Message from Executive Director Carolyn Grawi

Hi, I'm Carolyn Grawi with the Center for Independent Living Disability Resource Center. 
As you can see I am not at the office right now. We are working remotely to make sure we are still meeting all the service needs of people with disabilities in our community....view this message in it's entirety here:
In this update:

  • REMINDER: Disability Awareness: People First - A Virtual Presentation, May 14th at 1:00 pm
  • Zoom App updates
  • CILDRC Service updates
  • Updates from the IRS
  • Water and COVID-19 FAQs
  • Upcoming Community Events
  • Virus Info by County
  • Census Reminder
  • Social Engagement Activity, May 20th at 12:00 noon
  • Please Donate!
Disability Awareness: People First

When: May 14, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Please join a few minutes early so that we may begin on time.
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ZOOM App Updates  
Zoom 5.0 is live! Beginning May 30, 2020, Zoom will be enabling GCM encryption across the entire Zoom platform, providing increased protection for meeting data. Update now, visit
CILDRC Updates:

Our telephone outreach and assessments continue. We have spoken to multiple individuals in our community. Many times we encounter people who are battling loneliness from social isolation. Our CIL team member, Susan, reported how proud she was after speaking to an individual yesterday. The individual shared how happy she was that we called her because it made her feel cared for and connected. Others are facing food insecurity and we have linked them to programs that are distributing food. We are reminded daily of the need for various resources that are in short supply. (If we haven't reached you yet and you don't feel you need to connect with CILDRC directly, please reply to this email and type "I AM OKAY" in the body.)

Please contact us if you need information, assistance, or someone to talk to for support. Staff will continue to be available by phone and email, 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 emailing
Updates from the IRS
Millions of Americans have already received their Economic Impact Payments (Payments) authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to calculate and automatically send the Payments to most eligible individuals, however some individuals may have to provide additional information to the IRS to get their Payments. For the most recent updates about Economic Impact Payments, visit the IRS Website Economic Impact Payment Information Center .
Water and COVID-19 FAQs
Information about Drinking Water, Treated Recreational Water, and Wastewater

Updated CDC guidance based on recent research findings for the following questions:

  • Can the virus that causes COVID-19 spread through drinking water?
  • Can the virus that causes COVID-19 spread pools, hot tubs, spas and water play areas?
  • Can the virus that causes COVID-19 spread through sewerage systems?
Find answers to these questions and more at:
Upcoming Community Events

  • Faith Health Network Stroke Awareness Call online ZOOM call, May 21st - To register, caII 850.469.PRAY(7729) or visit

  • NAMI Mental Health Peer Support Groups - On ZOOM. For dates and times visit to register or find out more.
Up to date information about COVID-19
specific to your County is available
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CIL Disability Resource Center Invites you to Community Conversations for Social Engagement via Zoom

When: May 20, 2020 at 12:00 noon Central Time (US and Canada). Please join a few minutes early so that we may begin on time.

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Meeting ID: 840 3265 4269
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The Social Engagement Activity will occur each Wednesday at 12:00 noon. Please watch for updated information posted on our website on how you can connect. We will also send out emails with instructions on how to participate.
Want to help people with disabilities live fuller,
more meaningful lives in the community?
Funding is presently needed to purchase
wheelchairs, bath benches, walkers and other
durable medical equipment.


You may contribute online by clicking the "Donate" button below or you may mail a check to:
CIL Disability Resource Center
3600 North Pace Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32505
Center for Independent Living of Northwest Florida, Inc. (FEIN: 59-2288751) dba CIL Disability Resource Center, is a registered charity in the State of Florida, Registration Number CH130.
A copy of the Official registration and financial information may be obtained from the
Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does
not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.
1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352),

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Florida Department of Education - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation State Funding
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)
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