Support and Resources

SCIL Support Groups

BRAIN INJURY

More than just a bump on the head! Though not always visible and sometimes seemingly minor, a head injury is complex. It can cause physical, cognitive, social, behavioral, and vocational changes. In many cases recovery becomes a lifelong process of adjustments and accommodations for the injured person and the family.
Join our support group and receive valuable information on how you and your family can cope. Caregivers are also encouraged to attend. 
Facilitator: Tim Connors,  Program Coordiinator
Meeting Times: 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-7pm
Location: Suncoast Center for Independent Living
Contact Info:Tim@scil4u.org or call (941) 351-9545, Ext. 106

ACQUIRED DISABILITY 

At any stage in our lives we may acquire a disability or medical condition.  This support group is designed to assist individuals to understand and manage their disabilities, to enhance self-esteem, and to realize how to maximize the use of community resources.
Facilitator: James Duncan, Peer Mentor
Meeting Times: Every Friday from 11am- 12pm
Location: Suncoast Center for Independent Living
Contact Info: Peermentor@scil4u.org or call (941) 351-9545, Ext. 105

HELPER’S AND ACHIEVERS TRANSITION YOUTH

H.A.T. is a youth led group that includes individuals with a disability ranging from 14 to 24 years old. H.A.T. seeks to empower youth to openly choose and discuss topics they feel are relevant to them and their independent living goals.
Facilitator: Jill Hinds, Independent Living Coordinator
Meeting Times: Weekly on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm
Location: Suncoast Center for Independent Living
Contact Info: Ilcoordinator@scil4u.org or call (941) 351-9545, Ext. 111

CAREER CLUB

The Career Club is designed to assist and teach individuals with disabilities from the age of 25 and over career skills to obtain and sustain a job in the community. Consumers will gain career knowledge from local guest speakers and community businesses. The club will focus on computer skills and internet tools to locate and retain a career in the community. 
Facilitator: James Duncan, Peer Mentor
Meeting Times: TBA, seating is limited
Location: Suncoast Center for Independent Living
Contact Info: peermentor@scil4u.org or call (941) 351-9545, Ext. 110

Services

Career Development

To assist and prepare individuals for employment and volunteer opportunities within the community.
  • Creating a resume
  • Interviewing skills
  • Provides job coaching
  • Employment assessments

 

Emergency Preparedness Planning

SCIL can assist you in preparing for an emergency by helping you construct an individualized “Emergency Preparedness Plan”. Your plan will include emergency contacts, important medical information, evacuation plans, a supply kit checklist, emergency exit procedures, and much more

 

 

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