People with permanent physical, cognitive, sensory or psychological disabilities that substantially limit one or more major life activities (for example caring for one’s self, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, performing manual tasks, or learning) are eligible for CILO’s core services based on self-identification of their disability. Some ancillary services may require additional documentation related to a person’s disability.
These services vary from state to state, please see the phone numbers below:
In Greater Cincinnati:
In Northern Kentucky:
859-341-4346 or 1-800-914-4647
Advocacy: generating awareness, engaging in positive action and creating needed change to laws and programs that affect people with disabilities and their families.
Many people with disabilities wish to live independent and productive lives, but face issues such as access to affordable housing and transportation, reasonable accommodations in the workplace, or access to public buildings. CILO’s Advocacy Services assists people with disabilities, their family and their friends to work together to generate awareness, engage in positive action and create needed change in policies and programs that affect people with disabilities. By gaining knowledge and insight, consumers can accomplish their goals and strengthen the community toward inclusion, acceptance and respect.
Independent Living Skills
Independent Living Skills: customized skill development based on each person’s individual needs.
Learning or re-learning how to be self-sufficient in today’s world is essential to living independently. Independent Living Skills Training (IL Skills) can improve or maintain the ability of a person with a disability to live as independently as possible in the community. Hands-on classes, workshops and activities are offered to help each person develop and strengthen the skills they feel are most important for living an independent lifestyle.
Peer Support: an opportunity for people with disabilities to interact with their peers and share experiences and learn important information and resources.
Peer support assists people with disabilities to share experiences, resources, and find solutions to disability related issues. Peer support can occur through interpersonal relationships, weekly support groups, or through special presentations or events.
Information & Referral
Information & Referral: connecting people with disabilities and their families to resources in the community.
CILO connects people with disabilities to valuable resources, information and referrals on disability-related matters. As professionals serving the disability community, our role is to make it as easy as possible to access the services and programs needed. Every day we connect people to government agencies, local programs, other organizations or vendors and suppliers, and assist people with disabilities on their path toward independent living.
CILO facilitates the Ohio Department of Medicaid HOME Choice Program to assist people with disabilities with their transition from long-term care back into the community. Transition services may include housing assistance, coordination of benefits, establishing a budget, and other activities to assist with the discharge process.
CILO also facilitates Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). These 1:1 services offer introductory, foundational and skill-building services that are intended to help students with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 21 to get a jump start on transitioning to adulthood. Instruction includes building their self-confidence, practicing effective communication skills, identifying appropriate career interests, encouraging successful decision-making, setting realistic goals, learning how to take responsibility and more.
For more information contact Jen Kroell, Youth Transition Coordinator at 513.241.2600 Ext. 200 or email [email protected]
CILO is committed to helping people with disabilities out of homelessness. We offer low-income/subsidized and accessible housing lists to those seeking rental property. For those who are referred to us to access our housing program we may provide limited deposit assistance, rental subsidies and targeted support services.
CILO assists people with disabilities who wish to find meaningful employment by helping them develop the skills and habits that will help them to be successful. Through one-on-one support and job readiness classes, consumers can set their employment goals and have access to employment and vocational training opportunities.
Benefits Coordination / Consultation
CILO provides support and access to state and federal benefit programs with a goal to educate people with disabilities and to maximize utilization.
Personal Assistance Services
CILO administers Personal Assistance Services (PAS) programs in both Ohio and Kentucky that provide guidance, referrals, tools and resources for managing personal assistance services in order to work and live independently. These programs provide the financial assistance to compensate personal assistants for people with disabilities. The Consumer Managed Personal Assistance Services Workbook provides information from “what do I need help with?” to hiring and managing a personal assistant. Contact us for a copy of the Personal Assistance Services Workbook.
Art Beyond Boundaries
Art Beyond Boundaries is an inclusive art program and mainstream, fine art exhibition gallery where artists with disabilities can enhance their artistic and professional skills. Our gallery is located at 1410 Main Street in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine. Learn more here.