The Independent Life

4
Mar

Service Animals and Human Services with Laura Lee Putzback

Laura Lee strives to empower individuals with disabilities to become highly skilled service dog handlers who have access to a safe and inclusive community. As advisory board chair for New Life Medical Service Dogs, Inc. she co-authored the person-centered curriculum which focuses on awareness and impact of disability when using a service animal, dog handling skills, and the rights and responsibilities of service animal owners.  She is certified by the University of Missouri as an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) coordinator. As the lead advocate with the Service Dog Alliance of Florida, she conducts business and community education, manages the warm line to support service dog handlers and local businesses with information and referral services, and assists handlers in navigating employment, housing, transportation, and pubic access issues.   

She has 30+ years’ experience in the delivery, design and management of public and private health and human services.  She has managed community-based programs for the disabled and elderly.   Laura Lee is a two-time recipient of the City of Virginia Beach Creativity in Public Service Award (1993 & 1997).   

As a volunteer her leadership has built organizational capacity.  Those roles have included:  George Dame Federally Qualified Health Center Vice President, Leadership Citrus Board of Governors Chair, NAMI Florida Board of Directors, Florida Local Advocacy Council (Gubernatorial Appointed) vice-chair and United Way of Citrus County Treasurer. 

 

Americans with Disabilities Act https://www.ada.gov/ 

ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program https://www.adacoordinator.org/default.aspx 

Service Dog Alliance of Florida  352-410-6500   servicedogaf@hotmail.com 

25
Feb

Center for Independent Living of South Florida with Peter O’Connell

Peter O’Connell is the Executive Director for The Center for Independent Living of South Florida, located in downtown Miami. Peter and his staff serve a diverse population, staying true to the independent living (IL) philosophy, and therefore, all of our services are person-centered. The consumer, along with their family and/or support system, identify the services needed, and together with CIL staff, map out a plan that will guides every consumer in achieving their independent living goals.

 

For more information about The Center for Independent Living of South Florida, visit https://www.cilsf.org/

 

(305) 751-8025

(786) 347-7318 (videophone)

info@cilsf.org

22
Feb

Weekly Legislative Update w/Jane Johnson: Feb. 15 - Feb. 19

Follow the 2021 Legislative Session Weekly Updates: http://floridacils.org/news

 

For More Information: http://www.cilncf.org/

Contact Us: cilncf.org@gmail.com

352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)

352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)

18
Feb

High School High Tech with Arlene Jennings

Ep13 - Arlene Jennings (High School High Tech)

Arlene Jennings spearheads CIL’s High School High Tech program, which exists to assists students with disabilities in making better more informed decisions about their career and their futures. HSHT is structured according to the nationally recognized, evidence-based Guideposts for Success: School-based Preperatory Experiences, Career Preparation & Work Based Learning, Youth Development & Leadership, Connecting Activities and Family Involvement & Support.

For more information: http://www.abletrust.org/

Contact: ajennings@cilncf.org

 

For additional information about CIL: http://www.cilncf.org/

Contact Us: cilncf.org@gmail.com

352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)

352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)

15
Feb

Weekly Legislative Update w/Jane Johnson: Feb. 8 - Feb.12

2021 Legislative Session Weekly Updates: http://floridacils.org/

 

For helpful general information and links to the House and Senate websites, statutes, the Florida Constitution and a directory of Florida lobbyists visit “Online Sunshine” at http://leg.state.fl.us/Welcome/index.cfm 

The House website is: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/

The Senate website is: https://www.flsenate.gov/

The Florida Channel website is: https://thefloridachannel.org/

11
Feb

The Florida Independent Council with Beth Myers

Beth Myers is the Executive Director for the Florida Independent Council (FILC). She joins us today to talk about how her role and FILC’s role with the independent living network aligns. We hope this conversation helps our listeners better understand the independent living network, how it can better support people with disabilities, and to serve and meet their needs. FILC is responsible for ensuring that Centers For Independent Living have access to effective communication and programs needed by people with disabilities to live the independent life.

For More Information about FILC: www.floridasilc.org

Contact: beth@floridasilc.org

8
Feb

Weekly Legislative Update w/Jane Johnson: Feb. 1 - Feb. 5

This week we discuss unexpected changes in the head of agencies that can cause a ripple affect on the independent living community. We also talk about the importance of looking out for unintended consequences of a bill or constitutional amendment that looks good on its face but can have negative impacts in the long run when it comes to people with disabilities.

2021 Legislative Session Weekly Updates: http://floridacils.org/

For helpful general information and links to the House and Senate websites, statutes, the Florida Constitution and a directory of Florida lobbyists visit “Online Sunshine” at http://leg.state.fl.us/Welcome/index.cfm 

The House website is: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/

The Senate website is: https://www.flsenate.gov/

The Florida Channel website is: https://thefloridachannel.org/

4
Feb

The Importance of COVID Vaccinations with Dr. Vince Venditto

Dr. Vince Venditto is an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. He received training in vaccine design and immunology and continues to investigate vaccine strategies to better understand how the immune system works in disease progression.

On this episode, Dr. Venditto speaks on the importance of getting the vaccine and helps to clarify some of the questions surrounding the COVID crisis. We also discuss the impact of COVID on the population of people who have disabilities and issues related to the access barriers for getting vaccinated.

 

For more information:

Fact vs. fiction: https://pharmacy.uky.edu/news-events/archive/covid-19-vaccines-fact-vs-fiction

Top 10 questions: https://pharmacy.uky.edu/news-events/archive/10-quick-questions-about-covid-19-vaccines

 

1
Feb

Weekly Legislative Update w/Jane Johnson: Jan. 25 - Jan. 29

We are back with Jane this week to catch us up with a legislative update for the week of January 25th - January 29th. This week we’re also adding a ‘CIL School House of Rock’ a play off of Schoolhouse Rock: America - I'm Just a Bill (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFroMQlKiag&feature=emb_title), to provide some civics 101 for our listeners.

2021 Legislative Session Weekly Updates: http://floridacils.org/

For helpful general information and links to the House and Senate websites, statutes, the Florida Constitution and a directory of Florida lobbyists visit “Online Sunshine” at http://leg.state.fl.us/Welcome/index.cfm 

The House website is: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/

The Senate website is: https://www.flsenate.gov/

The Florida Channel website is: https://thefloridachannel.org/

28
Jan

Disability Advocacy with Drew Dees

Despite living with Cerebral Palsy, Drew Dees does not let it stop him from pursuing his dreams. His upbringing consisted of a simple principle that has carried him throughout life — anything can be accomplished with effort. Drew is currently dedicating a lot of time and effort to pursuing a career as a Multimedia Journalist, which has been his dream job as long as he can remember. Drew wants to inspire and make a difference in this world through his work, and another way he defines himself is by his work as an advocate for those with special needs. The ability to help others is a gift, and he is glad to be able to serve his community in this way.

 

Contact Drew Dees: deesreports@gmail.com 

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter: @drewdeesreports

 

 

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