From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

One of the more transformative experiences I've had in my life has been the opportunity to both study and travel throughout the State of Israel. I could write a novel about the experiences, but I will save you the trouble and get to the point. Perhaps the greatest part of these trips is the people I met - people no different than you and me, and people who face many of the same obstacles in their lives.

During the month of May, I encourage you to make a trip down to Main Street in O-T-R and visit our Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery (ABB) to see a bit of Israel. The exhibit titled " Victory of the Spirit" features the incredible art of Nevo Afek, a young man from Eilat, Israel. Nevo brings his unique connection to our mission as an artist who is partially blind and on the Autistic spectrum. Afek's oils on canvas are vibrant with color, mostly primary colors, mostly abstract though with visible references both to nature and figuration. You will really want to see it.

Our thanks to the sponsors and the many people who made this exhibit possible including the ABB Steering Committee members. As always, I want to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me at 513-241-2600 (extension 211) or by e-mail. Thank you for your continued support of our mission.



PNC Presents Financial Literacy

Become "money smart" and set financial goals in this free five-part education series for people with disabilities presented by  PNC Branch Manager, Krystle Flowers held at CILO. Read the flyer here.

Computer Classes start May 15th!

Join us for any of our free classes covering basic computer skills, accessing the internet, Microsoft Outlook and Word and more. Click here to learn more!

Youth Transition Supports

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) will be offered over the summer break for transition age youth with disabilities (ages 14-21) with an IEP, ETR or 504 Plans. These services include instruction in self-advocacy to help students become more independent and get an early start on identifying their goals and options for their future. Pre-ETS is a 1:1 service that can take place at CILO or in the community. Contact Jen Kroell, Youth Transition Coordinator by Email or call 513.241.2600 Ext. 200.

Connect with People with Disabilities

Disability Connector is a Closed Facebook Group created by CILO as an online support system for people with disabilities who are seeking information, support, ideas or want to share their experiences.
Disability Connector will maintain a thriving community by adhering to the guidelines that we will provide a safe space for people to ask questions, offer support, and build relationships. The goal of this group is to provide a great community experience in an engaging and inclusive space where everyone can learn and grow. 
Join here!

CI LO: Committed t o Transparency

CILO has earned a 2018 Gold Seal of Tranparency with GuideStar USA. GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. In order to achieve this gold level, CILO shared important information about our goals, strategies, capabilities and progress. Check out our newly updated GuideStar Nonprofit Profile here.

CILO Maintains Accreditation

CILO is pleased to share that we successfully renewed our participation in the BBB Accredited Charity Seal Holder program through April of 2019. CILO has met the BBB standards for Charity Accountability since 2011 showing that
we are committed to upholding the charity standards.  
See the many ways you can support CILO:
  •  Amazon shoppers: 
Why not join us in supporting CILO each time you shop on Amazon?  Log on to   using your regular Amazon credentials and select Independent Living Options, Inc , (make sure it says Cincinnati).Once signed up 0.5% of each of your qualifying purchases through will come directly to CILO.

  • Kroger Shoppers:  
Did you know you need to re-register your Kroger Plus Card annually to to keep CILO as your selected charity in the Kroger Community Rewards program? 

To re-register or to begin supporting CILO each time you shop at area Kroger stores, click  here

Not sure if you are supporting CILO? Check the bottom of your receipt for "You requested Kroger to donate to Center for Independent Living Options"

New Card!  New Number!

Between April, 2018 and April, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare. The new cards will have a new unique Medicare Number instead of a Social Security Number.  Medicare will automatically mail the new cards to the beneficiary address on file with the Social Security Administration.  CMS will mail the new cards in waves. Starting in April 2018, people with Medicare will be able to check the status of card mailings in their area at  Information and resources for partners and providers related to the roll-out of the new cards is available from  .  

Know your risk of falling!

Are you or a loved one at risk for a life-changing fall? Use the simple falls risk assessment from STEADY U Ohio to know your risk factors.  Take the assessment here 

CILO staff celebrating  anniversaries in May!

Allissa Phillips - 1 year
Kentucky Housing Coordinator

Suzanne Hopkins - 2 years
Director of Programs

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