The AAF 4th District public service initiative provides support to charitable organizations from around the State of Florida and Caribbean. Our member-professionals devote countless hours of volunteer time and top-level resources to better the communities we live in. This year Centers for Independent Living (CILs) is the public service initiative of the AAF 4th District.
What is a CIL?
Centers for Independent Living are private, nonprofit corporations that provide services to maximize the independence of individuals with disabilities and the accessibility of the communities they live in. Centers are funded in part by the Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Independent Living Branch, to provide, among other things, several core services: advocacy, peer counseling, independent living skills training, and information and referral.
What makes CILs unique?
51% of all board and staff at Centers for Independent Living have some form of a disability. Services are provided to individuals of all disabilities, ages and backgrounds through extensive goal-setting and support services at no cost. Each of the CILs is guided by the Independent Living Philosophy which promotes self-determination, self-respect and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Much like AAF, the CIL network is three-tiered with representatives at local, state and national levels.
How can I help?
The AAF 4th District is proud to champion this cause and we ask you to join us in supporting the efforts of CILs around the District. Already, AAF Chapters are picking up hammers to build ramps, providing mentor opportunities for students with disabilities, and provide industry insight to support in fundraising efforts.
Who do I contact?