We advocate for people with disabilities who wish to lead independent and productive lives by generating awareness, engaging in positive action and creating needed change to laws and programs. We address issues such as access to affordable housing and transportation, reasonable accommodations in the workplace, or access to public buildings.
Independent Living Skills
Interactive classes, workshops and activities that offer Independent Living Skills training is offered to help each person develop and strengthen the skills they feel are most important to improve or maintain their ability to live independently.
People with disabilities give and receive help based on the knowledge that comes through shared experiences. Peer support can take place in weekly groups or 1:1.
Information & Referral
CILO connects people with disabilities and their families to valuable resources in the community by providing information or making a referral. Every day we connect people to government agencies, local programs, other organizations or vendors and suppliers that assist people with disabilities to lead an independent and inclusive life.
CILO 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.
Youth Overcoming Life Obstacles (YOLO) Summer Program
A free five week summer program dedicated to empowering and preparing transition age youth with disabilities for a successful, interdependent life. Since 2013 YOLO has provided a meaningful summer experience for students who might not otherwise be socially or physically active over the summer months. Information for 2020 and the application will be available in February, 2020. Note: Applications are due by April 15, 2020. Direct questions via email to [email protected]
CILO is committed to assisting people with disabilities secure affordable and accessible housing. Those who meet eligibility and are referred to CILO may access one of our housing programs which provide limited deposit assistance, rental subsidies and targeted support services.
CILO works with consumers on an individual basis to develop their independent living plan and provide information and assistance as it relates to disability benefits, employment, education, public access, etc.
Ohio Personal Care Assistance Program
CILO facilitates this Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) program to assist people with severe disabilities to achieve greater independence. The PCA Program does not hire attendants/aides; rather, OOD provides the funding so that eligible individuals may hire and manage the attendant/aide who may best meet their needs. Participants are subsequently reimbursed by OOD for the approved number of hours of personal care assistance services.
Kentucky Personal Care Attendant Program
This state-funded program of the Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is administered through CILO. This program allows the person participating in the program to hire and manage the attendant that best meets their needs and allows them to remain in their homes with the greatest possible independence. Accepted applicants are reimbursed by CILO for the approved number of hours of attendant services.