WCICIL is a Center for Independent Living (CIL). It is a not-for-profit advocacy center funded by state and federal grants to provide services to people with disabilities. The mission of the Center is to promote, increase and improve opportunities for independent living and lifestyle for persons with disabilities within the six-county service area: Adams, Brown, Hancock, McDonough, Pike, and Schuyler. A Board of Directors, of which 51% of the members must have a disability, governs the Center, and an Executive Director manages WCICIL.
The Director is responsible for the direction and management of WCICIL program and service operations consistent with the policies and plans of the Board of Directors. His responsibilities include personnel management, budgeting and fiscal management, public relations, and systems advocacy to promote accessibility and inclusion for all persons with disabilities.
Data & Compliance Coordinator
Amanda is the center’s point-person for consumers as well as the general public, assisting with administrative and day-to-day office functions. She coordinates the Equipment Loan Program, the temporary loaning of assistive devices like manual wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes.
Information & Referral Specialist
Sam assists individuals with disabilities find resources that help them live more independently in the community. Sam is also SHIP certified and works with individuals to access and maintain benefits like Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Benefit Access.
Independent Living & Transitions Advocate
As Transitions Advocate, Ben is responsible for assisting eligible individuals move out of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities back to the community-based living of their choice. Ben also assists individuals to access and maintain home services, as well as provide independent living skills training.
Independent Living & Home Services Advocate
Kelli’s primary focus is on home services and personal assistants recruitment and training. Kelli works closely with individuals with disabilities to access and manage in-home services from personal assistants or home health agencies, and also trains people who are interested in being hired as personal assistants. As an Independent Living Advocate, Kelli also assists with peer counseling and independent living skills training.
Independent Living Advocate
As an Independent Living Advocate, Martina assists individuals achieve their goals to live independently through life skills training, advocacy, information & referral, and peer mentoring. Independent living goal areas include housing, transportation, education, employment, assistive technology, and health care. Martina serves as the primary contact person in WCICIL’s satellite office located in Macomb Illinois.
Program Director & Youth Advocate
Elizabeth is the Center’s Program Director and provides youth advocacy services. This program provides parents of children with disabilities services to ensure that they receive the most appropriate and lease restrictive education possible. Elizabeth attends school conferences to assist parents and students to better understand their options and educational rights, and provides training to assist parents in becoming advocates for their children. She also assists youth with the transition to post-secondary life.