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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 six of the nine-part vlog series, Ms. Morse discusses how CILs assist individuals with disabilities as they navigate life skills such as health, wellness and emergency preparedness using person-centered planning. CILs works with consumers to help identify what is important to and for a person with disabilities, that eventually leads to the development of an individual’s future plans.

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 seven of the vlog series where our host and guest speaker discuss CILs and preventing abuse. Special focus will be given on programs and services available to support caregivers and their loved ones residing in skilled or nursing facilities.

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