Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living

Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living PCIL is a membership association of Centers for Independent Living (CILs). We strive to provide breaking news, technical assistance, and special benefits to our members.

To the disabled citizens of this Commonwealth, we strive to remove physical and attitudinal barriers and facilitate everyone’s dream about choosing where they want to live and how they live by having control over their lives.

To the disabled citizens of this Commonwealth, we strive to remove physical and attitudinal barriers and facilitate everyone’s dream about choosing where they want to live and how they live by having control over their lives.

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Pa. caregivers hold rally for better pay
11/10/2021
Pa. caregivers hold rally for better pay

Pa. caregivers hold rally for better pay

Pennsylvania caregivers say low pay has become a crisis. They held a rally Tuesday morning in Harrisburg calling on lawmakers to make changes.

Great Event!!!  Awesome Testimonies!!
11/10/2021
Rally for Our Lives Testimonial Compilation

Great Event!!! Awesome Testimonies!!

Testimonials from Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver recipients in Pennsylvania, regarding the current state of services, caregiver pay, and more.

Timeline Photos
11/03/2021

Timeline Photos

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MindFreedom International (MFI) in conjunction with Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living (RTFCIL), has issued a Shield Alert for David Italiano, a person with a disability who was placed under #guardianship by the court because of a physically abusive wife who later died.

Read more here:
https://3f2c1a28-59d6-49c1-8cc2-61edc0ef25ef.filesusr.com/ugd/78db76_8982fb148bb24c03982bd7fe8b49183c.pdf

Check out our website to see how you can help:
https://www.cilncp.org/

Image description: A photo of David's writing in his journal. The words "Please Don’t Murder Me” circled and written in dark red stand out towards the bottom of the page.

Such an important rally!!!  Join us!
10/25/2021

Such an important rally!!! Join us!

Consumers and Direct Care workers Unite!
We demand quality Home and Community Based Services and Livable Wages for our workers!

Join Us!
November 9th 11AM-12PM
Harrisburg, PA.
Outdoor fountain of the capitol building on Commonwealth Ave.

Contact your local Center for Independent Living (CIL) to Coordinate legislative visits with your Reps.

Find your CIL here:
https://pasilc.org/independent-living/

Image: Black and white pic of a man sitting in his wheelchair holding an American flag. The capitol rotunda is in the background. Information layered on top of and around the image on the flyer states: PA SILC and PCIL present Rally for Our Lives.

Consumers and Direct Care workers Unite!We demand quality Home and Community Based Services and Livable Wages for our wo...
10/23/2021

Consumers and Direct Care workers Unite!
We demand quality Home and Community Based Services and Livable Wages for our workers!

Join Us!
November 9th 11AM-12PM
Harrisburg, PA.
Outdoor fountain of the capitol building on Commonwealth Ave.

Contact your local Center for Independent Living (CIL) to Coordinate legislative visits with your Reps.

Find your CIL here:
https://pasilc.org/independent-living/

Image: Black and white pic of a man sitting in his wheelchair holding an American flag. The capitol rotunda is in the background. Information layered on top of and around the image on the flyer states: PA SILC and PCIL present Rally for Our Lives.

Consumers and Direct Care workers Unite!
We demand quality Home and Community Based Services and Livable Wages for our workers!

Join Us!
November 9th 11AM-12PM
Harrisburg, PA.
Outdoor fountain of the capitol building on Commonwealth Ave.

Contact your local Center for Independent Living (CIL) to Coordinate legislative visits with your Reps.

Find your CIL here:
https://pasilc.org/independent-living/

Image: Black and white pic of a man sitting in his wheelchair holding an American flag. The capitol rotunda is in the background. Information layered on top of and around the image on the flyer states: PA SILC and PCIL present Rally for Our Lives.

Still Time to get in!
09/29/2021

Still Time to get in!

[TEXT]: On Sept. 30 at 3pm ET, Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) and Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley will host a virtual program about Supported Decision-Making for Professionals and Educators.
Register here: [LINK]: https://jfslv.org/sdm101

08/31/2021

Great Event!

Thanks for helping us  out.
08/31/2021

Thanks for helping us out.

[TEXT]: Show off your #SocialGood by donating your gently worn, used and new shoes to our #ShoeDrive fundraiser! Every pair you donate turns into funds for us, is kept out of landfills and helps micro-entrepreneurs around the world!

Thanks to the following businesses and organizations in the community who are supporting us by having drop boxes for shoe collection: Aardvark Sports Shop - Bethlehem, Guardian Life, AMC Theatres Allentown 16, Tilghman Square 8 and Center Valley 16 locations, Lehigh Carbon Community College, and Traditions of America at Saucon Valley. More locations to be announced!

Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) is partnering with Funds2Orgs who will collect these shoes from LVCIL and deliver them to people in developing nations who start micro-businesses that will create a sustainable income for their families.

All shoes can be dropped off at LVCIL's Allentown office.
The only thing we can't take is ice skates and rollers skates, but we'll take all cleats, flip flops, shoes, sneakers, boots, and slippers in good condition with no rips, holes, or tears.

Great opportunity for our Artist!
08/31/2021

Great opportunity for our Artist!

[TEXT]: It's no secret that you're all talented! Why not show it off? Our Virtual Talent Show will be on Wednesday, September 15, from 2:15-3:15 PM. We will also be hosting a Paint N Sip during the show using art supplies from our conference swag bags! Register today to get your complimentary swag!

[LINK]:Conference Registration: https://thefightgoeson.secure-platform.com/?fbclid=IwAR1NHgQo9GJxlcydND-9ctK9pAkmcDz-lIGgGUI092DXfSDZ5_Ig_nEEjaQ

[LINK]: Talent Show Registration: https://thefightgoeson.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/login/3?returnUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fthefightgoeson.secure-platform.com%2Fa%2Fsolicitations%2F3%2Fhome

#TalentShow #IndependentLiving #DisabilityCommunity

What a great program offered by a PCIL Member!
08/31/2021

What a great program offered by a PCIL Member!

Check out our Reuse album on #Facebook to see what equipment we might have available. It is updated every Tuesday. #ReuseDayTuesday

Through our #Reuse program, we help connect people with the tools they need.

Donated #equipment is #Free and available to people with #disabilities, their families, friends, and service #providers.

Call or email:

570.327.9070

or

[email protected]

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=RTFCIL&set=a.5019197441428178

Really important day!!!
08/31/2021

Really important day!!!

#InternationalOverdoseAwarenessDay is a global event that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or had a permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
Every overdose was someone’s child, someone’s grandchild.

For information regarding LRI's Disability and Addiction Support Group, please call 215-634-2000 Ext.123 .

08/31/2021

Come and visit the New Office in Harrisburg!

A Great Podcast!
08/31/2021

A Great Podcast!

The most diverse and honest podcast produced BY people with disabilities FOR people with disabilities is available to stream EVERYWHERE!

Stream #DisAbilityTalks, where we cover everything from #Paralympians, #armlesspilots, #wheelchairdancers, and more: https://www.abilitiesinmotion.org/podcast

Resources for the Delta Variant.
08/18/2021

Resources for the Delta Variant.

Liberty Resources has partnered with Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre, Inc. to distribute clear masks for the deaf and deafblind community. Stop by the front entrance at LRI anytime between 8:30am and 12:00pm on Tuesday, 8/24 for your FREE mask.

Our address is 112 N 8th Street in Center City Philadelphia.

Help stop the spread of Covid-19 and the Delta variant!

#resources #mask #MaskUp #MaskUpPhilly #DeafCommunity #safety

This takes real courage!
07/29/2021

This takes real courage!

Abilities in Motion supports Simone Biles for her brave and courageous decision to prioritize her mental and physical health. Refraining from Olympic competition is a testament to her profound strength and character on and off the gym mats.

#SimoneBiles #mentalhealth

Way to go AIM!
07/15/2021

Way to go AIM!

"We are talking about building leaders in our community and breaking down those walls for women that feel like they can't do what they want to do in order to see light on the other side."

Hear more from the
Rollettes now:

https://abilitiesinmotion.org/podcast

#abilitynotdisability #disability #disabilitypride #disabilityawareness

Opportunity to support VFI!
06/28/2021

Opportunity to support VFI!

We are just under ONE MONTH AWAY from the 2021 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! This year's walk may be virtual, but it's still a real event-- just on YOUR terms! Anytime between today and July 15, YOU can register and choose how & when you participate (on a treadmill/paramill, in a park or on a trail, or even just around your neighborhood)-- it’s your choice! You also pick the time when you start and stop!

To help support VFI when you participate, simply raise funds as usual, go to https://www.walkforahealthycommunity.org/whc3/locations/erie.shtml and register while selecting VFI as your nonprofit of choice. Full details can be found at the homepage for the link above. And don't forget to share your story, using the hashtags #highmarkwalk, #VFICIL, and #voicesforindependence.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of Voices for Independence!

#HighmarkWalk #Highmark #WalkForAHealthyCommunity #HighmarkWalkForAHealthyCommunity #running #runner #jogging #jogger #walking #walker #disabilityrights #disabilitycommunity #disability #VFICIL #VoicesForIndependence #centerforindependentliving #CIL #Erie #EriePA #ErieCounty

Still an opportunity to attend!
06/28/2021

Still an opportunity to attend!

[TEXT]: A Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation free webinar on June 29 will focus on Men & Aging With Paralysis at 3 pm. To register, go to: http://ow.ly/mCHK50FiKyV

Save the date for this great event!!!
06/28/2021

Save the date for this great event!!!

SAVE THE DATE!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

JOIN US!

Monday, July 26, 2021 for a #CILebration of the #ADA.

Festivities begin at 11am and will continue until 2pm (or until we run out).

There will be ice cream, hot dogs, snacks, & drinks.

This event is #FREE and open to the public.

We will be set up in our back parking lot at 24 East 3rd Street, Williamsport, PA but our doors will be open to come in and see what we are all about.

#ADA31 #CILebrate #EveryoneIsWelcome #AssistiveTechnology #Reuse #FreePhones #Demonstrations #NursingHomeTransitions #TicketToWork #RepPayee #CommunitySupport #AdultAutism #Volunteers #LifeSkills #AccessibleFitnessCenter #ComputerLabs #BanquetRoom #ConferenceRoom

Facebook Event 👉 https://fb.me/e/MSdhsz12

Join us in this important event.
06/28/2021

Join us in this important event.

Disability Pride Virtual PA!
Let’s make Pennsylvania Disability Proud

Registration link here http://bit.ly/DisabilityPride2021
This will be a one time registration, you will receive email with the links to the events daily. Event standards are auto-captions and ASL interpreter. More accommodations can be made while registering or reaching out to us.
www.disabilitypridepa.org
Email- [email protected]
Phone- (267) 621-1480

#DisabilityPrideVirtualPA #DisabilityPridePA #MakePennsylvaniaDisabilityProud #Fun #Advocacy #Access #Inclusion #ArtsCulture #DisabilityJustice #DisabilityCulture #ADA31

Join Liberty Resources as they present, Biden Cares Plan & HCBS, What's in it for us? on Monday, June 28th from 4-5:30 PM

There's still time to enter!!!
06/28/2021

There's still time to enter!!!

TWO MORE DAYS to submit your 2021 AIM Art Show application:https://021ab2bc-e3ce-4e6c-97ce-906d94e946ba.filesusr.com/ugd/b3cbb4_afba0c6baf2349d8a6245796c0f7d690.pdf

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Update!
05/20/2021

Update!

WELCOME HOME JAMES!

This process started over a year ago in Long Island, NY. James' wife kept getting the run-around with every phone call she made. This was taking a toll on James' faith in returning home.

Directed to Community Health Choices and the Nursing Home Transition Program, things finally started in the right direction...only to come to a halt when PA Health & Wellness wasn't sure how to provide services to him in another state. After many phone calls, PA H&W agreed to make an exception to help get James back to his family!

James returned home yesterday to his wife and mother and there was not a dry eye in the house.

As staff was leaving, James used all his strength to push himself up to a sitting position. He whispered, "I want to hug you and thank you too."

James is currently learning to use his voice again.

This brought even more tears to everyone's eyes!

James has a special phrase he says when saying good-bye, "Take care and brush your hair."

#OurHomesNotNursingHomes #ImNotCryingYouAreCrying #WelcomeHome #IndependentLiving #Independence #CommunityLiving #TakeCareAndBrushYourHair

Independent Living Conference coming up!
05/19/2021

Independent Living Conference coming up!

[TEXT]: Check out the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) page for our upcoming virtual conference! The event takes place Sept. 14-16 with a special pre-event on Sept. 13. More details to come.
Find out more here: http://ow.ly/GUTk50ELWJs

Another Successful Transition!  Way to go, RTF!!!
05/19/2021

Another Successful Transition! Way to go, RTF!!!

WELCOME HOME JAMES!

This process started over a year ago in Long Island, NY. James' wife kept getting the run-around with every phone call she made. This was taking a toll on James' faith in returning home.

Directed to Community Health Choices and the Nursing Home Transition Program, things finally started in the right direction...only to come to a halt when PA Health & Wellness wasn't sure how to provide services to him in another state. After many phone calls, PA H&W agreed to make an exception to help get James back to his family!

James returned home yesterday to his wife and mother and there was not a dry eye in the house.

As staff was leaving, James used all his strength to push himself up to a sitting position. He whispered, "I want to hug you and thank you too."

James is currently learning to use his voice again.

This brought even more tears to everyone's eyes!

James has a special phrase he says when saying good-bye, "Take care and brush your hair."

#OurHomesNotNursingHomes #ImNotCryingYouAreCrying #WelcomeHome #IndependentLiving #Independence #CommunityLiving #TakeCareAndBrushYourHair

Finding Accessible Meeting locations a big thanks to Roads to Freedom Center for sharing!
05/19/2021

Finding Accessible Meeting locations a big thanks to Roads to Freedom Center for sharing!

This guide will help make every meeting, event, and conference #accessible. It will continue to be updated to best serve the needs of planners and help ensure all meeting participants are fully engaged and have equal opportunities to contribute to public discourse, learning, and advancement.

TransCen, Inc.

https://www.adahospitality.org/accessible-meetings-events-conferences-guide

Free conference opportunity1
03/31/2021

Free conference opportunity1

Great news!!!  Please check it out.
03/31/2021

Great news!!! Please check it out.

📢 PA COVID-19 VACCINATION ELIGIBILITY UPDATE!
✅ Firefighters, police officers, grocery store workers and food and agriculture workers: eligible TODAY
✅ Phase 1B: eligible April 5
✅ Phase 1C: eligible April 12
✅ All Pennsylvanians 16 and older: eligible April 19

Make sure your voices are heard!!!
03/24/2021

Make sure your voices are heard!!!

Share YOUR Story!!

Are you currently or were you previously enrolled to receive Home and Community Based Services?

Have you been negatively impacted by reductions in your #services, service hours, or contact with your service coordinator due to #COVID-19?

Share your 2020 experience and what you need to keep your #independence at this April’s Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Subcommittee Meeting (#MLTSS)

👇 Register today to "Share YOUR Story!!" 👇https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1833262327831552272

A loss of these critical services and hours can put your health and
wellbeing at severe risk. Group living, such as nursing homes, endangers your right to a quality life in the environment you choose. Act now and make your voice heard!

👇 Register today to "Share YOUR Story!!" 👇
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1833262327831552272

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Telephone

(717) 920-0530

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LVCIL was excited to host a planning meeting for Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living today! Great representation from our other CIL partners: Anthracite Region Center for Independent Living (ARCIL), Liberty Resources, Center for Independent Living of NCPA, Center for Independent Living Opportunities, Center for Independent Living of Central PA, Bucks County Center for Independent Living, Community Resources for Independence, Inc., Life and Independence for Today, Abilities In Motion, Disability Empowerment Center, Freedom Valley Disability Center, Voices For Independence, Center for Independent Living of South Central PA, and Transitional Paths to Independent Living - TRPIL. #advocacy #teamwork #disabilityrights