Summer 2016 Newsletter



Wednesday, July 27

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



in Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act:

Vote! Vote! Vote!

Come by our office and enjoy lunch munches and Dessert!

If you haven’t registered to vote yet, we will have registration forms and absentee ballot forms. We will be glad to assist you with that process.

August 17-19



Do you have a significant disability?

Would you like to be trained and certified to be a peer mentor to others who do?

Peer mentoring is something unique that those of us who have disabilities can offer to others.

Please join us at our free three day Peer Mentor Training this August.

Space is limited, so register now.


Thursday, September 15, 2016 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Goodwill Career Center



Whether you are looking for a place to live, retro-fitting your home, building a home, selling houses,  or developing or managing groups of housing, there is a new mantra

VisitAbility, VisitAbility, VisitAbility

Learn from the experts, and find out how we can help.



Our Third Annual



A Fall Ball


Watch for invitations this fall to another exciting virtual event you don’t have to attend!


My mom is always going to these meetings about transportation, but most of what I hear about is bridges and roads. My mom walks, and the trails around here are pretty great, and she rides the Para transit, which is really great. But there are a lot of places she can’t go independently, like up in NWGA, because there is no connecting public transportation.

How can we help?

Dear Jamie,

First of all, roads and bridges are important, need to be maintained and have their own funding source – the gasoline tax. They are also what some forms of public transportation ride on.

But you are right, the lack of affordable, accessible public transportation is one of the biggest barriers to independence in NWGA. Without it, many people cannot get to the doctor, go to work, or be a part of their community. This issue also affects many people who don’t have disabilities as well.

We encourage people to approach this challenge in several ways:

  • Make friends with people who drive and help them out with something they need
  • Write to your legislators, and tell them your story and what transportation means to you.
  • Go to these meetings and ADVOCATE!
  • Put your paws on the ground and join with other groups concerned about this issue.

Yours, CIL Dog

Consumer finds Center Welcoming


M is a consumer that we have worked with over the years. Her most recent goal has been to help with self-care through the Community Closet Program. As staff has gotten to know her better, she has talked about her 4 year old autistic son and she has suggested she may want to volunteer. Staff has spoken with her about her concerns for her son and has offered to provide her with peer support for an upcoming IEP that she is concerned about at his school. She remarked that she feels that the center is a “safe place, I feel very welcomed when I come here.”


Our Services:

  • Advocacy (Individual Empowerment and Systems Change)
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Information and Referral
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Transition (Youth and Nursing Facility Transition/Diversion)



242 North 5th Avenue, Rome, GA 30165

Phone: 706.314.0008

Toll Free: 866.888.7845

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