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.
Youth Transition Services
CILO facilitates the Instruction in Self-Advocacy and Workplace Readiness Training modules of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). These free 1:1 skill-building services are intended to prepare students with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 21 for their transition to adulthood. Instruction includes building self-confidence, practicing effective communication skills, identifying appropriate career interests, encouraging successful decision-making, setting goals, learning how to take responsibility and more. Services are primarily provided during the school year, typically during the student’s school day and are coordinated with the special education teacher. When schools are out for the summer or during breaks, instruction can take place in an alternate setting including via Zoom.
CILO provides affordable housing opportunities and the supportive services needed to secure affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness (You must be referred to CILO through a coordinated entry system, we do not do direct intakes). Enrollment in a housing program can 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.