CIF Receives ECF Responsive Grant Award


Evanston Community Foundation (ECF) has awarded Center for Independent Futures (CIF) a 2014-2015 Responsive Grant to develop and pilot a series of Online Ability Awareness Modules focused on optimizing the participation of individuals with disabilities across multiple integrative settings, with special relevance to the workplace. These Modules will help businesses and organizations develop and integrate person-centered language and practices, build community and natural supports, as well as create an organizational culture capitalizing on each individual’s skills, talents and interests in order to maximize everyone’s participation and success. 

CIF will pilot the Ability Awareness Modules with an Evanston business helping them integrate employees with disabilities into their workplace, and also utilize these Modules to engage and support other local businesses in providing integrated employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities across a variety of work settings. Creative Employment Opportunities will collaborate with CIF on Module development and data collection. 

This initiative strongly aligns with the Illinois Employment First Act (IL PA-098-0091) which advocates for competitive employment within integrated settings for individuals with disabilities, and also supports Evanston community initiatives directed at fostering innovative employment models for Evanston’s opportunity youth. Evanston Community Foundation is a longtime and much valued supporter of CIF programs and initiatives.

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