August 2022
Empowering people with disabilities to lead independent and inclusive lives in the community.

From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

While some parents and children are wishing summer break could last longer, other families are looking forward to getting back into a predictable routine once school begins this month and next. My oldest son starts college this month and my younger son will be a junior in high school. Gone are the days of fighting the mad rush at big box stores to get the right pencils, etc. But in a way, I will miss that.

Despite the potential challenges from COVID-19 we may face this coming school year, kids with disabilities are excited to be back into a regular schedule, excited to learn new things, and participate in new activities with their peers. 

Whether your child is returning to the classroom or learning online, there are many free online resources that parents may find useful for their children in preparing them for back-to-school. Check out Free Back to School Resources for Kids With Disabilities. And as a parent, you will want to assure you are ready for the new school year as well. Here is a comprehensive list for back-to-school reminders and readiness from the CDC.

Is there something else not listed here where we can possibly be of assistance? If so, please contact us at 513-241-2600 or send us an e-mail. We stand ready to assist people with disabilities of all ages in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. I extend my best wishes to you and your families for a meaningful and successful year of education and personal growth.

As always, I enjoy hearing from you. Please feel free to call me by phone at 513-338-5100 or by email


Rob Festenstein

P.S. And for those of you who have read this far, I have a $10 gift card to Starbucks to the THIRD person to click here and indicate that you have read my message. 

Welcome Jason Harris!

CILO is pleased to announce our newest addition to the Board of Directors, Jason Harris. He is a dedicated advocate for all people with disabilities, and is active on several committees both locally and statewide. His personal experience, career path, and his education in disability studies allow Jason to bring a unique consumer-driven perspective to CILO.

Employment Opportunity

Do you have a desire to assist people with disabilities to reach their independent living goals?

Independent Living Specialist (part-time)

Learn more about this unique position here.

We are always interested in hearing how our services have impacted the lives of people with disabilities. Do you have a story you would like to share with us? Email us
Employee Anniversary

Kyle Dixon, Staff Accountant, celebrates 11 years this month!
CILO offers free notary services
for people with disabilities in Ohio. For an appointment, contact Rob Festenstein.

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Programs & Features
  • Select "Independent Living Options Inc" as your charity
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the mobile app 
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