Archived Webinars

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What is a CIL?

June 3, 2020

Executive Director, Carolyn Grawi explains what a CIL is while answering questions from the community.

Build a Basic Budget

June 9, 2020

Build a Basic Budget Webinar partnership with CIL and Central Credit Union of Florida, featuring Barbara MacNeil.

Emergency Disaster Preparedness

June 12, 2020

The Easy Tips for Hurricane Preparedness Webinar for all of our constituents to learn best practices to keep you and your family safe in case of a natural disaster.

Assistive Technology to Promote Independence and Aging in Place for Seniors

June 23, 2020

Susan Foster discusses assistive technology to promote independence and aging in place for seniors!

ADA Basics: Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

July 7, 2020

ADA Basics”  Webinar is an introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990  to help increase your knowledge and understanding of the Basics of the ADA.

Overview of the Special Education System & Parent Rights

July 21, 2020

Recording Coming Soon! 

Description:  Learn your rights as parents in the IEP process for your child. In this series, parents will gain strategies and tactics they can use for their child’s learning and support service needs to be met in school settings.

Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. Overview

August 4, 2020

FTRI is a non profit organization that administers the Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program for citizens of Florida who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind and Speech Disabled.

Assistive Technology to Promote Independence: School and AT Needs

August 18, 2020

Assistive Technology is all around us! On the following webinar will highlight a piece Assistive Technology you may find useful when completing various tasks at work, home or play.  These tools can assist in Reading, Writing, or Notetaking, some as low as $25.00! We are here to help!

Assistive Technology to Promote Independence: Meet ALEXA

September 8, 2020 

It is Spinal Cord Awareness Injury Month. Learn more about FAAST at the Gulf Coast Regional Demonstration Center as we continue to create awareness for Spinal Cord Awareness Injury. The following webinar will highlight a ALEXA as Assistive Technology in the kitchen.

Intro to Spinal Cord Injury & Resources Podcast

September 15, 2020

Description: This presentation will be an informal presentation on spinal cord injury, the Florida Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center, and the presenters personal experiences living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).

ADA Basics: Title 1 Employment

October 6, 2020

Description: This is a basic overview of the ADA Title 1 Employment. We were joined by Cheri Hofmann, ADA Distance Learning and Training Director from the Southeast ADA Center to answer questions about this topic.

Employment Round Table: Disability Employment

October 13, 2020

Description: Watch on Facebook.  Ever wonder what services, resources, and supports are available for people with disabilities in the Florida Panhandle? Panelists discussed their programs and services and answered questions from the public. 

Employment Round Table: Disability Benefits

October 27, 2020

Description: Representatives with information about how working can affect your disability benefits will be discussing services and options available to people with disabilities.

Nutritional Tips with Wendy Merrideth

November 2, 2020 

Description: Enjoy this webinar to learn more about nutritional tips for healthy eating and lifestyle with Wendy Merrideth!

Effective Communication with the FTRI Program

November 10, 2020 

Description:  Karen Jackson, Independent Living and FTRI Program Specialists will discuss the intersection with Title VI, Telecommunications of the ADA and Effective Communication with the FTRI Program and Services.

An Overview of the FAAST Program

November 17, 2020

Description:  Susan Foster, Gulf Coast Regional Demonstration Center Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist highlights the AT Program and Services and updates  you on the latest AT available at the GCRDC and around the state.

IEP 101: An Overview of 504 Plans

November 24, 2020 

Description: Joanne Pearson, Advocacy Outreach Coordinator presented this installment of our IEP information series. During this webinar she talked about the general information about 504 plans, including when and how they are used.

“Aunt Katie's Visit” Storytime Read By Danny Broxson

December 8, 2020

Description: This session featured “Aunt Katie’s Visit” written by Katie Bannister and read by Danny Broxson. The author Katie Bannister is an individual with a disability that has hurdled over the challenges of her disability. She serves the community through her non-profit entitled Access-4-All.

December 17, 2020

Description: Join FAAST and Guest Speaker Gina Baldwin! She is a licensed Speech Pathologist for more than 35 years. Helping people connect with the world through speech is her true passion. She took on the challenge of developing an intuitive, photo-based, and reasonably priced application and APP2Speak was born!

How a WIPA Counselor Helps to Maneuver Ticket to Work

December 22, 2020

Description:   Join CIL with Guest Speaker Toccara James who is a WIPA Coordinator and she will be presenting on what she does to assist consumers through the Ticket to Work Program from Social Security.

United Way

United Way 2-1-1

January 19, 2021

Recording Coming Soon!

Guest Speaker Avalon Mallory, a 2-1-1 Resource Manager and I&R Specialist was CIL of Northwest Florida’s guest speaker. She talked about United Way and the services they offer and about the 2-1-1 Program and what it does to help our community.

AT to Promote Independence Webinar Series - Featuring Smyle Mouse

An Overview of the FAAST Program

January 20, 2021

Recording Coming Soon!

Description: Uday Parshionikar will present on the Smyle Mouse, software that provides easy and precise computer mouse control and adaptive switch access, without the use of hands. It is designed for people with disabilities / difficulties of hands.


CIL Advocacy Spotlight
Joanne Pearson

CIL Advocacy Spotlight

February 2, 2021 

Recording Coming Soon!

Description:  Joanne Pearson, Advocacy Outreach Coordinator presented about her position at CILNWF and what services she provides to her consumers and the community at large. Joanne tells you how you can reach out to CILNWF if you need assistance.

Assistive Technology to Promote Independence: Camera Mouse

Assistive Technology to Promote Independence: Camera Mouse

February 17, 2021 

Recording Coming Soon!

Description: The Camera Mouse was developed at Boston College to help people with disabilities use the computer independently.   Guest Presenter Margrit Betke.



Agency Spotlight
on Aging

Council on Aging - Agency Spotlight

 February 23, 2021 

Recording Coming Soon!

Description: Margaret Jerauld was our guest speaker and presented on all the services that the Council on Aging provides for the seniors and disabled in our community.

Division of Blind

Division of Blind Service Presentation

March 9, 2021

Recording Coming Soon!

Description:  Debbie Carty, District Administrator for District 1 of Division of Blind Services joined us to present on what the Division of Blind Services does, and what services they provide/offer to the visually impaired community and their families in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties. 


Agency Spotlight
Presenter Marti Hearn

March 11, 2021 

Recording Coming Soon!

Description: CIL of Northwest Florida welcomes Marti Hearn, NWFLAAA spotlighting Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) Program.  Marti shared about Medicare Part B and took questions from participants during the webinar.

New Horizon
Loan Program

FAAST New Horizon Loan Program

March 17, 2021

Recording Coming Soon!

Description:  Eric Reed discussed the New Horizon Loan Program, an alternative assistive technology finance program under the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, Section 4 (e)(2)(A). The purpose of this program is to assist individuals with disabilities finance assistive technology at reasonable interest rates. While the NHLP still has requirements for credit and debt to income, they are typically more flexible or lower than traditional banking requirements.



CIL Spotlight - Independent Living Program Presented by Danny Broxson

CIL Spotlight Presentation Series – “Meet Our Staff”

March , 2021 

Recording Coming Soon!

Description:  Welcome to our Presentation Series on “Meet our Staff “!  Do you have questions about What we Do?  Danny Broxson will provide innovative approaches to performing basic tasks that lead to independence, such as budgeting, resume writing, application assistance, and employment readiness. He will answer questions on how the CIL provides assistance to individuals with significant disabilities who are at risk of entering institutions so that the individuals remain in the community, and how CIL assists youth with their transition from High School to Post-Secondary education or  employment.     

CIL Spotlight - FTRI and the Independent Living Programs Presented by Karen Jackson

CIL Spotlight Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI) and the Independent Living (IL) Programs

 March 30, 2021

Recording Coming Soon!

Description: Welcome to our Presentation Series on “Meet our Staff “!  Do you have questions about What we Do? Karen Jackson, our FTRI and IL Specialist, will spotlight the FTRI and IL Programs at the CIL. She will answer your questions on how she can help you with getting an amplified telephone through the FTRI program or if you need a wheelchair, walker or other durable medical equipment.  Our programs and services cover: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties.  If you would like to take advantage of one of our services, we strive to offer everyone in our community the tools to live their life to the fullest.

Exceptional Partners Presenters: Brad Hunt
and Wyn Emery

CIL Presents Exceptional Partners

April 13, 2021

Recording Coming Soon!

Description:   Agency Spotlight with Exceptional Partners. Exceptional Partners provides specialized case management services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Our Presenters,  Brad Hunt and Wyn Emery discussed the services they provide in our community.

April 14, 2021

Description:  Please watch “Rolling with Madrina” episode featuring the Center for Independent Living Youth Transition to Employment Program. Madrina Ciano interviews Carolyn Grawi, Executive Director and Danny Broxson IL Specialist, Volunteer and Youth Coordinator about all things CIL and the Youth Transition Program. Thank you Madrina and Blab TV! 



Emergency Preparedness 2021

April 20, 2021

Recording Coming Soon!

Description: Tips on how to create an emergency kit and get tips on how to be prepared for the upcoming Hurricane season and other emergencies that can arise. We will have examples of what to add to your kit.

Assistive Technology to Promote Independence: JAWS
Presenter: Don Risavy

JAWS Screem Reader to Promote Independence with AT

 April 21, 2021 

Recording Coming Soon!

Description: Don Risavy presented on JAWS.  JAWS is the world’s most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. You will be able to navigate the Internet, write a document, read an email and create presentations. Don discussed:  What is a screen reader? He explained in detail that a screen reader is a software program that enables a blind or visually impaired user to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display.

Author Spotlight with Katie Bannister with herlatest book
"On A Roll

Author Spotlight with Katie Bannister

 April 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Recording Coming Soon!

Description:  Katie Bannister is an accomplished author of several books including self help, children’s stories, and more. She is a person with a disability and will be sharing a bit about her journey of life. 

On A Roll: How It Feels To Be On Wheels is the story of Katie Rodriguez Banister, who became a quadriplegic after an auto accident at the age of 25 years old. Resigned to life in a wheelchair, she thought her life was over but the truth was a new life was just beginning. Through intimate storytelling, Katie shares her personal search for self-acceptance, love, and survival.

Overview of Youth Transition Services Presenter: Danny Broxson

Overview of Youth Transition Services

May 4, 2021

Recording Coming Soon!

Description: Join Danny Broxson, IL Specialist and Youth Transition Coordinator at CIL of Northwest Florida as he presents what Transition Services are and what services are available at CIL of Northwest Florida and how to go about getting the services. All services are free to consumers but paid for by grants and partnerships with Vocational Rehabilitation, Escambia County, and others.

 2020 Sheriff Candidate Forum

Description: Sheriff Candidate Forum with CIL of Northwest Florida 2020