In this issue:
  • CILDRC service updates
  • Updates by County
  • What does "stay at home" order beginning April 3rd mean?
  • Crip Camp Film Conversations, April 4th, 4-5 pm
  • Virtual Peer Support Group, April 8th at 12:00 noon
  • What does "stay at home mean?
  • Gulf Power to provide one-time bill reduction
  • Census Reminder
  • Fraud, Hoarding and Price Gouging Information from
  • Donate!
As most of you have already heard, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statewide "stay at home" order for all Floridians.

CILDRC provides essential services to people with disabilities in our community. We remain committed to assisting you in any way we can, while practicing the safest possible delivery of our services.

CILDRC began contacting all current and former consumers during this past week and we appreciate those of you who took the time to participate in our assessment surveys. Participation helps the whole community by helping us identify the unmet needs, as well as connect individuals with new and existing resources. We have been successful with making connections for food and medical equipment.

In the days and weeks to come, the CILDRC Staff will continue conducting assessments with our consumers . Staff will also continue to be available by phone, managing day to day activities by appointment and remotely during our normal business hours 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. You can reach us by calling 850-595-5566 or by email

In the meantime, be well and be safe.
For more information from Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, click the applicable County's graphic below:
So What Does a "Stay At Home" order mean?
It's not much of change from the recommendations already issued by state officials, and it does not change anything for residents living in areas that had already been ordered by local governments to stay at home.

What are essential businesses?
Health care facilities/providers, gas stations, grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants, social and emergency services will be open. (Modified services, such as curbside, will likely be in effect for social services and restaurants.) Public transportation and sanitation services will continue operation.

Can I get in trouble for violating the order?
Yes. It's enforceable by local law enforcement.
In Central Florida counties that have already enacted stay-at-home orders, officials have not made any arrests.

Can I go outside?
Yes. Law enforcement officials will not stop residents who are on their way to or from work or who are out for necessities like going to the pharmacy or getting groceries, or just taking a walk. People gathering in any size group may be asked to physically distance themselves or go home.

Can I visit friends and family?
Officials do not want people visiting their families unless it is an emergency situation. You may travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons. If possible, it is recommended that you drop off supplies, food, and medication to those relatives in need of assistance, but minimize interaction.

Can I go outside for exercise?
Yes. Outdoor exercise like running or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities are closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.

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Crip Camp Conversations: A Panel with 504 panelists and the Film Subjects!
In partnership with Netflix’s award winning film Crip Camp , executively produced by President Barack and Michelle Obama and directed by James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham, we will be hosting an online panel focusing on three of the film's subjects who all participated in the 504 protest: J udith Heumann, Dennis Billups , and Corbett O'Toole , with moderator, Longmore Institute Advisory Council Member Alex Locust.

Crip Camp opened at the Sundance Film Festival in January and received standing ovations and rave reviews by audiences, newspapers, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and more. It is a story of teenagers with disabilities who attended a summer camp in the Catskills of New York and found their voice in disability rights. The roots of the independent living movement are depicted in this story. If you have access to Netflix and can watch the movie before the Q & A discussion, that would be great - but even if you don't get to watch the movie, you are welcome to join in!
Captioning will be provided, and ASL will be available upon advanced request.
  • Saturday, April 4, 6:00 pm CST
  • Free with advanced registration:

** Please take a moment to help us spread the word and join us for this important conversation, which provides an opportunity to celebrate disability community while overcoming social isolation!
CIL Disability Resource Center Invites you to Peer Support Group Meeting via Zoom

When: Apr 8, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Gulf Power to provide bill relief during ongoing COVID-19 pandemic March 30, 2020
  • Lower fuel costs are enabling Gulf Power to issue a one-time decrease of approximately 40% for the typical residential customer bill in May
  • Gulf Power plans to deliver savings to customers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through a one-time bill decrease, rather than the standard practice of spreading out savings over the remainder of the year
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DOJ Combats Fraud, Hoarding and Price Gouging during COVID-19 crisis
Be aware that criminals are attempting to exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams. There have been reports of:
  • Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud.
  • Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Malicious websites and apps that appear to share virus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.
  • Seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.Criminals will likely continue to use new methods to exploit COVID-19 worldwide.

The Department is also committed to preventing hoarding and price gouging for critical supplies during this crisis. To combat this misconduct, the President issued an Executive Order pursuant to section 102 of the Defense Production Act, which prohibits hoarding of designated items, and Attorney General Barr has now created the COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force. In a memo to U.S. Attorneys , Attorney General Barr said, “we will aggressively pursue bad actors who amass critical supplies either far beyond what they could use or for the purpose of profiteering. Scarce medical supplies need to be going to hospitals for immediate use in care, not to warehouses for later overcharging.”

Unfortunately, criminals and profiteers will likely continue to exploit individuals and businesses world wide. If you think you have been a victim of fraud or have knowledge of hoarding and/or price gouging of critical supplies, you can report this illegal activity by contacting the National Center for Disaster Fraud  Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via email at

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