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Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living (FACIL) facilitates collaboration among member Centers for Independent Living and other stakeholders, resulting in a unified statewide voice advocating for equal rights for people with disabilities.

Welcome to the New Executive Director...
Rick Lockenbach
, J.D.

It is with great pleasure that the Board of FACIL,Richard Lockenbach picture Inc. announces the appointment of Rick Lockenbach, J.D., as the new Executive Director. Rick is a Florida-licensed attorney with 33 years of experience in law, disability issues, education and employment, social services, public policy, advocacy, and resource development and management. He received his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law and his B.A. in history from Emory University. Rick began his career as a staff attorney for Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. in Pasco County, Florida, where he had a diverse civil practice in areas including housing, dependency, family, public benefits and consumer law.   He was later employed as a program specialist for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services state office overseeing employment and training of welfare recipients. In that capacity, he was responsible for state policy, bill analysis and drafting, and adult and career and technical education. In subsequent employment, he served as the lobbyist for the Florida Housing Advocates, Inc. and was a housing coordinator for the Tallahassee Housing Foundation, Inc., where his responsibilities included case management, program development, marketing, and fundraising for a transitional housing program for homeless families with children. He was also a principal researcher and coauthor of a Florida publication on strategies for prevention and minimization of disabilities in children. Before coming to FACIL, Rick worked more than 21 years for the Florida Department of Education, where he worked in program support, compliance, and grants management positions in adult education and career and technical education.

In addition, he has served as a board member and in other leadership positions for: the Florida Low Income Housing Coalition, Inc.; numerous local non-profit boards, including a non-profit serving persons with developmental disabilities; the food bank; the homeless coalition; and Lutheran Social Services of North Florida, Inc.  Please join us in welcoming Rick Lockenbach, J.D. as the new Executive Director of FACIL. You may contact him at rick@floridacils.org.

JPPAS Meeting Announcement

All persons are invited to the James Patrick Memorial Work Incentives Personal Attendant Services (JP-PAS) Program Oversight Committee meeting to be held on March 6, 2013 at 10 am via telephone to discuss the status of the program. A copy of the agenda and call in information may be obtained by contacting Cyndi Mundell at (850) 575-6004 or cyndi@floridacils.org. Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the meeting by contacting Cyndi Mundell at (850) 575-6004 or email cyndi@floridacils.org. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771 (TTD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).

FACIL 2014 Quarterly Meeting Dates

May 13th - 14th in Altamonte Springs

August 12th - 13th in Altamonte Springs

November - TBD

Filling Up To Get Easier For Those With Disabilities

The Leon County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance October 29, 2013 that will make it easier for people with disabilities to purchase gas. The ordinance will go into effect in 90 days and requires gas stations in Leon County to display stickers providing a store telephone number on each pump so customers with disabilities can call an attendant for help. Also, stations that are new, remodeled or existing and with 10 or more fueling pumps are required to retrofit at least two with a wireless system that alerts attendants. The ordinance was a triumphant conclusion for disability consultant J.R. Harding, who had been lobbying the commission for the ordinance since November. On Tuesday, he said it was fitting the panel voted in favor of the ordinance in October, which is Disability Employment Awareness Month.“During our month, they actually voted unanimously to support independence, service and dignity at the gas station for folks with disabilities,” Harding said. “I think this is a great step and a step that is going to put Leon County on the map.” Shortly before the vote, Commissioner Bryan Desloge made a successful motion to double the 90-day grace period, which would not make the ordinance active until the end of next year’s legislative session. He was concerned the Legislature would create a similar bill that could diminish any county measures.
Bikers Care Alliance Markets Bikers Care Tag at Biketoberfest 2013
Bikers Care Tag Booth
Thousands of bikers rallied at Biketoberfest 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped the Bikers Care Alliance market the Bikers Care Tag to the masses. We had a great time, and hoping this generates a lot of awareness and sales!

Ability1st Gets Expansion for Equipment Closet - Access to Independence

New Facility

Construction has started on the Access to Independence Project. As you can see from the pictures they are creating the new entrance first before enclosing the carport.

Community support is making this dream a reality for Ability1st and the people living with physical disabilities that are served through this program.We are not at the finish line yet.
Ability1st still needs $10,000 to reach our goal and the project will be paid for!

Please help us spread the word that the need for durable medical equipment for individuals who have limited or no resources or insurance continues to grow. Since January 121 new people have come to Ability1st for one or more pieces of durable medical equipment. These individuals are our neighbors, living in our community and are very limited in their ability to move independently in and around their home as well as in the community without our Access to Independence Program.

Hurricane Guide for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

In a major disaster, emergency workers may not be able to reach everyone right away, and in some cases it may take 3 or more days for help to arrive. What would you do if you had no electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone service? Having a plan for your family and their needs will help ensure their safety and comfort during these difficult times.

Remember, the best way to make your family and home safer is to be prepared before a disaster happens.

Hurricane Guide for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

A Guide to Public Benefits in Your State

Fact sheets with information about benefits programs for older adults with limited incomes and people with disabilities in all 50 states. Find out how to apply for help to pay for your prescription drugs, doctors’ bills, groceries and other basic expenses like home heating and cooling bills.