MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Cathy Contarino, Director of IMPACT CIL
Welcome to IMPACT CIL’s website! IMPACT CIL is a Center for Independent Living and has been serving the community since 1985.
As a Center for Independent Living (CIL) we are a non-residential, community based organization, which provides resource and advocacy services to persons with disabilities. CIL's differ from traditional service agencies in many ways, the first being we are staffed and governed primarily by persons with disabilities. This brings a positive perspective based on personal experience with disability and an understanding of issues and barriers faced, and the potential for success.
Consumer control is also a part of our philosophy. CIL's do not direct our consumers, make decisions for them, or tell them what to do. Instead, we serve as a resource and mentor, empowering consumers with the skill to direct their own lives.
As a CIL we work within our six-county service area to bring about positive change in attitudes and accessibility, creating an open and welcoming environment for all citizens. We feel it is our time to be full participants of our community.
It is our hope that this web-site provides you with an overview of IMPACT CIL as well as a link to learning more about the Independent Living Movement.
We are very excited about the future of IMPACT CIL and look forward to hearing from you soon!!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Stacey Noelle Koenig
Bishop Samuel White