The Independent Voice

Summer Edition, 2013

 

BJ's WHOLESALE CLUB CHARITABLE FOUNDATION AWARDS $5,000 GRANT TO CIL BROWARD

The Center for Independent Living of Broward (CIL) Youth Services Program High School High Tech is the most recent recipient of a grant of $5,000 dollars from BJ's Wholesale Club Charitable Foundation. With this award, High School High Tech can provide students with disabilities a valuable curriculum filled with activities, field trips, workshops, and more as they prepare for transition from high school to a career or post-secondary education. The mission of BJ's Wholesale Club Charitable Foundation is to enhance and enrich community programs that primarily benefit children and families. BJ's Wholesale Club Charitable Foundation contributes the bulk of its funding to organizations that provide services (in the form of hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare, and education) to people in need.  

 

Thank you BJ's Wholesale Club Charitable Foundation for your sponsorship!


THE MARKETPLACE IS ALMOST HERE...ARE YOU READY?

Starting October 1, 2013, consumers can choose between different healthcare plans most affordable for them by participating in the Marketplace. In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACT) which established an exchange system for consumers to use to choose a more affordable healthcare plan. This exchange system known as a "Marketplace" will allow all Americans to shop different private health insurance plans and select a plan that is more affordable and offers benefits that best fits their healthcare needs. The Marketplace will serve as a one-stop shop where private insurances will have to compete for business while consumers will enjoy more quality and control over insurance plans. In Florida, consumers will go online to select their choice of health insurance and may receive help with covering the premium costs if their income falls below 400% ($76,000) of the federal poverty level. By using the Marketplace, Floridians will be guaranteed receipt of essential health benefits no matter which plan they choose. All private insurance companies must provide such essential health benefits as outpatient care, hospitalization, mental health and substance use disorders services including counseling and psychotherapy, and rehabilitative services and devices. Every Marketplace plan must also offer preventive services without requiring co-pay, co-insurance, or applying the yearly deductible. These preventive services range from blood pressure screening to screenings for more chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, and depression. Consumers can learn more about the Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov and be insured under their new plan as soon as January, 2014.

 


CIL BROWARD HOSTS OPEN HOUSE FOR WHEELCHAIR REPAIR CLINIC

On August 30, 2013, CIL Broward will host an Open House for consumers to learn more about free services to repair their wheelchair.  CIL Broward is bringing this service in partnership with Nova Southeastern University and Active Mobility.  The Wheelchair Repair Clinic is coming soon in September, 2013.

 


HIGH SCHOOL HIGH TECH GOES TO DISNEY

After a grueling year of hard work, the Youth Services High School High Tech Program continued the tradition of rewarding the students with an end of the year trip. This year the students went on a trip to Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Over 50 plus students participated in Disney World's Youth Education Series (YES) Program that involved a behind-the-scenes tour of Disney World plus enjoyed the attractions throughout the day.

CIL Broward administers the High School High Tech program in 16 Broward County schools on a year round basis. High School High Tech is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) oriented enrichment program sponsored by Able Trust, United Way of Broward, UPS, BJ's Charitable Foundation, and other community partners to assist high school students with disabilities transition from high school to a career or post-secondary education. As students return back to school, the High School High Tech program will kickoff with Disability Mentoring Day in September.

 


DO YOU RECEIVE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS BUT STILL WANT TO WORK? DO YOU NEED JOB READINESS TRAINING?

The Center for Independent Living of Broward (CIL) has worked with thousands of individuals with disabilities interested in gainful employment. We provide monthly orientations to recipients of SSDI and SSI, who have enrolled in the Ticket to Work program, learn how their monthly income can increase while employed and receiving cash assistance. Consumers, including Ticket to Work recipients, can also receive one-on-one benefits counseling and pre-employment testing. CIL Broward also runs a Job Club and other job readiness workshops for any consumer who would like to assess and improve their skills in resume writing, interviewing, and conducting job searches. For more information about the Ticket to Work Program orientation or job readiness workshops, contact Joe Jorge at Center for Independent Living of Broward at (954) 722-6400.  


CIL BROWARD CONSUMER RECEIVES NEW AMPLIFIED PHONE FROM FTRI

Broward County resident, Shirley Schneiderman, with a severe hearing condition, came to CIL Broward to find a telephone she could use to communicate with her loved ones. After testing several devices, Mrs. Schneiderman decided on the XL-50, the loudest telephone with volume levels up to 50 decibels. Many consumers like Mrs. Schneiderman need assistance communicating by telephone to make social calls, handle household issues, and even to make or preserve their income. An amplified telephone could give those consumers that extra assurance of independence and self-sufficiency they need.

CIL Broward has partnered with Florida Telecommunication Relay, Inc. (FTRI), to educate the community about the program, conduct demonstrations, and distribute amplified telephones to consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Since July, CIL Broward has hosted more than 30 distribution events for FTRI. Through the program, an individual with a hearing loss will complete an assessment with CIL Broward staff and choose from five different telephones to fit their auditory needs. These phones range from cordless to phones with speaker or monitor features depending on the severity of the hearing loss.  

If you or someone you know needs an amplified phone, contact CIL Broward at (954) 722-6400 or speak with CIL Broward staff at the next FTRI distribution event on September 21, 2013 at the Breast Cancer Support and Wellness Health Fair at the Broward County Library.


CIL BROWARD PARTNERS WITH POMPANO BEACH HOUSING AUTHORITY

The City of Pompano Beach initiated a new housing program that will help thousands of Broward County residents with housing assistance.  Pompano Beach Housing Authority is offering a tenant based rental assistance program where individuals can receive a rental subsidy to assist with housing costs such as utility deposits, security deposits, and temporary rental assistance for up to one year. Consumers interested in pre-qualifying for rental assistance attend a housing orientation provided by CIL Broward.  Since the program began, CIL Broward has pre-qualified 34 consumers.  

Broward has pre-qualified 34 consumers.   After pre-qualification, Pompano Beach Housing Authority contacts consumers within days to complete the housing qualification process. Once approved, Pompano Beach Housing Authority issues the consumer a housing voucher good for one year. Broward County residents interested in pre-qualifying for the Pompano Beach Housing Authority Voucher program should attend the next housing orientation at CIL Broward on September 4, 2013 or contact Bob Davis at (954) 722-6400 for more information.


 

Please RSVP for all CIL Broward activities or workshops at (954) 722-6400 or click here.

Upcoming Community Events

Disability Mentoring Day - September 19, 2013

Children Services Council, Teens' Transition to Life Summit - September 21, 2013

Disability Expo - October 5, 2013   

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