You are Cordially Invited to Be Our Honored Guest
at Our Thanksgiving Open House.
We Give Thanks to You,
Our Consumers, Supporters and Partner Organizations
for Sharing So Many of Your Blessings With Us Throughout the Year.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
242 North 5th Avenue, Rome, Georgia 30165
PLEASE R.S.V.P. by noon on Friday, November 13th, to 706.314.0008
Give the Gift of Dignity
and Contribute to Our Holiday Pull-up Drive
Our center’s Community Closet program has been so successful that we are running very short on incontinence supplies. Almost 50 people have signed up since the program began earlier this year, with more signing up each month.
We need Adult sizes L, XL, XXL and Youth size Y/XS. Our center is about out of these sizes. We want to be able to at least continue serving our current consumers and, hopefully, serve new consumers. In addition, we need bed pads.
This program is in collaboration with the Senior Promotions Council. NWGA CIL also serves youth consumers in need of these items.
NWGA CIL Executive Director, Maia Santamaria, said: “One of the most frequent comments we hear about our Community Closet program by people receiving items is: ‘it gives me some dignity’. Many people who use these items are able to go out in the community and/or interact more with family.”
So please, Give the Gift of Dignity, by bringing one or more packages of pull-ups and bed pads to our center at 242 North 5th Avenue, Rome 30165 this Holiday season. You may even bring them when you come to our Thanksgiving Open House on Wednesday, November 18th between 11 and 1.
PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT need diapers or gender specific items.
JOIN US FOR SIGN AND SONG
ON BROAD STREET
If you don’t sign or sing, that’s OK. Just bundle up in a holiday sweater or hat and join us anyway for family fun! We will gather at the parking deck corner of Broad Street and 5th Avenue in Rome at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17th, and sign and sing up and down Broad Street. If you want a refresher course in sign language, call our office. Invite your family and friends, and if you are in a choir, ask them to join us too.
The Staff, Volunteers and Board of
NWGA CIL Wish You and Yours
the Many Blessings of the Holidays
Now, and Throughout the New Year
Our office will be closed for the Holidays
from noon on Wednesday, December 23rd
until 9 a.m. on Monday, January 4th.
DEAR CIL DOG,
I heard mom and dad talking about effective communication as defined under the ADA and how courts, government, medical facilities, and businesses have to provide it for people who need it.
I know that there are certified Sign Language interpreters for people who are deaf, and there are trained Support Service Providers for people who are deaf/blind, but they do not trained to provide reading services.
So where can a covered entity who is required to provide effective communication for someone who is blind find qualified readers?
-Buck, Daddy’s dog
You pose a very good question, because there is no pool of readers. Since people use so many words, reading is not like our simplified and direct dog communication. No, according to the DOJ,’s most recent rulings: “A ‘qualified’ reader means someone who is able to read effectively, accurately, and impartially, using any necessary specialized vocabulary.”
Just as there are ASL interpreters who specialize in legal or medical terminology, a qualified reader would have to be able to accurately read such documents and forms. I would add confidentiality, too, as a pre-requisite. After all, even though people don’t bury their dog bones, they don’t want other people knowing about their money and personal business. Impartiality is another key. For example, courts that hire ASL interpreters use certified consultants, not court personnel, and so covered entities should not use their own personnel as readers.
Let’s “Bark Up!” and create a pool of certified qualified readers for people who are blind!
Yours, CIL Dog
THREE YEARS OF THANKS
In January, 2013, we became the NWGA Center for Independent Living, Inc. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our continued growth and service are due to you, our donors and supporters. You have helped us serve our wonderful consumers in the fifteen counties of NWGA, empowering them to be more independent and part of their chosen communities.
The Morehouse Group, CPA
Donna and Mailon Baxley
D’Ann Downey and Randy Warley
Robert K. Finnell, PC
Suzy and Pete Gilbert
Mrs. HF Hunter, Jr.
Jeanne and Mark Krueger
Sue Hamler Lee
Melanie and Nicholas Merrin
Bonnie and Jim Moore
Lydia and Ralph Peters
Maia and Jose Santamaria
Bobbi and Phyllis Townsend
Ginny and Jay Word
Hal E. Blanton
Susan and Jim Bradshaw
Samuel T. Burrell, Jr.
Janet and William Byington, Jr.
Bob and Susan Hortman
Frances F. Knight
Liz and Dan Mozley
of the Blind
Judith and Melissa Pierson
Sheri and Josh Ransom
Tracy Slack and Associates
Clara Angelea Taylor
Brenda and Dennis Trosclair
Mary and Curt Yarbrough
In-Kind Donors and Supporters
Blue Sky Outfitters
Ford Gittings and Kane
Great Harvest Bread
Healing Hands Life Center
Ann and David Hortman
Little Caesar’s Pizza
Posh Upscale Resale
River City Bank
Schroeder’s New Deli
David Holtzclaw, Jr.
Jo Ellen Jones
We sincerely apologize for any errors/omissions. Please contact us so that we may correct them.
SERVING FIFTEEN COUNTIES
Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker and Whitfield
Mark Blanton, Chair
Delana Hickman, Vice-Chair
Mark Krueger, Secretary/Treasurer
Independent Living Coordinator
Independent Living Coordinator
Independent Living Coordinator
- Advocacy (Individual Empowerment and Systems Change)
- Independent Living Skills Training
- Information and Referral
- Peer Mentoring
- Transition (Youth and Nursing Facility Transition/Diversion)
- Assistive Tools and Technology (wheelchairs, CCTVs, pocket talkers, shower chairs…)
- Home Modifications (ramps, door widenings, accessible bathrooms…)
- Alzheimer’s Caring Closet (pull-ups and blue pads for people with dementia)
- Community Closet (same as above, except serves people who do not have dementia)
- Balancing Incentive Program (providing information and screenings for waivers)
- Food Bank Referrals
242 North 5th Avenue, Rome, GA 30165