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Expanding Your CIL’s Capacity through Technology and Fees-for-Service

New Community Opportunities Center Presents… A National Webinar & Teleconference

June 10, 2015; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF).

The Marin Center for Independent Living in Northern California has leveraged their expertise with technology to create an exciting new web-based personal assistance program that also generates revenue to pump back into their Independent Living services. If your CIL is interested in developing fee-for-service programs or other entrepreneurial endeavors, join us to learn how you can use technology to expand IL services or develop a program that puts your CIL’s strengths to work for you.

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site (connection) and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate by telephone or webcast. 

Target Audience

  • CIL executive directors, program managers, and staff interested in expanding CIL capacity through technology

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define the concept and benefits of using technology to provide IL services
  • Develop an effective strategy for broadening IL services to include individuals that have not previously used IL services
  • Identify various tactics to remain competitive with private home-health companies while retaining the IL philosophy in service provision
  • Describe, a technology-driven website created by a CIL that matches up an individual with a personal assistant

Meet Your Presenter

Eli Gelardin serves as the executive director of Marin Center for Independent Living (MCIL). Mr. Gelardin has more than a decade of experience working in disability services and advocacy. During his leadership at MCIL, the small grassroots organization has grown to an annual budget of approximately $900,000 with 11 staff members and serves more than 800 individuals with disabilities each year. In 2013, MCIL was recognized as a California Center of Excellence by its peers.

Mr. Gelardin also serves as the co-creator of, an innovative web application that blends the high tech capacity of an online personal care registry with the high touch services of local nonprofit community-based organizations. was recently featured as a model for homecare innovation at the National Home and Community Based Services Conference in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Gelardin translates his personal experience as an individual with a disability into his professional roles. He currently serves as the Chair of the California State Independent Living Council (CA SILC), Chief Financial Officer of the Mission San Rafael Rotary Foundation and a board member of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and the World Institute on Disability (WID).

Mr. Gelardin lives in the Bay Area with his wife, Christina, and their two children. They are a multigenerational disabled and proud family.

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