CILO advocates 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 the Ohio Department of Medicaid HOME Choice Program to assist people with disabilities in their transition from long-term care back into the community. Transition services may include housing assistance, coordination of benefits, 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.
Youth Overcoming Life Obstacles (YOLO) Summer Program
A free six 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.
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. We also provide low-income/subsidized and accessible housing lists to those seeking rental property.
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.
Personal Assistance Services
CILO provides guidance, referrals, tools and resources for managing personal assistance services in order to work and live independently with programs facilitated in both Ohio and Kentucky. These programs provide the financial assistance to compensate personal assistants for people with disabilities. Contact us for a copy of the Consumer Managed Personal Assistance Services Workbook with information from “what do I need help with?” to hiring and managing a personal assistant.