The last week of July was very busy for the staff at the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania. On July 26th, we commemorated the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a piece of legislation designed to protect the rights of people with disabilities in our nation and promote equal access in our communities.
As an organization dedicated to expanding the rights of people with disabilities through advocacy, we recognize that there is still work to be done in the realm of disability inclusion. However, we also recognize that the ADA represents a huge milestone in the history of our civil rights movement and, therefore, is cause for celebration.
Our original plan was to host a photo shoot at City Island on Thursday, July 26th to capture photography of real people with disabilities in our region while celebrating diversity and commemorating the anniversary of the ADA. However, the tremendous amount of rain we experienced throughout last week caused severe flooding and City Island was closed to pedestrians.
Although it is unfortunate that we were not able to host the photo shoot on the anniversary of the ADA, we have rescheduled the event for Thursday, August 9th at City Island, Harrisburg. We are very excited for the photo shoot and look forward to the opportunity to showcase the diverse individuals with disabilities in our region by obtaining professional photography to use in future communications materials. For more information on the disability photo shoot, check out this article.
In other news, the CILCP experienced significant growth this month. We brought on a new staff member, Dawn, as our Living Well Information and Referral Specialist/ Community Advocate, as well as 20 new trained Support Service Providers (SSPs) to assist individuals who are deafblind in navigating social, professional and public environments.
I would like to personally thank all of the individuals who support our organization through donations, volunteer time or participation in programs and activities such as the community photo shoot. We attribute our success to your support.
CEO, Center for Independent Living of Central Pa. (CILCP)
Three Organizations Collaborate to Host Photo Shoot Highlighting Diversity in Our Region
Our disability photo shoot scheduled for July 26th has been postponed due to flooding. The event will now take place on August 9th (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) at City Island, Harrisburg. Learn more about the organizations involved and the objective of the photo shoot.
CILCP Partners with PANO to Produce a Six-Part Disability Webinar Series
We’re working with the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) to offer a six-part webinar series that will provide nonprofit leaders with the tips, tools, dos and donts of disability inclusion. Learn more about CILCP’s work with PANO.
Accessibility Consultation and Trainings
CILCP offers a variety of consultation services and trainings to organizations to increase their awareness and level of accessibility. Discover these professional services.
Life-Changer of the Month
She’s worked at the CILCP for almost 30 years. Meet the woman who oversees all CILCP’s programs and services and leverages her deep expertise to improve accessibility throughout the state!
Welcome new staff member, Dawn Marron!
Dawn is CILCP’s new Living Well Information and Referral Specialist/Community Advocate. She will be responsible for connecting individuals to the appropriate services and supports that will enable them to live well while advocating at the local, state and national level to eliminate barriers that prevent people with disabilities from living well in their community.
Dawn has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University in labor studies and business, and a JD from Duquesne Law School.
Dawn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 717-731-1900 ext. 253.
CILCP introduces 20 new Support Service Providers (SSPs) to the DeafBlind Living Well Services (DBLWS) statewide network of trained SSPs!
These 20 individuals underwent two days of intense training provided by nationally-recognized trainers Shannon Wright and Marsha Drenth (of CILCP) to become SSPs. Welcome to the team!