The Independent Life

17
Jan

Disability Dojo: Cultivating Unconditional Love For All

Love is a spiritual condition that helps us to find meaning and purpose in our lives. Today’s dojo is a continuation of the previous dojo where Tony talks through the importance of having a mission or vision statement for ourselves, to help guide us through another new year. On this dojo, Tony talks about unconditional love for all and shares how unconditional love breaks down for him, in his life.

Today is also Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Tony takes this this time to talk about his message and his vision, and how love ties into a lot of what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for. And one of his most powerful messages is perhaps the message of loving one another. It is in this message of love that we need to look towards to in order to be united, to overcome our differences, and to create a harmonious society.

 

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13
Jan

The Independent Life

This week we continue the message of gratitude and sharing the independent life from the perspective of our guests within the Independent Living network. We have had the privilege of interviewing guests from all walks of life, across all age groups, with vastly different experiences, and an abundant amount of life lessons to share. We hear from leaders who have dedicated their life work towards making a difference in their community, champions for the people who strive to advocate for those unable to advocate for themselves, artists who are forging the path for disability representation in the media, educators and researchers working to examine access and support for those with disabilities, students learning to navigate their way through the education system and gaining resilience through the journey, and established legal professionals who’ve left their corporate career to make a difference in nonprofit work. These perspectives and countless others is what makes the independent living network so impactful, powerful, supportive, and life changing. Join us in leaning into the experiences of those paving the way for advocacy for all.

 

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10
Jan

Disability Dojo: Creating Your Own Mission Statement and Finding Inner Peace

A mission and vision statement is critical to the success of an organization. From this perspective, Tony thought about the benefits we could gain from creating a mission statement for ourselves, which gives us direction so that we can be successful in our lives. On today’s dojo, Tony shares with us his mission statement and his personal formula for achieving inner peace in his life:

  • Awareness
  • Clarity
  • Non-reactivity
  • Non-resistance
  • Non-judgement
  • Non-attachment
  • Patience
  • Forgiveness
  • Gratitude

 

If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com! We'd love to have guests participate with Tony on our Disability Dojos- so if that person is you, reach out and let us know!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
6
Jan

What Does The Independent Life Mean To You

A new year is upon us, with unlimited potential for how we can continue making strides towards being the best version of ourselves that we can be. On this episode, we take a look back at some of our guests’ responses to “What does the independent life mean to you?” It is through the different perspectives and countless experiences of others that we may broaden our understanding on what it means to live independently for those who have adversities and challenges in their daily lives.

 

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3
Jan

Disability Dojo: Preparation

2022 may be a year where we continue to see adversity and continue to be challenged. As we enter into the new year, are we thinking about the importance of preparing for what’s ahead? Are we remembering that we have everything within our capacity and control to make sure that we overcome these challenges and to be the best version of ourselves that we can be by facing these adversities?

 

If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com! We'd love to have guests participate with Tony on our Disability Dojos- so if that person is you, reach out and let us know!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
30
Dec

Social Etiquettes and How To Communicate Effectively With People With Disabilities

The American Red Cross approached the Florida Associations of Centers For Independent Living (FACIL) to learn to how they can better and more effectively communicate with people with disabilities during disasters. As we’ve discussed on previous episodes on the podcast, people with disabilities tend to be one of the more high risk populations during disasters and the folks that tend to serve people during disasters, such as those who work at The American Red Cross, were eager to learn how they can better serve this community.

On this episode, various Directors within FACIL have a candid conversation with folks at The American Red Cross on social etiquettes, how to effectively communicate with people with disabilities, what are the recommendations in those communications with people, and collectively share lots of useful information and knowledge on how to better communication with people with disabilities.

 

What is a Centers for Independent Living?

CILs are consumer-driven, non-profit organizations who support community living and independence for people with disabilities based on the belief that all people can live with dignity, make their own choices and participate fully in society. CILs provide tools and supports for integrating people with disabilities fully into their communities. ​​CILs serve all disabilities and all ages in every county in Florida. 

All 67 counties in the state of Florida are covered by a center for independent living. We are a disability resource center with a mission to keep people with disabilities living in the community, independently. We serve all disabilities and all ages, proving a wide array of different services, free of charge.

 

Where are Flor​ida's Centers for Independent Living? Visit Florida Association of Centers For Independent Living to find a CIL near you.

 

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27
Dec

Disability Dojo: Time

As we approach the end of another year and look ahead to a new year, it is an opportune occasion to reflect on time. Time always seems like it has flown by too quickly when we’re looking back to reflect but when we look forward and when we’re going through it, there never seems to be enough time. And with the pandemic, it’s common to hear that time feels warped this past nearly 2 years. When we take a step back and look at time in the grand scheme of things, life is quick and fragile, and time is extremely precious and the older we get, the faster time seems to fly by.

On this dojo, Tony reflects on time; what are we doing with our time? How are we spending our time? Are we working on improving ourselves or are we constantly worried about other things that are outside of our control. He talks about the now being the most valuable point in time; living in the present. He asks you to think about how much you may be sacrificing by not being present- by not thinking and living in the now. What are we doing in our lives to make sure that we’re choosing the right here and right now, to do what we need to do.

 

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If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com! We'd love to have guests participate with Tony on our Disability Dojos- so if that person is you, reach out and let us know!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
23
Dec

Disability Through the Lens of a Family Member with Kathy Powell

What does the world of disability look like from the lens of family; a mother, a father, brother, sister? Kathy is a mother of two children who have disabilities, who are now young adults. She joins us on this episode to share her rich experiences in this role- what it’s like to receive an early diagnosis of autism for your 8 month old baby and what it’s like to process that information. She shares the experiences she had raising children with disabilities; how it impacted her friendships along the way and what parents with children with disabilities may need to learn about the friendships they have with others. She shares her perspective on teaching young people with disabilities how to be self-advocates. Kathy gives tremendous insight and specific experiences that her children have gone through and dives into what family networks in disabilities is all about.

Kathy is also the Project Director for the Parents of the Panhandle Information Network for the Family Network on Disabilities. FND’s mission is to strive for complete integration and equity of people with disabilities in a society without barriers. They serve all persons with disabilities and advocate for inclusion, quality of life, and quality for individuals with disabilities. They serve families of students 0- 26 years. FND provides technical assistance to families and over 30 different workshops, presentations on individualized education programs. They hold 3 parent training and information (PTI) grants, funded by the US Department of Education.

 

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If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
20
Dec

Disability Dojo: Be The Change You Wish To See In The World

On this special Christmas dojo, Tony reflects on having a blessed life but mostly taking the time to remain aware and acknowledge that there are those who are not as fortunate- not just around the holidays, but year round. He reflects through various events throughout the years where he’s gotten the opportunity lend a hand, give his time, and simply just be in presence with those whom we can share our blessings with. Tony invites you to continue to reflect, count your blessings, and seek ways on how we can both pay it forward and give back. How can we be of service during this holiday season? How can we spread joy to those who may be going through tough circumstances? How can we make this world a better place? It all starts with us- giving kindness, supporting one another, lending a helping hand. We invite you to take a step out of your comfort zone, spend some time with those less fortunate, and see how it can change your world ..and heart.

16
Dec

Supporting Families and Raising Independent Children with Debra Saenz

Debra Saenz was born and raised in Gadsden County Florida, where she still resides today. She has been an L.P.N. for over 30 years and has worked in retail pharmacies, hospitals, pediatrician offices and the WIC program. Today, she is employed by the State of Florida in the Title V program as a Family Leader providing a family voice with stakeholders in the Big Bend area. She is the proud mother of 32 year old twin boys who have autism.

Debra joins us on this episode to help widen the lens on the world of disability from the perspective of a parent, caregiver, and professional. She shares her experience on raising her sons, who are diagnosed with autism at an early age; attending school in the early 90s where there was very little to no support from teachers, administrators, or from the school system. Debra shares her journey of how she coped with this reality and how she navigated through the challenges to help her sons thrive in life. Her journey has helped her become the person she is today; it has allowed her a pathway into working with parents and families, helping them through these challenges, to give them the resources to be the best parents and support for their children that they can be.

 

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