September 2022

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From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

The notion of “being prepared” is more than something that just applies to the Boy Scouts. It applies to all of us. Would you be prepared if a tornado hit your community? Would you be prepared if your neighborhood flooded? Would you be prepared if a severe snowstorm were to keep you home bound for several days?

This concept takes on special meaning for people with disabilities. As September is National Preparedness Month, I wanted to share some resources that are created for people with disabilities:

  • From Personal Disaster Preparedness


CILO can be of further assistance as well to anyone looking for help in this area as it relates to Independent Living. Please have a look at the links I have shared and feel free to contact us. For now, please be safe and be prepared!!

As always, I enjoy hearing from you. Please contact me at 513-338-5100 or by email.


Rob Festenstein

P.S. I once again have a $10 gift card to Starbucks to the FIFTH person to contact me by email indicating you have read my message. 

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CILO Hosts Voter Registration for

People with Disabilities

As a partner of Disability Voting Rights Week, CILO is building the power of the disability vote in our community during the week of September 12-16, 2022. Disability Voting Rights Week is a national, nonpartisan initiative to build the power and presence of people with disabilities. Disability Voting Rights Week is coordinated by the American Association of People with Disabilities’ (AAPD) REV UP Voting Campaign.


CILO will host a voter registration drive for people with disabilities who live in OHIO or KENTUCKY on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15 at our offices located at 2031 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, 45219 from 10am to 3pm. (Enter parking lot off Huntington). Those who register to vote will be entered to win an AAPD Rev Up Basket. Please contact Stephanie Talbot, Disability Rights and Advocacy Specialist by email or phone 513-241-8046 with any questions.

Your vote is your right and your vote is powerful. There are over 38 million people with disabilities who are eligible to vote. However, discrimination, inaccessible voting processes, and exclusion from democracy lead to a turnout gap between voters with and without disabilities. People with disabilities are regularly left out of the political process and ignored in policies that directly impact their lives. In fact, less than 1 in 3 voters with disabilities thinks that leaders in Washington, D.C., care about people with disabilities.


During Disability Voting Rights Week, CILO is rallying for people with disabilities, making sure our consumers are registered and ready to vote, and have access to the ballot. When people with disabilities unite and advocate for civil and disability rights, we have been able to achieve meaningful change. In 2022, millions of people with disabilities will cast their ballots in elections across the country that will impact access to health care, financial security, the ability to live in community, and so much more. 

Center for Independent Living Options is grateful to have participated in the 2022 Inclusive Communities Cohort facilitated by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.  Through our participation we were awarded a $12,000 grant to help us achieve our vision to be a recognized leader of quality and innovative services through Transformational Leadership. 

Welcome Myra Saaed!

CILO is pleased to announce our newest addition to the Board of Directors, Myra Saaed.  Myra is a Senior Program Specialist - Strategy and Growth, with the Heart Institute of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.  Myra brings nonprofit experience and strategic planning skills to CILO, and is looking forward to networking and building CILO's circle of support.

Employment Opportunities

Do you have a desire to assist people with disabilities to reach their independent living goals? Click on the job title below to learn more about  these unique positions at CILO.

Independent Living Specialist (part-time)

Home and Community Transition Services

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

CILO offers free notary services
for people with disabilities in Ohio. For an appointment, contact Rob Festenstein.

Support CILO

Learn more here about how using your
Kroger Plus Card can support CILO!
Once you have signed up there is nothing more to do other than use your Kroger Plus Card.

Thank you for supporting us through the Amazon Smile Program! In the past year we have doubled the amount that comes back to us. Not signed up yet? Follow these easy steps and help us build our Emergency Assistance Fund.

  • Open the Amazon app on your phone
  • Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within
Programs & Features
  • Select "Independent Living Options Inc" as your charity
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in
the mobile app 

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