Centers for Independent Living
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are agencies where people with disabilities learn empowerment and develop the skills necessary to make lifestyle choices. Centers provide services and advocacy to promote the leadership, independence, and productivity of people with disabilities. Centers work with both individuals and with the local communities to remove barriers to independence and ensure equality of people with disabilities.
CILs are non-profit organizations that are funded by state, federal, local and private dollars. Core services to individuals, provided by all Centers, include Information and Referral, Peer Counseling, Independent Living Skills Training and Individual and Advocacy.
There are eighteen (18) individual CILs throughout the Commonwealth serving all 67 counties. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the federal law which first authorized independent living centers and programs. The law entitles individuals with disabilities to vocational rehabilitation and independent living services. This law also prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by various entities including the federal government, recipients of federal financial assistance and federal contractors.