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Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are community-based centers that are run by and for people with disabilities and offer a broad range of services to empower and enable people to stay in the community (ACL, 2020).

Watch and listen as video blog (vlog) host, Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Extension Program Specialist for Special Populations at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, speaks with Pat Morse, LMSW, Program Manager for the Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living (BVCIL) about the importance of CILs and highlights specific topics and resources for parents and caregivers.

In part five of the nine-part vlog series, Ms. Morse discusses how CILs offer employment initiatives for individuals with disabilities interested in entering the workforce. CILs partner across the federal government, with states and communities, and with older adults and people with disabilities to create more opportunities for competitive, integrated employment.

Don’t forget to catch up on all of our CIL episodes below.

Stay tuned next month as the OneOp Military Caregiving concentration area shares part six of the vlog series where our host and guest speaker discuss CILs and nutritional and wellness programs that address prevention, chronic disease self-management and more.

*Additional resources for providers and caregivers at: CIL Vlog Resources by Category