Orientation to Independent Living for New CIL Personnel

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Online Course

About the Training

This online course is designed to give new employees and board members a solid understanding of the principles and philosophy of independent living.

Student Orientation

April 25 & 26

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Target Audience

New CIL staff, as well as board members.

Course Objectives

Upon completion, you will have learned 1) the history of independent living, consumer control, cross-disability issues, equal access, peer relationships, and self advocacy; 2) the implication of the federal standards and indicators (the Rehab Act and regulations) on the philosophy.


Participants will read assignments in the online course manual, complete exercises assigned by the instructor, and interact daily with the instructor and other students in an online discussion forum. Participants can access the course Web site at any time of the day or night. This can be done from any computer with an Internet connection. Participants should plan on spending 1-2 hours each day reading assignments, completing course work and participating in the discussion.


Patricia Yeager has spent her entire 35 year career in services and advocacy to improve the lives and communities of people with disabilities.  Losing a portion of her hearing at the age of two, she went on to receive her MS in Vocational Rehabilitation from West Virginia University and her Ph.D., in Rehabilitation Administration from University of Northern Colorado. She has worked on disability issues in higher education, municipal government and through Independent Living Centers in Denver, Houston, San Diego and as director of the California Foundation for Independent Living. Currently, she is the CEO of The Independence Center in Colorado Springs. She also oversees a Home Health/Home and Community Based Services program as well as developing a center that sells high and low technology for independence. She has served as a SILC coordinator as well as a SILC member.

Judy Neal has nearly twenty years of Independent Living experience encompassing all aspects of the IL program. After acquiring a disability, she jumped into this unknown territory as the Program Director at the Memphis Center for Independent Living. Since that time, she has worked at three Colorado CILs and served as the Colorado DSU representative for Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Judy has been both a SILC member and a SILC Coordinator. She has participated on both sides of RSA compliance reviews. Judy is currently providing writing, training, and technical support for SILCs, CILs, and other disability organizations.

Additional Information on Taking an Online Course

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