Become Job Ready.

Register NOW for The Center for Disability Empowerment’s Job Readiness Skill Building workshop! You will gain helpful insights and work on the tools that will help you get that next job. This workshop is free, but you must register. The workshop takes place Thursday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Center for Disability Empowerment 4th Floor conference room., 510 East North Broadway, Columbus, OH 43214. On the COTA bus routes #4 and #32. Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/employment-readiness…

For more info: E-mail Ann Heilbrunn, Employment Specialist, at aheilbrunn@disabilityempowerment.net or call: (614) 561-6530.

The Center for Disability Empowerment is partnering with the GAP Inc. to recruit new employees for its Groveport Distribution Center at 6001 Greenpointe Dr. South, Groveport, Ohio 43215. CDE will provide training and support. Contact Ann Heilbrunn, CDE Employment Specialist, 614-575-8055 or at aheilbrunn@disabilityempowerment.net


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For Immediate Release
August 2, 2021 

Ramp, home modification funds for people with paralysis-based disabilities still available – apply now

The Center for Disability Empowerment (CDE) still has Emergency and Disaster Preparedness funding in collaboration with The Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC), to construct ramps and home modifications for people with paralysis. People are encouraged to apply today for the funds. 

The Emergency Home Modification Program (EHMP) provides home modifications at no cost to eligible individuals. The Center for Disability Empowerment was awarded a grant and coordinates the EHMP activities. Applications for ramps and other qualifying home modifications are currently being accepted. Applicants must live in Franklin, Delaware, Licking or Union counties and their disability must stem from a paralysis of the body. 

Qualifying disabilities include stroke, spinal cord injury, MS, cerebral palsy, or any central nervous system injury resulting in difficulty or inability to move the upper or lower extremities. Homeowners as well as renters are eligible for the funds as long as the property landlord agrees to all modifications needed. 

Home modifications that are allowed through the grant include safety factors such as grab bars in a shower or a handrail on an exterior step for easy exit during an emergency. Individuals are encouraged to apply quickly for the funds due to high amount of need for such modifications. Individuals applying for the EHMP grants should contact: Rich Wagner, at the The Center for Disability Empowerment, 510 E. North Broadway, Columbus, OH 43214. Phone: 614-575-8055. E-mail: rwagner@disabilityempowerment.net. 

The Center for Disability Empowerment is a community-based, non-residential center that is driven by the choice and direction of people with disabilities. CDE serves individuals of any age, with any disability, who are residents of Franklin, Delaware, Licking and Union counties. CDE was established in 2013. ##### Media 

Contact: Shari L. Veleba
I & R Coordinator/Community Connector
Phone: (614) 477-1454 cell/text 

See links for application and more information.

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We’re here to help

If you’re a person with a disability who lives in Franklin or Delaware County Ohio, the Center for Disability Empowerment (CDE) can help you find resources to live, learn, worship, work and play alongside people who do not have disabilities.

Our community-based, non-residential center is under your direction and guided by your choices. We will help you create an Independent Living Plan (ILP) with the steps and resources you need to reach your goals, whether they’re big or small. Here are a few examples:

  • Learn skills, such as how write a letter, interview for a job, manage money, or apply for benefits
  • Find services, such as transportation options, healthy resources, or personal care assistance
  • Defend your rights, by gaining access, speaking up, or working for broader change

CDE’s assistance is completely free for people with disabilities of any age.

Ready to get started? Click on one of the top tabs to learn more, or get in touch. We will be happy to hear from you!

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From Disability Rights Ohio:

Because of the pandemic, healthcare providers may make changes to the way patients receive care. However, patients with disabilities cannot be denied treatment because of their disability.

Use these Factsheets to learn more about your Healthcare Rights during COVID-19:

Healthcare Rights: https://bit.ly/3kPhZI2

Hospital Visitation: https://bit.ly/34ccTzB

COVID-19 Resource Center:

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