The purpose of this site is to provide the general public with some information that will lead to a clearer understanding of what a Center for Independent Living (CIL) (generally known as an Independent Living Center ILC) is. The most common misunderstanding is that a CIL is some kind of residential facility.
Centers for Independent Living (CIL's) are typically non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities.
There are nearly 500 CIL's in the USA. Many are state supported. Their goal is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential within their families and communities.
Also, Centers for Independent Living serve as a strong advocacy voice on a wide range of national, state and local issues. They work to assure physical and programmatic access to housing, employment, transportation, communities, recreational facilities, and health and social services.
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