FREE Transportation Orientation

Don’t forget, there’s a FREE transportation orientation coming up at LIFE CIL. Learn about both fixed-route, or “regular” bus service, and Connect Mobility, the ADA Paratransit option provided by Connect Transit. Learn about fares, how to ride, the “Do’s and Don’ts” for riding the bus, who may be eligible for Paratransit service and how to apply, and more.

Wednesday July 13, 11a-12n: 2201 Eastland Dr. Suite 1, Bloomington IL 61704

If you have questions, contact Shannon Tarkowski, Transportation Specialist, by phone 309-663-5433 or email: email hidden; JavaScript is required.  Hope you can join us!


Connect Transit – Fare Structure Changes?

Connect Transit is proposing changes to their fare structure.  Get involved and let the Connect Transit Board of Trustees know your thoughts!

  • Wednesday, July 13 at 5:00 p.m. at Uptown Station (4th Floor Multipurpose Room) located at 11 Uptown Circle in Normal.

You can learn more about the new proposed fare structure and how to get to the hearings at: Connect Transit News

 

 

MANY THANKS!

The Board of Directors and Staff of LIFE Center for Independent Living (LIFE CIL) would like to thank everyone who made our Wheelchair Basketball Game a success!  The University of Illinois Wheelchair Basketball Teams played an exhibition game against Area Athletic Coaches.  Area Athletic Coaches included:

  • Coach Bryan Thomas from Normal Community High School
  • Coach Wes Temples from Normal Community High School
  • Coach BJ Zeleznik from LeRoy High School
  • Coach Mark Edmundson from LeRoy High School
  • Coach Alex Goudy from Paxton-Buckley-Loda
  • Coach Darren Hess from Normal Community West High School
  • Coach Corey Ostling from Normal Community West High School
  • Coach Mike Crumpler from Bloomington High School
  • Coach Mike Allen from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School
  • Coach Ryan Tompkins from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School

In addition to the game, the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees ran our concessions. There was a silent auction with the help of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Tau Tau Chapter, a 50/50 raffle (the winner donated their winnings back to LIFE CIL), a door prize (thanks to Bloomington Edge Football) and guest appearances by Spike from the Bloomington Edge Football (who also threw up the tip ball to start the game), Reggie Redbird, and Corny from the Normal CornBelters Baseball team.  Members of the Bloomington Edge Football Dance Team who performed a couple of their routines during the event.  We also had members of the Zoo Crew there to do face painting and balloons, which was a great addition to this year’s event.

This event is an annual fundraiser for LIFE CIL, but in addition to that, a portion of the proceeds pay for two scholarships for the University of Illinois Youth Wheelchair Sports Camps this summer.  This is also a great disability awareness event, an event for the whole family!  We hope to see you again next year and welcome anyone who has not been before, to join us in 2017!  As soon as we have a date set, we will post it.

Below is a list of our event sponsors: 

Backboard Shattering Sponsors (starting at $500):

  • OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center
  • Kathy Owen Photography
  • PIP Printing & Marketing Services

Slam Dunk Sponsors (starting at $250):

  • Advocate Charitable Foundation
  • Cook’s Autobody
  • Health Alliance
  • Heartland Bank and Trust Company
  • OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center
  • Wayne’s Music World

Alley-Oop Sponsors (starting at $100):

  • A Caring Touch of McLean County, Inc.
  • Accent Family Dental
  • Bloomington-Normal Audiology
  • Tom Brokaw, State Farm Agent
  • COUNTRY Financial
  • GROWMARK, Inc.
  • Illinois Farm Bureau
  • Koko Printing
  • McDonalds of Bloomington-Normal, McLean and Gibson City
  • Mid-America Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Uplift Productions
  • YWCA McLean County

We would also like to thank all of the individuals, businesses and organizations who gave either monetary or in-kind donations to support the event, including donations for the silent auction items and concessions.

We could not have done this without the help of our volunteers who put in their time and hard work to help make the event a success.  Thank you to each and every one of you!  We appreciate your help!

 

 

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.

 

 

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You can click on the LIKE button to the right, 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
  • Sunday, May 7: Happy Mother's Day!
  • Monday, May 9: Community Advocacy Training (CAT) Class 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 10: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 11: Transit Orientation 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Monday, May 16: Community Advocacy Training (CAT) Class 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 17: Transition Planning Committee 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18: CEFT Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 19: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
  • Monday, May 23: Community Advocacy Training (CAT) Class 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. & CAT Class Graduation 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 26: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day Holiday; LIFE CIL's offices closed.
  • Thursday, June 2: Low Vision Support Group at Westminster Village (2025 E. Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 8: Transit Orientation 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Tuesday, June 14: Flag Day
  • Tuesday, June 14: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 15: CEFT Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 16: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m. - 6: 15 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 19: Happy Father's Day!
  • Tuesday, June 21: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 23: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Monday, July 4: Independence Day Holiday; LIFE CIL offices are closed. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!
  • Thursday, July 7: Low Vision Support Group Meeting at Westminster Village (2025 E. Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 12: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 13: Transit Orientation 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Tuesday, July 19: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 20: CEFT Meeting 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 21: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. & Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 28: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m.