“You give people hope when they feel hopeless.”
- SIL was chosen as a participant in the Cleveland GiveCamp! This phenomenal program matches non-profit organizations with web developers, technical supports and graphic designers to build web sites. Many thanks to Cleveland GiveCamp!
- SIL believes that people with disabilities must be at “the table” when system and infrastructure changes are made that impact their lives. As a result of this fundamental belief, SIL recently piloted Leadership Academy program which gives people with disabilities the information and skills needed to fully participate on community coalitions, committees and taskforces. Recent graduates from the program are excited and ready to have their voices be heard! This innovative program was conducted under the direction of SIL’s Advocacy and Disability Rights Coordinator, Laura Gold. Our next academy will be held in September.
- SIL Executive Director, Katherine Foley recently attended the first national Forum on Disability and Transportation, which will be held in Houston. The purpose of this invitation only forum was to bring together a small group of disability transportation advocates and other experts to explore and create a national policy agenda around new and emerging forms of transportation and associated infrastructures that will ensure access for people in the disability community now and in the future. Topics include access of transportation network company services (TNCs such as Uber), autonomous vehicles, infrastructure and rights-of-way, ADA paratransit, and funding.
- SIL programs maintain an overall satisfaction rate of 86%. The Transportation for Independent Living program maintains a 95% satisfaction rate!
- SIL was one of two agencies to pilot LIFT (Living Independently Form Tobacco), a smoking cessation program. Individuals with disabilities have a higher incidence of smoking than individuals without disabilities.