Making a Difference
- Through a grant funded by OSILC, SIL had a Home Modification & Emergency preparedness grant that allowed persons that identified with paralysis to obtain minor home modifications and to participate in an emergency preparedness class. SIL was able to assist 7 people with 4 grab bars, 2 ramps, 3 handheld shower heads, 1 stair lift, and 1 VPL. A total of 20 people attended the emergency preparedness class.
- SIL was awarded a grant through Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), Young Adult Council (YAC) was formed and is a statewide community led council; hands-on/internship approach that will provide young adults the opportunity to participate in a realistic policymaking environment. This program is facilitated by SIL’s Independent Living Specialist, April Shaw. Check our calendar for exact dates of classes!
- SIL has a 96% satisfaction rating for individual services provided. Surveys were conducted by a non-direct care staff member at the conclusion of services. In addition, 93% reported the CIL assisted them in achieving their goals and 94% of closed consumers would recommend the CIL to friends/family. When asked how SIL services will help in everyday life, the most common answer was “knowing how to advocate for myself,” with “managing my disability” and “controlling my own life” tied for second in next common answers shared.
- SIL’s Supplies for Independent Living helps individuals obtain gently used or new items that were not covered by their insurance carrier. Types of equipment included items such as wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds and incontinence supplies. 156 items were distributed to 49 individuals in the last reporting year. If you are in need of an item, please call our office and check out inventory! A medical script is needed for all items.
- SIL has partnered with OOD (Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities) and OSILC (Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council) again to host the statewide Youth Leadership Forum. The virtual forum will be held 7/11/2022-7/15/2022. Download the Flyer and Application.
- SIL received another 3-year accreditation by CARF (Commission on Accreditation on Rehabilitation Facilities) earlier this year!
- SIL is a community member of ALL MEANS ALL – a CCBDD initiative to make communities as inclusive as possible from everyday life, employment, recreation activities and more. For more information, see the link for a guide to inclusive places, jobs, and events. (https://cuyahogabdd.org/resources/guide-to-inclusive-places-jobs-and-events/)
What the community, social service organizations, funders and individuals with disabilities are saying about us –
“You give people hope when they feel hopeless.”
I have always appreciated the compassion and concern the case managers have in ensuring clients get off to the best start they can when they transition back into the community.
I have referred many young adults to SIL for a myriad of services and have been very satisfied with services and professionals.
Excellent management and service delivery. Very professional and caring staff.
SIL has been a wealth of information for me for many years. Anytime I’m not sure who to talk to to address a variety of disability related issues, SIL always steers me in the right direction.
Your help has a tremendous impact on my son’s life, supporting him to be able to work everyday, and allowing him to have routine to make life seem somewhat normal.
Best service since the PCA program was moved for case management under Lisa Marn and SIL! Staff return calls promptly and actually care about helping meet your needs. Even if it’s not PCA related, I feel I can turn to SIL for disability-related needs.
Very focused and valuable organization.
SIL’s strengths are “its people.”
My son was injured at the age of 30. I could not find anything for him. When I contacted Services for Independent Living, I met Lisa Marn. She is wonderful and the program is helping me help him. I need respite and my son needed others to rely on.” It has “assisted my son to live independently, which is what he always wanted.
SIL is “very open to working with folks that many agencies are (not) able to work with.”