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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.

Individuals have the right to live their lives free from abuse of any kind. Unfortunately, far too often older adults and people with disabilities are abused, neglected or exploited. In part seven of the nine-part vlog series, Ms. Morse provides a brief overview of abuse and neglect in the aging community and identifies programs and services available through CILs to support loved ones residing in skilled or nursing facilities.

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 eight of the vlog series where our host and guest speaker discuss programs and services for peer support among individuals with special needs.

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