The Center for Independent Living of North Central Pennsylvania (CILNCP) has been providing community-based services for people with disabilities for over 25 years. We provide Short-Term Supports & Services to our surrounding eight counties and NCQA Accredited Long-Term Supports & Services Care Management to 26 counties in North Central PA. As a Center for Independent Living, service delivery is consistent with the Independent Living philosophy as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This federal mandate includes promoting consumer control and equal access of individuals with disabilities to society and to all services, programs, activities, resources and facilities, whether public or private. Above all, the Independent Living (IL) philosophy according to Wikipedia, “postulates that people with disabilities are the best experts on their needs, and therefore they must take the initiative, individually and collectively, in designing and promoting better solutions and must organize themselves for political power.” As a result of the IL movement and intense organizing, came the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, which further defined equal access for people with disabilities to include several areas, such as: employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government programs and services. Consistent with these federal mandates and its mission to improve access, inclusion & independence for people with disabilities in the community; the CILNCP applauds North Central PA ADAPT and members of Williamsport’s disability community for their civil rights demonstration held on January 3, 2020 at the Williamsport Inaugural Ceremony as well as their demonstration at City Council on January 23, 2020. These demonstrations are the culmination of three years of advocacy efforts which yielded no results of improved and integrated access made by the City of Williamsport. CILNCP staff, North Central PA ADAPT, and Williamsport Citizens attended numerous Public Works, Finance, and City Council meetings regularly to educate and advocate for equal access to all city programs, services, and activities including access to City Hall. During this time, City officials promised to move meetings to an accessible location yet haven’t; and neglected much needed elevator upgrades as well. With no grievance process or resolution offered by the City of Williamsport, the disability community has been forced to obtain legal-council and involve the U.S. Department of Justice. Still, no remedial action has been taken by the City of Williamsport. It’s not surprising our disability community is fed up and taking necessary action to enforce their civil rights under the ADA! That’s what North Central PA ADAPT did. They took action! As a local chapter of the national grassroots ADAPT community; they organized disability rights activists to engage in peaceful, nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom. Since 1983, ADAPT has taken action to improve accessibility. Most notably was their action and accessibility improvements in transportation. For nearly 40 years, ADAPT and many CILs have fought for the right to community with a vision of a place where all people can live, move, and participate in the ways that recognize and support their individual dignity and freedom. ADAPT advocates for integration into all aspects of society, where every member of the community experiences a myriad of opportunities, not a multitude of barriers. A vital aspect of advocacy is to make sure your voice and the faceless voices of those locked away in segregated, unnecessary institutions are also heard! Communities that take pride in their accessibility for all, understand the importance of including and consulting the disabled community on matters that impact them. Disability advocacy is a non-partisan subject. Our elected leaders, especially on the local level, need to be cognizant of the disability community they serve. We are not invisible citizens within our community. The CILNCP invites you to join our 30-year fight for accessibility; in solidarity with North Central PA ADAPT, the Citizens of Williamsport and anyone else working on improving access for people with disabilities in the City of Williamsport and all communities. Be heard, take action and make change in 2020! Refuse to sit idly by while another 30 years go without action. Together we can make 2020 look more like Ed Roberts, Justin Dart, Wade Blank, Judy Heumann and other disability advocates envisioned. Let's do this with the same intensity as our elder advocacy leaders did without the backing of these laws. We can't afford to wait any longer. Lives are at stake! Onward, Misty Dion, CEO
The Center for Independent Living of North Central Pennsylvania (CILNCP) has been providing community-based services for people with disabilities for over 25 years. We provide Short-Term Supports & Services to our surrounding eight counties and NCQA Accredited Long-Term Supports & Services Care Management to 26 counties in North Central PA. As a Center for Independent Living, service delivery is consistent with the Independent Living philosophy as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This federal mandate includes promoting consumer control and equal access of individuals with disabilities to society and to all services, programs, activities, resources and facilities, whether public or private. Above all, the Independent Living (IL) philosophy according to Wikipedia, “postulates that people with disabilities are the best experts on their needs, and therefore they must take the initiative, individually and collectively, in designing and promoting better solutions and must organize themselves for political power.” As a result of the IL movement and intense organizing, came the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, which further defined equal access for people with disabilities to include several areas, such as: employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government programs and services. Consistent with these federal mandates and its mission to improve access, inclusion & independence for people with disabilities in the community; the CILNCP applauds North Central PA ADAPT and members of Williamsport’s disability community for their civil rights demonstration held on January 3, 2020 at the Williamsport Inaugural Ceremony as well as their demonstration at City Council on January 23, 2020. These demonstrations are the culmination of three years of advocacy efforts which yielded no results of improved and integrated access made by the City of Williamsport. CILNCP staff, North Central PA ADAPT, and Williamsport Citizens attended numerous Public Works, Finance, and City Council meetings regularly to educate and advocate for equal access to all city programs, services, and activities including access to City Hall. During this time, City officials promised to move meetings to an accessible location yet haven’t; and neglected much needed elevator upgrades as well. With no grievance process or resolution offered by the City of Williamsport, the disability community has been forced to obtain legal-council and involve the U.S. Department of Justice. Still, no remedial action has been taken by the City of Williamsport. It’s not surprising our disability community is fed up and taking necessary action to enforce their civil rights under the ADA! That’s what North Central PA ADAPT did. They took action! As a local chapter of the national grassroots ADAPT community; they organized disability rights activists to engage in peaceful, nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom. Since 1983, ADAPT has taken action to improve accessibility. Most notably was their action and accessibility improvements in transportation. For nearly 40 years, ADAPT and many CILs have fought for the right to community with a vision of a place where all people can live, move, and participate in the ways that recognize and support their individual dignity and freedom. ADAPT advocates for integration into all aspects of society, where every member of the community experiences a myriad of opportunities, not a multitude of barriers. A vital aspect of advocacy is to make sure your voice and the faceless voices of those locked away in segregated, unnecessary institutions are also heard! Communities that take pride in their accessibility for all, understand the importance of including and consulting the disabled community on matters that impact them. Disability advocacy is a non-partisan subject. Our elected leaders, especially on the local level, need to be cognizant of the disability community they serve. We are not invisible citizens within our community. The CILNCP invites you to join our 30-year fight for accessibility; in solidarity with North Central PA ADAPT, the Citizens of Williamsport and anyone else working on improving access for people with disabilities in the City of Williamsport and all communities. Be heard, take action and make change in 2020! Refuse to sit idly by while another 30 years go without action. Together we can make 2020 look more like Ed Roberts, Justin Dart, Wade Blank, Judy Heumann and other disability advocates envisioned. Let's do this with the same intensity as our elder advocacy leaders did without the backing of these laws. We can't afford to wait any longer. Lives are at stake! Onward, Misty Dion, CEO
The Center for Independent Living of North Central Pennsylvania (CILNCP) has been providing community-based services for people with disabilities for over 25 years. We provide Short-Term Supports & Services to our surrounding eight counties and NCQA Accredited Long-Term Supports & Services Care Management to 26 counties in North Central PA. As a Center for Independent Living, service delivery is consistent with the Independent Living philosophy as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This federal mandate includes promoting consumer control and equal access of individuals with disabilities to society and to all services, programs, activities, resources and facilities, whether public or private. Above all, the Independent Living (IL) philosophy according to Wikipedia, “postulates that people with disabilities are the best experts on their needs, and therefore they must take the initiative, individually and collectively, in designing and promoting better solutions and must organize themselves for political power.” As a result of the IL movement and intense organizing, came the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, which further defined equal access for people with disabilities to include several areas, such as: employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government programs and services. Consistent with these federal mandates and its mission to improve access, inclusion & independence for people with disabilities in the community; the CILNCP applauds North Central PA ADAPT and members of Williamsport’s disability community for their civil rights demonstration held on January 3, 2020 at the Williamsport Inaugural Ceremony as well as their demonstration at City Council on January 23, 2020. These demonstrations are the culmination of three years of advocacy efforts which yielded no results of improved and integrated access made by the City of Williamsport. CILNCP staff, North Central PA ADAPT, and Williamsport Citizens attended numerous Public Works, Finance, and City Council meetings regularly to educate and advocate for equal access to all city programs, services, and activities including access to City Hall. During this time, City officials promised to move meetings to an accessible location yet haven’t; and neglected much needed elevator upgrades as well. With no grievance process or resolution offered by the City of Williamsport, the disability community has been forced to obtain legal-council and involve the U.S. Department of Justice. Still, no remedial action has been taken by the City of Williamsport. It’s not surprising our disability community is fed up and taking necessary action to enforce their civil rights under the ADA! That’s what North Central PA ADAPT did. They took action! As a local chapter of the national grassroots ADAPT community; they organized disability rights activists to engage in peaceful, nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom. Since 1983, ADAPT has taken action to improve accessibility. Most notably was their action and accessibility improvements in transportation. For nearly 40 years, ADAPT and many CILs have fought for the right to community with a vision of a place where all people can live, move, and participate in the ways that recognize and support their individual dignity and freedom. ADAPT advocates for integration into all aspects of society, where every member of the community experiences a myriad of opportunities, not a multitude of barriers. A vital aspect of advocacy is to make sure your voice and the faceless voices of those locked away in segregated, unnecessary institutions are also heard! Communities that take pride in their accessibility for all, understand the importance of including and consulting the disabled community on matters that impact them. Disability advocacy is a non-partisan subject. Our elected leaders, especially on the local level, need to be cognizant of the disability community they serve. We are not invisible citizens within our community. The CILNCP invites you to join our 30-year fight for accessibility; in solidarity with North Central PA ADAPT, the Citizens of Williamsport and anyone else working on improving access for people with disabilities in the City of Williamsport and all communities. Be heard, take action and make change in 2020! Refuse to sit idly by while another 30 years go without action. Together we can make 2020 look more like Ed Roberts, Justin Dart, Wade Blank, Judy Heumann and other disability advocates envisioned. Let's do this with the same intensity as our elder advocacy leaders did without the backing of these laws. We can't afford to wait any longer. Lives are at stake! Onward, Misty Dion, CEO
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Wheelchair Basketball 2020 -

"A business that plays together, stays together!"

Help us continue getting people out of nursing homes and back into the community by attending our 8th annual fundraiser on March 28, 2020 at the Lycoming College Keiper Recreation Center, tip-off is 9am.

Not only is this a fundraiser, but it is also bringing Disability Awareness to the community... YOUR community!

We will be there ALL day with food, raffles, and SO much more!

Sign up for your spot in the WCBB Tournament before it's too late! Register your business or organization by emailing wcbb@cilncp.org - the entry fee is $1,000 PER TEAM for those that dare to go up against our champs from last year (and the year before that) Liberty Resources (also known as the LIBERATORS).

Even if you don't have a team in the tournament, you can still stop by and visit the Craft & Vendor Fair. We had over 40 vendors last year and are hoping to make this even bigger.

Volunteer opportunities are available, please email wcbb@cilncp.org if you would like to help out with this event. Follow the links below for more info.

Craft & Vendor Fair 2020

WCBB Tournament 2020 Facebook Event

GiveGab Nonprofit Fundraising

WCBB 2020 - Team/Sponsor Form

Vendor Registration Form

We can't wait to see you on Saturday, March 28, 2020!

Save the Date - March 28, 2020 - 8th Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

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#1 holiday hack: When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates.

Click the picture for more info... Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Look for us listed as Center for Independent Living of North Central PA.

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