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Portland HeadlightThe Maine Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is dedicated to ensuring that citizens with disabilities have control over their lives and environments with equal access to option, opportunities, and choices, as do all citizens

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National Preparedness Month

"ready" logoEach September, Ready.gov leads the observance of National Preparedness Month, a time to highlight the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies.

The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

Throughout the month, the campaign will focus on several aspects of preparedness for individuals, families, and communities. Visit the National Preparedness Month webpage for materials and more information.


Independent Living OIB-TAC launches national public awareness campaign

senior using digital magnifierTime To Be Bold is a national public service awareness campaign through the Independent Living Older Individuals who are Blind Technical Assistance Center (OIB-TAC) at the National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision. The OIB-TAC and this campaign are funded by the Dept. of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration, which also funds services and training for individuals with visual impairments, including vocational rehabilitation (VR) and the Independent Living Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) programs nationally.

The Time To Be Bold campaign is designed to educate, engage and empower people who are 55+ with low vision to maintain/regain their independence by utilizing the free or low-cost services provided by the RSA-funded OIB programs.

  • Over 3 million Americans 55 and older have difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses.
  • Almost 1 in 10 individuals age 75 or older reports difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses.
  • Each U.S. state and territory offers free or low-cost services to help individuals adjust to vision loss.
  • It is estimated that less than 5% of individuals with vision loss, who are eligible for services seek them each year.
  • It can be challenging to find services, which is one major reason we created this campaign.

Go to timetobebold.org for a list of free or low-cost services in your state that will give you the tools, technology, training, and support you need to live your bold, best life.

Preparedness Training for Community-Based Organizations

From the Administration for Community Living

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a new training called Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) that includes both a web-based, self-guided training, and a downloadable instructor kit that will guide participants on how to identify risks, locate resources, and take preparedness actions.

When community-based organizations (such as AAAs and CILs), are unable to sustain operations during an emergency incident, individuals who rely on them are exponentially impacted. Because of their importance in keeping the community going, OPEN is designed to empower these organizations to better prepare for emergency situations.

The OPEN training provides an overview of the 10 preparedness actions and creates a path forward for organizations to develop their own disaster response plan. Training modules include: mitigating risks, establishing a communications plan, determining essential activities, and more.

Access the web-based, self-guided OPEN training… 

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