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Center For Independent Living Of South Central Pennsylvania

CILSCPA

Organizational Information

Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization

The mission of the Center for Independent Living of South Central Pennsylvania is to empower people with disabilities to lead independent lives in their communities.

History of Organization

Began in 1988 under the auspices of Three Rivers Center for Independent Living in Pittsburgh, PA through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to serve the counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana and Somerset. CILSCPA became a free-standing entity in 1989.

Affiliations

Member of the Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living and the National Council on Independent Living.

Funding Sources

The U. S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title VII, Chapter I, Part C.

Contact Information

Key Leader(s)

Marty Dombrowski -  Assistant Director
814 949 1905
800 237 9009
mdombrowski@cilscpa.org
George Palmer -  Executive Director
814-949-1905
800-237-9009
gapalmeriii.cilscpa@gmail.com

Contact Person(s)

Jody R. Kris - Independent Living Skills Trainer
814-949-1905
814-949-1909
Marty Dombrowski - Assistant Director
814-949-1905
800 237 9009
mdombrowski@cilscpa.org

Contact Number(s)

800.237.9009 - Toll-free

814.949.1905 - Voice/TTY

Contact Email(s)

cilscpa@cilscpa.org

Web Addresses

www.cilscpa.org

Primary Address

3013 Beale Ave, Suite B102
Altoona, PA, 16601

Service Information

Service Area

Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Hungtingdon, Indiana, and Somerset Counties

Service Description

Equipment Training Program-allows individuals to borrow assistive technology and receive training on its use. Equipment available for all areas of daily living: working in the kitchen, eating, household activites, communications and more.

Accessibility consultation/technical assistance

Housing data and referral

Deaf Action Awareness Program

Information and referral concerning disability and community services.

Peer Counseling

Advocacy: Self Advocacy, Representative Advocacy, and Systems Advocacy

Service Coordination - assists the individual in obtaining community resources and services in the areas of housing, legal, personal care, finance, medical care, and nutrition.

Transitioning

Independent Living Skills Training - to improve the daily living skills of people with disabilities, CILSCPA's Indepednent Living Specialist provides individual & group skills training sessions. Examples of skills Development: Meal preparation Organization Financial Management Adaptive Equipment Training

Brain Injury Outreach and Support Program - individual and family support for people with brain injury.

Advocacy

Available Hours

8:00 am - 4:00 pm / Monday through Friday.

Fees/Cost for Services

None

Eligibility Requirements

Must have a disability and live within the seven county area that we service.

Required Documentation

Self-declared disability and intake information.

How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments

You may call the office for an appointment. Send an email to cilscpa@cilscpa.org requesting services.

Miscellaneous Information

Handicap Accessibility

Office is located within a fully accessible, smoke-free building and on a major bus route.

Languages Spoken or Available

English

Speaker Available

Yes

Volunteer Use

Yes

Volunteer Need

Yes

Volunteer Description

Help with bulk mailings, light clerical duties and fundraisers.