The Independent Life

29
Jul

The crucial role of the Independent Living Network in times of emergency preparedness

We’re joined today by Joe, Jody, and Beth to learn more about what the independent living network is and why centers for independent living are an important resource for emergency management professionals and community based organizations who are looking to do better in the area of making sure people with disabilities are better prepared for disasters.

Joe Didomenico and Jody Armstrong joins us from the Disability Achievement Center on the west coast of Florida and Pasco County. Beth Meyers is the Executive Director for The Florida Independent Living Council, a statewide independent living council that helps to ensure centers for independent living are doing what they’re charged to do and delivering on services for people with disabilities.

Collectively, this panel has a lot to share in terms of meeting needs and how we can better collaborate. Whether you are in emergency management, if you’re a first responder, whatever you’re role is in terms of meeting needs of people, this is an important conversation you don’t want to miss.

 

Joseph J. DiDomenico
Executive Director
Disability Achievement Center
12552 Belcher Road, South
Largo, FL 33773
Office: 727.539.7550 ext. 222
Fax: 727.539.7588
http://www.mydacil.org/

 

Beth Meyer, ADA PA
Executive Director
Florida Independent Living Council, Inc.
1882 Capital Circle NE, Suite 202
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
850-488-5624 (Voice)
www.floridasilc.org

26
Jul

Emergency Management Disability Liaison Laura George

Laura George is a disability advocate and a liaison between the disability community and emergency management, first responders, health care organizations, and other community-based organizations in the area of disability and disaster preparedness. With year of personal and professional experience in this area, Laura provides us with insight on how we can ensure that the most vulnerable people have all their access and functional needs met.

 

National Council for Independent Living - Emergency Preparedness (NCIL-EP) Committee 

Learn about: Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion in Disasters Act (REAADI)

Florida Statewide Independent Living Council

FB: Hurricane Michael Resources - ILC

Miracle Relief Collaboration League - Disaster Assistance

Noah's Ark & Company - Board Member

 

Connect with Laura George (Author, Presenter, Caregiver):

Facebook / laurageorgeemdl@gmail.com / 770.330.5653

Check out Laura's BOOK!

 

North Central Healthcare Coalition
Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition
Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness

 

22
Jul

Effective Strategies for Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with Chris Littlewood

Chris Littlewood is an instructor and instructional technology coordinator who teaches Effective Strategies for Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Others with Access and Functional Needs at St. Petersburg College.

The next class is in Pasco County (Aug. 24-25, 2021) and another TBA in Sept 2021 in northeast FL. Under the same grant/project are 20 more class titles/offerings available for victim advocates, healthcare and allied professionals.

All classes are FREE to the target audience. For information contact CPSI through littlewood.chris@spcollege.edu or VOCA grant project coordinator, Wayne Morris at morris.wayne@spcollege.edu or (727) 341-4631

 

For More Information about the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida: http://www.cilncf.org/
Contact Us: cilncf.org@gmail.com
Gainesville office: (352) 378-7474 
Ocala Office: (352) 368-3788 

 

North Central Healthcare Coalition: www.ncfhcc.org
Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition: www.neflhcc.org
Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness: www.marionCHAMP.org

19
Jul

Service Animal Preparedness and Advocacy with Laura Lee Putzback

Laura Lee Putzback has over 30 years experience in health and human services, working with folks with mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, dementia, Alzheimer’s, elderly, homeless, and the economically challenged.

Laura is a service handler and has a service dog named Riley. Together, they travel throughout the state of Florida to help educate and conduct free trainings.

In this episode, Laura unpacks why being an advocate is important. She talks about the common access and functional needs that people with services animals often experience during natural disasters, as well as, during everyday emergencies that might involve car accidents, fires, and other types of injuries where first responders are present. Laura illuminates the importance of the people that have assistance animals, when it comes to engaging them in this pre-planning process with organizations who are looking at their policies and procedures, as well as, other actions plans in order to make sure that they’re ready for when situations occur with people with service animals

Laura represents The Service Dog Alliance of Florida- an incredible resource and organization which offers FREE trainings any where in the state of Florida. They help to educate organizations and agencies about the laws and responsibilities they have in making sure the accommodations for people who use service animals, are met.

 

Service Dog Alliance of Florida  
Contact: (352) 410-6500 / servicedogaf@hotmail.com 

 

Americans with Disabilities Act 
ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program 

 

North Central Healthcare Coalition
Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition
Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness

15
Jul

Emergency Management Leadership with Peter Newman

Peter Newman is the Director of Emergency Management for the Florida Department of Education. On this episode, we unpack the skills, values, and leadership that is needed in the area of emergency management. Peter discusses the role of local response at the county level, the state level, and the federal level when a disaster occurs. He talks about common access and functional needs, in terms of meeting the needs of people with disabilities and the progress still needed in this area. Together with Tony, they dive into the art and science of collaboration, especially with organizations like CIL, who are advocates and exist to be solution oriented. Peter shares his own experiences to illustrate the importance of mental health for those on the front lines working in emergency management.

Peter Newman, Director
Peter.Newman@fldoe.org
(850) 245-9989

 

North Central Healthcare Coalition
Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition
Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness

 

For More Information about the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida: http://www.cilncf.org/
Contact Us: cilncf.org@gmail.com
Gainesville office: (352) 378-7474 
Ocala Office: (352) 368-3788 

12
Jul

Emergency Preparedness Collaboration

Steeped in experience in disaster preparedness, Tony talks to Tyler, Jane, and Ciawanda about the impact they’ve had through their involvement before, during, and after disasters. Their stories illuminate areas of access and functional needs. The centerpiece for this episode is collaboration- why collaboration is so important between emergency management professionals, community based organizations, and for the community of people with needs that we’re trying to meet. Collectively, we will discuss how these collaborations are formed and how trust plays an integral part of these connections and relationships.

 

Jane E. Johnson, Executive Director

Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living

Office: 850-575-6004

 

Ciawanda McDonald, Chief Executive Officer

Disability Solutions for Independent Living, Inc.

Office: (386) 255-1812  

TTY: (386) 252-6222

 

Tyler L. Morris, Executive Director

CIL Jacksonville

Office: (904) 399-8484 ext: 302

 

For more information on emergency preparedness:

North Central Healthcare Coalition
Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition
Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness

8
Jul

The North Central and Northeast Florida HealthCare Coalition

Leigh Wilsey and Eric Anderson joins Tony to kickoff the Emergency Preparedness Miniseries here on The Independent Life Podcast. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be discussing how we can collectively come together to meet the access and functional needs for people with disabilities, how their members can get better connected with centers for independent living, and reach the community of people with disabilities to better serve.

 

North Central Healthcare Coalition: www.ncfhcc.org
Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition: www.neflhcc.org
Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness: www.marionCHAMP.org

 

For More Information about the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida: http://www.cilncf.org/
Contact Us: cilncf.org@gmail.com
Gainesville office: (352) 378-7474 
Ocala Office: (352) 368-3788 

7
Jul

Introducing Emergency Preparedness Miniseries

This miniseries is brought to you by the North Central Florida HealthCare Coalition and Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida. This series of 8 podcast episodes will unpack what it means to have a disability, address the access and functional needs for people with disabilities, and how collaborations between different agencies, departments, community based organizations, and the community of people with disabilities are so integral in meeting the needs of people with disabilities- before, during, an after disasters.

 

North Central Healthcare Coalition: www.ncfhcc.org

Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition: www.neflhcc.org

Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness: www.marionCHAMP.org

 

Leigh Wilsey

Healthcare Coalition Program Manager

Northeast Florida Regional Council

lwilsey@NEFRC.org

(904) 279-0880 ext 105

 

Eric Anderson, AICP

Emergency Preparedness Manager

(904) 279-0880 ext 178

eanderson@nefrc.org

 

For More Information about the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida: http://www.cilncf.org/

Contact Us: cilncf.org@gmail.com

Gainesville office: (352) 378-7474

Ocala Office: (352) 368-3788 

5
Jul

School Outreach Efforts with Emily, Ashlyn, and Alex

Emily Berndt, Ashlyn Michael, and Alex Cavalcante have been leading the charge on conducting outreach to schools within the Center For Independent Living’s catchman area of 16 counties, which include 16 different school districts. They’re beginning a process of connecting to schools where CIL currently does not have a presence within, to get to know their students and parents and to offer CIL’s valuable services.

We’ll be following Emily, Ashlyn, and Alex on their outreach journey throughout Season 2 to learn about the exciting work they’re doing in the community through engagement, building trust, offering value.

 

Survey: https://forms.gle/YjhG14s3jMANwosi8

Newsletter / Mailing List Sign Up: https://forms.gle/duyZgLSWWfPhW8147

Instagram: @cilncf_advocate4edu

Educational Advocacy Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/137392331715471 

Contact Alex Cavalcante: ACavalcante@cilncf.org

 

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

Contact Us: cilncf.org@gmail.com

352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)

352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)

13
May

Service, Unity, and Human Connection

In this episode, we reflect on the past year as we wrap up season 1 and look ahead at how we can continue to be the best version of ourselves so that we can better provide for those in need. Shera Curtis, Mark Brisbane, and Kevin Towles joins Tony in reflecting upon the things they’ve been doing, challenges and issues they’re seeing in the live of people they serve on a daily basis, success stories that give us hope, and share what drives each of them to being able to be of service to others.

Tony and all of us at CIL would like to extend a big thank you to our listeners, supporters, all our guests, and the producers behind the scene that have helped to make our Season 1 such a huge success. We can’t wait to see you back here on July 5th. Until then, onward and upward!

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