The Independent Life

4
Apr

Disability Dojo: Spring Renewal

Spring is a time of renewal and blossoming of life. On today’s dojo, Tony shares how he sees his life occurring in seasons and just like the onset of spring- the new season ahead allows us to be renewed with fresh energy and inspiration. He talks about how we can integrate spring and the newness of it, into advocacy. At Centers For Independent Living, just as in life, there will always be issues that will never fully be solved because these issues will long outlive all us.

Spring has a way of offering a sense of renewed energy, enthusiasm, and motivation to address these ever present and infinite issues that will always be a cause for work to be done. While routine is important to the ways we operate, variety is also necessary to really change things up and, to see and do things differently. While ongoing issues may seem familiar, there is a newness and freshness to these issues with a new season because there may be new eyes now be present to see the situation from different lenses and provide different perspectives. It is important to have a renewed sense of motivation and inspiration to tackle these ever present issues that will be with us for a long time. Spring brings newness to provide a burst of renewal for continuing on the path to always improve upon ourselves and the organization we serve, helping us to achieve our goals.

 

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)
31
Mar

Florida Disability and Health Programs with Claudia Friedel

Claudia Friedel managed the University of Florida’s portion of the Florida Disability and Health Program (FDHP) for over 11 years. The FDHP was one of 19 CDC-funded, state-level Disability and Health grants working to make evidence-based health promotion programs accessible to persons with disabilities. Claudia first came to work for the FDHP after receiving her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Florida. Her past experiences interacting with children and persons with disabilities fueled her motivation to make the program a success.

The FDHP coordinated with several programs to ensure they were being inclusive of children and persons with disabilities by working closely with the Florida Department of Health and various other state-wide and National disability programs to implement adapted evidence-based programs with inclusion in mind. The FDHP implemented adapted school health programs at several Florida elementary schools and adapted Diabetes Prevention Programs in several counties, as well as training healthcare providers on the importance of being disability competent.

Claudia now works for a private healthcare company and enjoys spending her time with her husband and two young boys.

 

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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)
28
Mar

Disability Dojo: There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk

Alex Cavalcante joins Tony on this special dojo to share his perspective on a simple, yet deeply insightful poem written by Portia Nelson that beautifully describes the stages of transformation in a simple and concise way.

“I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost... I am helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place.
But, it isn't my fault.
It still takes me a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in. It's a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault. I get out immediately.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

I walk down another street.”

 Portia Nelson, There's a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

24
Mar

Emergency Management with Kevin Towles

Emergency Management Specialist, Kevin Towles joins us to talk about emergency management and how centers for independent living are involved in emergency management. Also, why are they involved in emergency management? People with disabilities tend to be most impacted by disasters and are most vulnerable before, during and after disasters. Centers for Independent living is in the business of keeping people with disabilities in the community. When disasters like hurricanes and pandemics occur, people with disabilities tend to be more susceptible to being institutionalized. Their mission is to divert any institutionalized care from happening in the first place and to ensure that people stay in their community to whatever extent possible. Kevin works hard to ensure those in the community are ready; that they’re prepared and are able to respond to any disaster that might happen.

 

Register for the Emergency Preparedness Expo in Marion County and Alachua County below:

 

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

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
21
Mar

Disability Dojo: where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going

Two years ago in 2020, shut downs began to happen all over the world as a result of COVID-19. On this dojo, Tony reflects on these past two years in terms of the changes that have occurred, the shifts that we’ve been forced to make, and the lessons we can take away from this to ensure we live our lives to the best of our ability. When confronted by our own mortality, how can be best take care of ourselves and how can we be there for others and lift them up?

 

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)
17
Mar

Never Give Up Advocating with Jane Johnson

The 2022 legislative session has been quite the roller coaster ride. Jane joins us once again on today’s episode to share an update to the end of the legislative season. While the process may be messy and feel discouraging along the way, making an impact requires consistent effort to yield progress over time and to allow continual movement forward. The election in November will bring new faces to the senate so it is important for CILs to get to know their legislators and meet their elected officials so they can see the good work being done in the community. There is always work to be done; a lesson to take away from this legislative season is that its never over until its over and to never give up advocating.

 

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

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14
Mar

Disability Dojo: Death

Death is part of the human condition. It’s something we will all experience and go through. On this dojo, Tony talks openly about how short and fragile life is- we never know when we will go, so how can we spend the time we have in a way that is meaningful and fulfilling. There is so much we can learn from death- how we process it and how important it is to implement those lessons into our lives. Tony’s hope for those listening to this dojo is for death to become an important teacher for us and to start thinking about how we can process death in a way that helps to serve us.

 

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10
Mar

A Conversation on Mortality with Mark Bennett

On today’s episode, we welcome back Mark Bennett, who joins Tony in a vulnerable conversation about death and losing loved ones. Mark shares the lessons that he’s learning from death and also, how it relates to organizational growth. Mark conveys how organizations need to prepare with coming to terms with letting go of old habits or patterns of doing business, and how we need to let go of the notion of returning to how things were before the pandemic. He dives into how organizations can grow from deaths of certain aspects that may be holding the back their progress. Mark also offers advice on how to reconcile relationships within a organizations or within families.

Mark brings tremendous value on this episode. On a personal level- we are all going to experience the passing of loved ones, and learning how to move through that process helps us in our personal lives. On an organizational level- how can we be apart of an organization in a way that helps it grow and achieve its mission, especially now when we are challenged in ways we’ve never been challenged before and how we can live to be our highest purpose every day.

 

Mark D. Bennett is the principal of Uniting by Design LLC, a consulting firm with a mission to help leaders unite organizations that deliver superior results, earn ethical reputations, and adapt to change. 

He left the practice of law for graduate study in counseling psychology and family therapy. Then, he began to work with a wide range of organization disputes as a full time mediator. These disputes included staff, leaders, and boards of businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and international organizations.

Twenty five years ago, he shifted his focus from cleaning up organizational problems to promoting organizational health. He serves as a workshop presenter on leadership, teaming, conflict resolution, values-based decision making, and creative collaboration. He is also a leadership coach and facilitates collaboration, wise planning, and critical decision making. 

He has written three books:

  • Uniting by Design: the Architecture of Creative Collaboration (2021) - a practical guide to building collaboration in organizations, leadership teams, work teams, alliances, and partnerships.
  • A Field Guide to Good Decisions: Values in Action (2006) – the practical steps of ethical decision making to make difficult decisions with integrity, accountability, and credibility.

The Art of Mediation, 2d edition (2005) – the skills of conflict resolution and principled negotiation to help people bridge differences, make agreements, and make peace.

 

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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)
7
Mar

Disability Dojo: Humility in Learning, Society, and Personal Growth

In the previous dojo, we talked about what humility is and what it isn’t. On today’s dojo, Tony is going to dive into humility as it pertains to learning, society, and personal growth.

 

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3
Mar

Early Steps with Marisol Rose

Marisol Rose is a State Parent Consultant for the Early Steps Program at the Florida Department of Health. She joins us today to share her experiences with having a son and daughter with a disability. Marisol talks about accessing Early Steps, a phenomenal resource that helped her our along her journey in raising her two children with disabilities, and how she came to work for the agency.

Early Steps is Florida's early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers, age birth to 36 months, who have or are at-risk for developmental disabilities or delays. Early intervention supports families and caregivers to increase their child’s participation in daily activities and routines that are important to the family.

Positive early learning experiences are crucial for later success in school, the workplace, and the community. Research shows that children’s earliest experiences play a critical role in brain development.

15 Local Early Steps (LES) throughout the state receive referrals from various primary referral sources. Infants and toddlers are assessed in the following developmental domains to determine eligibility: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional and adaptive.

Each child receives an Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) that meets his or her unique needs. Families also receive support to develop the skills and confidence needed in helping their child learn and develop.

Services will support children in their communities where they live, learn and play. There is no income requirement to qualify for the program and although families may choose to allow access to insurance or Medicaid benefits, families are not charged for services.

 

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