Thursday, January 4: Low Vision Support Group Meeting at Westminster Village (2025 E. Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 5: Healthy Relationships Class 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 9: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 12: Healthy Relationships Class 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Monday, January 15: LIFE CIL offices are closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, January 16: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 17: CEFT Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • Wednesday, January 17: Senior Service Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 18: Personal Assistant (PA) Orientation 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 18: Watch Party: Live stream Governor candidates forum 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 18: Board Committee Meetings: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Friday, January 19: Healthy Relationships Class 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 21: Illinois Association for the Deaf Meeting
  • Tuesday, January 23: Transportation Orientation 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 25: Board of Directors Meeting begins at 5:15 p.m.
  • Friday, January 26: Healthy Relationships Class 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 1: Low Vision Support Group at Westminster Village (2025 E. Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 2: Healthy Relationships Class 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 6: Personal Assistant (PA) Orientation in our Pontiac Office (320 W. Madison, Pontiac) 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 6: Transportation Orientation 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 9: Healthy Relationships Class 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, February 9: Watch Party: Live stream of Attorney General candidates forum 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 13: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 15: Board Committee Meetings: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Friday, February 16: Healthy Relationships Class 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 20: Transportation Orientation 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 20: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 21: CEFT Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • Wednesday, February 21: Senior Service Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 22: Personal Assistant (PA) Orientation 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 22: Board of Directors Meeting begins at 5:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 1: Low Vision Support Group Meeting at Westminster Village (2025 E. Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 6: Personal Assistant (PA) Orientation in our Pontiac Office (320 W. Madison, Pontiac) 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 13: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15: Board Committee Meetings: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 20: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 21: CEFT Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • Wednesday, March 21: Senior Service Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 22: Personal Assistant (PA) Orientation 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 29: Board of Directors Meeting begins at 5:15 p.m.