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DISABILITY SOLUTIONS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING INC
August 21, 2012

Founded in 2005 disAbility Solutions (dSIL) serves all people with disabilities in Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida. We maintain 4 core services of peer support, skills training, individual and systems advocacy and information and referral. In addition we run a Cookables class that teaches food preparation skills, shopping, nutrition, budgeting, cooking in varying appliances including toaster ovens, microwaves, stove top and oven meals. We continuously have a waiting list for this class. We also run a Service Animal Training program where we rescue trainable dogs from local shelters and match them up with a person with a disability. These programs are at no cost to our consumers. We run "Healthy Living" and "Emergency Preparedness workshops, among others and we assist parents of children with disabilities in their school setting. Our organization is staffed and run (bod) by over 51% people with disabilities. We are consumer driven and plan our programs around the needs of our community without duplicating what is all ready there.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the results of our actions in the community! We have trained individuals to live more independently! We have located housing, jobs, benefits and other requests. We have built ramps and done home modifications. We are constantly monitoring accessibility in our area. We have toured the courts, lodgings, parks, new builds etc. making sure that the ADA is followed. We work closely with the cities and counties as well as other non-profit organizations in our area.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger!!! We strive to be a model CIL (center for independent living). We have waiting lists for all of our employees. In the last 47K budget cut we lost an employee with a disability!! I would never have that happen again!!!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

I founded it as there were no services provided in this area. The closest CIL was 85 miles away.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To keep our current programs running with the help of fundraising.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To work ourselves out of a job because the ADA is in full effect and everyone is treated equally!

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Co-founder past immediate BOD president.

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