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Human Service Providers Necessary

This is a Letter to the Editor that was in The Pantagraph on Wednesday, February 18.  It was written by our Executive Director, Gail Kear.

“I am deeply concerned about the Gov. Rauner’s proposal that only “essential” programs, those that are mandated, court-ordered or reimbursed by Medicaid, should be funded. In public talks and in his State of the State speech he has said little about the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.

Slashing the budgets of human service providers would result in more unemployment, a negative impact on local and state economies, and a lack of services for thousands of people with disabilities, seniors, homeless citizens and people living on low incomes. Many human service providers such as Life Center for Independent Living save the state money. The governor and legislators must ask themselves if this is the direction in which the state should go.

LIFE-CIL provides many services to people with disabilities that are essential to their lives and continued independence, enabling them to live in their own homes and avoid unnecessary institutional care. One of our programs has assisted 64 individuals to move from nursing homes to their own homes over the last 14 years, saving the state over $5.3 million. The 20 Centers for Independent Living in Illinois that provide this program have collectively saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars. Countless other human service agencies provide critical services that keep people out of expensive hospitals and jails and state institutions.

Human service agencies such as LIFE CIL are a cost-effective investment for the state, and the improved quality of life for those we serve is priceless.”

Gail Kear

Bloomington

The writer is executive director, LIFE Center for Independent Living

 

 

WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL 2015

Join us for a day of fun for the whole family!

This year, members of the University of Illinois Wheelchair Basketball Teams will be playing against the Bloomington-Normal Deaf Club!

WHEN:  Saturday, April 11, 2015

TIME:  Doors open and activities begin at 10:00 a.m.; Game starts at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Kingsley Junior High School, 303 Kingsley in Normal, IL

Tickets are $5.00 each, children 5 and under are free.  Tickets are on sale now at LIFE CIL or at the door the day of the event.

In addition to the game, there will be a silent auction with baskets made of donations from local businesses; 50/50 raffle, a door prize, concessions with the help of the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees; Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe will be performing before the game and again at half-time.

Music by Wayne’s Music World; Photography by My View of You Photography.

Proceeds from this event go to LIFE Center for Independent Living; a portion of the proceeds will pay for two scholarships for youth to attend the University of Illinois youth wheelchair sports camps this summer.

 

 

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.  If you are a resident of the state of Illinois, have a landline telephone and are hard of hearing, you could qualify for a FREE amplified telephone and be able to stay in touch with your family, friends and loved ones over the phone.

If you are interested in receiving an application or if you have questions about the program, please contact one of our offices and talk with either Brianne in our Bloomington office or Nicole in our Pontiac office.

 

Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe needs your help!

Any of you that have been to our Wheelchair Basketball event in the spring knows who the Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe are!

The Kids on the Block, Inc. is an international program that began  in 1977 in response to US Public Law 94-142 requiring children with disabilities be educated in the least restrictive environment.  The Kids on the Block, Inc. have over 40 different programs that address various disabilities, educational and medical differences and social concerns for groups or organizations to choose from.  The puppet troupe performs skits you can learn about a few disabilities displayed in the program by puppets who are blind or have Cerebral Palsy, learning disabilities, or Down Syndrome.

Tanvi Singh is the current Director of the Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe and there is a chance she may not be able to continue to be the Director of this wonderful puppet troupe.  If you are interested in becoming involved and possibly becoming the Director for the local The Kids on the Block Puppet Troupe, please contact Tanvi 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
  • Monday, March 2: Community Advocacy Training 102 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 5: Low Vision Support Group at Westminster Village (2025 East Lincoln Street, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 5: CCDI Meeting 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 6: Illinois Imagines Meeting 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 9: Community Advocacy Training 102 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 10: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 11: Transportation Advisory Council (TAC) Meeting 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 16: Community Advocacy Training 102 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 16: Ability in Aktion Club Meeting 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 17: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to wear green
  • Tuesday, March 17: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18: CEFT Meeting 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 19: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 19: Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 21: National Federation of the Blind, Bloomington Chapter 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 23: Community Advocacy Training 102 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 26: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 2: Low Vision Support Group at Westminster Village (2025 East Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 2: CCDI Meeting 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 2: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 2: Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Friday, April 3: Illinois Imagines Meeting 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 6: Community Advocacy Training 101 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 11: WHEELCHAIR BASKEBALL at Kingsley Junior High School, 303 Kingsley, Normal, IL Doors open and activities begin at 10:00 a.m., Game begins at 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, April 13: Community Advocacy Training 101 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 14: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15: CEF Meeting 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 18: National Federation of the Blind, Bloomington Chapter 12:00 noon – 4:00p.m.
  • Monday, April 20: Community Advocacy Training 101 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 20: Ability in Aktion Club Meeting 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 21: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 30: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m.
  • Friday, May 1: Illinois Imagines Meeting 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 2: Youth Community Advocacy Training 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.