OPERATING DURING COVID UPDATE
To our valued consumers and partners,
Effective 3/25/20 and until further notice, all staff will be working remotely.
We look forward to assisting you during our standard operating hours of a 9 am – 5 pm, Monday thru Friday. All staff have the ability to access phone messages and emails remotely and will respond to your needs in a timely manner, though you may experience delayed response times. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us:
Phone: (727) 539-7550 – leave a message in our General Mailbox or if you know your party’s extension, dial it and leave a message.
Email: email@example.com – your email will be forwarded to the designated staff member.
Disability Achievement Center thanks you for your flexibility and understanding as we transition through this temporary and unfamiliar period.
We will provide notifications of any updates or changes through our website, social media accounts and center voicemail systems. We appreciate your cooperation as we work to keep everyone safe.
DAC LATEST NEWS!
Partnering with Feeding Florida/Feeding Tampa Bay has given us the ability to provide food to anyone with a disability who is not receiving food from other sources (local food pantries, Meals on Wheels, etc.).
We offer drive up service where staff use PPE per CDC guidelines to load vehicles without having to make contact and also deliver food using the same precautions to anyone who is unable to come to the Center.
Distribution is available once a month by appointment only at no cost to consumers who need it. Please contact your Independent Living Facilitator to schedule your appointment.
Our Center offers PPE bags containing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer & wipes and hygiene kits to anyone with a disability in Pinellas or Pasco Counties at no cost for those who need these items.
These items are provided by appointment only through either drive up services at our Largo location or by delivery for anyone unable to come to the Center.
Please contact your Independent Living Facilitator to schedule your appointment.
Please note due to demand some items may not be available.
Working with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) our Center is able to offer FREE Rides to scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointments at non-drive thru sites.
To qualify for this FREE Ride, you must:
- Be a person with a disability
- Live in Pinellas County
- Not have access to transportation
If you need assistance obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination appointment our staff have the knowledge and resources to help.
Some of our classes have gone virtual!
COME JOIN US ONLINE!!
Virtual Tai Chi Class!
Virtual Independent Living Skills Class!
COME JOIN US…..
Join us for our FREE Independent Living/Life Skills and Social group!
While practicing social distancing young adults are now meeting virtually every Wednesday from 2:00 until 4:30 utilizing the ZOOM platform. Invitation is sent out via e-mail. Disability related topics include current news, American with Disabilities Act, social trending, guest speaker invites and friendly competitive games. Discussion is always encouraged.
If interested, please contact Kim at KimD@mydacil.org and she can hook you up.
Have equipment you would like to donate?
Complete the form below and we will contact you and make arrangements to pick it up!
PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NOT ABLE TO PICKUP POWER CHAIRS OR SCOOTERS AT THIS TIME.
A little about us...
Since 1992, Disability Achievement Center has been serving people of all ages with disabilities in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. We are a consumer driven 501(c)3 not for profit resource center that serves people with all types of disabilities and their families at all stages of life. We are constantly growing, changing and seeking new ways to support your achievement.
We are all about practical, person centered achievement that puts your goals front and center through empowerment.
Respect, Choice, change are our core values. Respect for your goals. Offering all the choices you need to achieve, and change through your goals. It is all waiting for you to act by calling, clicking or coming in to visit the achievement team. We are waiting, where are you?
As a Center for Independent Living, We Offer 5 Core Services:
- Information & Referral
We have the answers to your questions and provide guidance to community resources.
- Independent Living Skills
We offer individual and group training that enables you to live independently.
- Peer Mentoring
We encourage and facilitate sharing knowledge among individuals with similar life experiences.
- Individual Advocacy
We provide Individual Advocacy resources which include assisting persons with understanding the community and state services available and helping individuals determine how to gain access to such services that may be needed to help them gain or maintain community independence.
- Systemic Advocacy
Throughout its history the Center has played an active part in systemic advocacy at the local, state and national levels. It has lead the way on issues as diverse as adaptive accessible technology, education, employment, healthcare, transition, transportation, and voting. Often times, the personal self advocacy of a consumer points the way for systemic advocacy.
- Transition Services
The Center facilitates the transition of people with disabilities from nursing homes, hospitals, and other institutions to home and community based living, as well as the transition of youth with disabilities to higher education, the workforce and/or the community. This includes Diversion services that assist those who are at risk of entering an institutional setting.
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) empower persons with disabilities to take charge of their lives and guide their own destinies, maximizing independence. CIL staff and consumers work together to remove barriers and prejudices in society so that all individuals can live and work and enjoy all that their communities have to offer. Fifty-one percent of the staff and boards of CILs are persons with disabilities; we are who we serve.
The Florida network of 15 Centers for Independent Living serve persons with all types of disabilities. CILs serve all ages from children to seniors. Every Florida county is served by this network, both urban and rural areas.
CILs are federally mandated under Section 725 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act as amended in 1998. They are funded with Federal Department of Health & Human Services, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, grants and private donations. CILs are represented through the Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living (FACIL) as an advocacy and support organization.