NEW Virtual Advocacy Group!
Advocacy R Us
SIL wants to bring about positive outcomes in the lives of individuals with disabilities. Are you a relative, spouse, parent or advocate of an individual that identifies with having a disability? Well, this group is also for you! Let us all come together and advocate for:
- Inclusion in laws affecting people with disabilities.
- Legislative Advocacy
- Long-term systems change and more!
If you are interested in joining contact:
Spring Leadership Academy Dates Announced
May 12, 2021 – June 30, 2021;
Wednesdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
(May 12, 19, 26;
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)
AN EIGHT-WEEK COURSE DESIGNED TO HELP INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES DEVELOP SKILLS NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE ON NONPROFIT BOARDS, COMMUNITY COALITIONS, TASK FORCES, AND SYSTEM CHANGE COMMITTEES IN A MEANINGFUL WAY.
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner
SIL is a partner in the The Ohio Aging and Disability Transportation Coalition (OADTC)
The OADTC aims to educate and inform local and state-level lawmakers on the importance of including transportation in budgets to increase resources and access for Ohioans who are aging and/or with disabilities. The needs also differ from rural and urban areas in Ohio.
SIL RECEIVES HOME MODIFICATION/EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS GRANT
SIL is pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (Ohio SILC) for Home Modifications and Emergency/Disaster Preparedness training. SIL’s project will begin on January 1, 2021 and end on June 30, 2021.
Individuals with paralysis will receive minor home modifications to make their homes more accessible and safer in case of an emergency and reduce barriers to access emergency services. Example of qualifying home modifications include, but are not limited to, the following: ramps, grab bars; hand rails; and adjustable shower heads.
All applicants will have the option of completing an educational component on emergency preparedness to ensure that they are better prepared in the event of an emergency. The educational component will:
- Provide participants access to the resources needed to prepare adequately for situations of an emergency or disaster
- Provide information to support families and caregivers to better understand how an emergency or disaster may impact their family member.
To qualify, an applicant must
- Be an individual living with paraplegia
- Reside in Cuyahoga, Lake or Geauga Counties
- Exhaust all possible resources for assistance for home modifications.