Election Day is Tuesday, November 4

Why vote? Every election is important and this one is no different. People with disabilities need to vote in order to assure access to services, transportation, education, and opportunity to work. Our voices need to be heard by those who make decisions that affect us in our quests to live independently in the community of our choice, with the proper services and supports available. There is no greater example of self-advocacy than to exercise our right to vote. Our vote matters!

“Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does.” - Justin Dart, Jr. (father of the Americans with Disabilities Act)

Check out the ADVOCACY tab on our website to learn more about where to vote in each county we serve.  If you have other questions or would like to know more about your voting rights, contact Rickielee at our Bloomington office.

 

Voters with Disabilities Helpline

On Tuesday, November 4, the day of the General Election, Equip for Equality will have advocates available by telephone to answer questions about any voting problem you may experience.  Advocates will be taking your calls from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Call them at 1-800-537-2632, by TTY at 1-800-610-2779, or contact by email at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Equip for Equality is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the human and civil rights of children and adults with disabilities in Illinois.

 

 

FREE Workshop for Livingston County Residents:

Planning Seminar for Children and Adults with

Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2014

WHERE: St. Patrick’s Parish Hall located at 118 West Mazon Street in Dwight

TIME: Registration from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m., Presentation and Question and Answer Session to follow

PRESENTED BY: Attorneys Brian and Benjamin Rubin & Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional Sherri Schneider

HOSTED BY: Livingston County Mental Health and Transition Planning Committee

Register for this event by calling 815/844-7708

 

 

LIFE CIL has a couple of new staff members!

LIFE Center for Independent Living would like to welcome a couple of new people to our staff. 

Nicole Corrigan is the new Independent Living Advocate in our Pontiac office.  She will be assisting consumers with our core services: advocacy, independent living skills training, peer mentoring and information and referral.  Nicole will also be doing some outreach in the Livingston County area and attending various community meetings.

Beth Dowell is the new Secretary in our Bloomington office.  She will be answering phones, working with our equipment loan program, the ITAC amplified phone program, providing staff accommodations and assisting with reports.

 

 

“Reach for the Peak: New Challenges and New Goals”

Annual Meeting and Awards Night

Thursday, November 13

Reception with Hors D’Oeuvres prepared by the culinary arts students of the Bloomington Area Career Center from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.;  Program begins at 6:15 p.m. at Normal Public Library

Our guest speaker is Andrés J. Gallegos.  Andrés, a shareholder in the Chicago law firm of Robbins, Salomon and Patt, Ltd., focuses his practice on disability rights and healthcare law. He has been appointed by Governor Quinn to the Governor’s Task Force on Employment and Economic Opportunities for People with Disabilities, and the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois.  He was selected as a 2010 Delegate by the National Council on Disabilities to its Summit on National Disability Policy.  He was the co-founder and co-chairman of Illinois in Motion, a coalition fostering spinal cord injury cure research funding. In that capacity.  Andrés’ advocacy before the Illinois legislature was instrumental in the passage of the spinal cord injury awareness month (September) declaration, spinal cord injury cure research and stem cell research funding legislation. He is currently vice-chairman of the Board of Directors for Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago. He has written numerous articles on matters relating to the ADA application to healthcare providers, and is a frequent lecturer on that subject. Andrés is married to his beautiful wife, Donna, and they have two children, Alicia (just recently married) and Andrés II (just recently engaged).

This is an event that requires an RSVP.  Please contact Beth at our Bloomington office to RSVP by November 12.

 

Currency Identifier App Available for iPhones

Something that might be useful to you or someone you know…There is a FREE app developed by the Department of Treasury that will enable persons who are blind or visually impaired with an iPhone to identify denominations of currency.  To learn more about this free application available to iPhone users, go to http://www.eyenote.gov.

You can also learn more information about other currency changes or currency identifiers at www.bep.gov.

 

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 Beth in our Bloomington office or Nicole in our Pontiac office.

 

 

Volunteer Receptionist

We are currently looking for a volunteer receptionist for Mondays in our Bloomington office.  This volunteer position would include answering the telephone, greeting our visitors, assisting with our equipment loan program, including some paperwork, and minimal photocopying.  We would prefer to have someone who is dependable and committed to working each Monday.

If you are interested, please contact Brianne at our Bloomington office for an application or for more information.

 

 

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.

 

Like us on Facebook!

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, November 10: Healthy Relationships Class 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, November 10: Community Advocacy Training 102 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 11: CLOSED for Veterans Day—Many thanks to all of the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country!
  • Wednesday, November 12: Transportation Advisory Council (TAC) Meeting 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 13: LIFE Center for Independent Living’s Annual Meeting “Reach for the Peak: New Challenges and New Goals” with guest speaker Andres Gallegos at Normal Public Library (206 West College Avenue, Normal) 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 14: Illinois Imagines Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 14: CEFT Meeting 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 17: Healthy Relationships Class 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, November 17: Community Advocacy Training 102 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 17: Ability in Aktion Club Meeting 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 18: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 19: CEFT Meeting 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 24: Healthy Relationships Class 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, November 24: Community Advocacy Training 102 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 27: CLOSED for Thanksgiving Day—We all have a lot to be thankful for, celebrate all of those things today!
  • Friday, November 28: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 1: Community Advocacy Training 102 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 2: Women’s Advocacy Support Group 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 4: Low Vision Support Group at Westminster Village (2025 East Lincoln, Bloomington) 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 4: CCDI Meeting 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 4: Board Development Committee Meeting 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 4: Community Relations Committee Meeting 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Friday, December 5: Illinois Imagines Meeting 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, December 8: Healthy Relationships Class 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, December 8: Community Advocacy Training 102 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 9: Human Services Council Meeting 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 10: Transportation Advisory Council (TAC) Meeting 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 11: Board of Directors Meeting 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 12: CEFT Meeting 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, December 15: Healthy Relationships Class 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, December 15: Community Advocacy Training 102 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 15: Ability in Aktion Club Meeting 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 16: Transition Planning Committee (TPC) Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 17: CEFT Meeting 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 22: Healthy Relationships Class 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • LIFE Center for Independent Living’s offices will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 through Thursday, January 1. We will be open again on Friday, January 2, 2015. We wish each and every one of you a happy holiday season!