What is Independent Living?


  • a program 

  • a movement 

  • a culture

Independent Living Centers are 501(c)3, non-profit organizations.

The Independent Living Program

Centers for Independent Living are community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organizations that are designed and operated by people with disabilities. CILs are unique in that they operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization. Centers for Independent Living Provide:

  • Peer Support

  • Information and Referral

  • Individual and Systems Advocacy

  • Independent Living Skills Training

  • Youth Transitional Services

  • Adult Transitional Services

America is home to:

  • 403 Centers for Independent Living (CILs)

  • 330 branch offices

  • 56 Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs)

The Independent Living Movement

The Independent Living Philosophy & Culture

To Complete the Independent Living History and Philosophy Tutorial, Click HERE


New York Association on Independent Living map


Albany Center

Capital District Center for Independence, 1716 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12205

Albany/Schenectady Center - Satellite

Office of Disability Services, 105 Jay Street, Room 2, City Hall, Schenectady, NY 12302

Binghamton Center

Southern Tier Independence Center, 135 East Frederick Street, Binghamton, NY 13904

Bronx Center

Bronx Independent Living Services, Inc., 4419 Third Avenue, Suite 2C, Bronx, NY 10457, Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled

27 Smith Street, Suite 200, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Buffalo Centers

Western New York Independent, Inc., 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

Buffalo/Batavia Center - Satellite

Independent Living of Genesee Region, 113 Main Street, Suite 5, Batavia, NY 14020

Buffalo/Niagara Falls Center - Satellite

Independent Living of Niagara County, 746 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14301

Corning Centers

AIM Independent Living Center, 271 East First Street, Corning, NY 14830

Corning/Elmira Center- Satellite

AIM Chemung Independent Living Center & Transition Academy, 650 Baldwin Street, Elmira, New York 14901

Corning/Bath Center - Satellite

AIM - Outreach Office, 117 East Steuben Street, Bath, NY 14810

Corning/Belmont Center - Satellite

AIM - Outreach Office, 84 Schuyler Street, Belmont, NY 14813

Corning/Hornell Center - Satellite

AIM - Outreach Office, 370 Sawyer Street Building 3, Hornell, NY 14843

Cortland Center

Access to Independence of Cortland County, 26 North Main Street, Cortland, New York 13045

Glens Falls Centers

Southern Adirondack Independent Living, 71 Glenwood Avenue, Queensbury, NY 12804

Glens Falls/Saratoga Center - Satellite

Southern Adirondack Independent Living, Country Club Plaza, 418 Geyser Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Harlem Center

Harlem Independent Living Center, 289 St. Nicholas Avenue, Suite 21 Lower Level, New York, NY 10027

Ithaca Center

Finger Lakes Independence Center, 215 Fifth Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

Jamestown Center

Southwestern Independent Living Center, Inc., 843 North Main Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

Kingston Center

Resource Center for Accessible Living, Inc., 727 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

Long Island Center

Long Island Center for Independent Living, Inc., 3601 Hempstead Turnpike, Suite 208, Levittown, NY 11756

Manhattan Center

Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, 841 Broadway, Suite 301, New York, NY 10003

Manhattan/Queens Center - Satellite

Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, Queens, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road #107, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Massena Center

Maximizing Independent Living Choices, 156 Center Street, Massena, NY 13662

Monticello Centers

Action Toward Independence, Inc., 309 East Broadway, Suite A, Monticello, NY 12701

Monticello/Middletown Center - Satellite

Action Toward Independence, Inc., 126 Seward Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940

Newburgh Centers

Independent Living, Inc., 5 Washington Terrace, Newburgh, NY 12550

Newburgh/Middletown Center - Satellite

Independent Living, Inc., 66 Bennett Street, Middletown, NY 10940

Newburgh/Monticello Center - Satellite

Independent Living, Inc., 10 Prince Street, Suite 12, Monticello, NY 12701

Oneonta Center

Catskill Center for Independence, P.O. Box 1247, Oneonta, NY 13820

Olean Center

Directions in Independent Living, 512 West State Street, Olean, NY 14760

Plattsburgh Center

North Country Center for Independence, 80 Sharron Avenue, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Poughkeepsie Center

Taconic Resources for Independence, 82 Washington Street, Suite 214, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Rochester Centers

Regional Center for Independent Living, Center for Disability Rights, 497 State Street, Rochester, NY 14608

Rochester/Geneva Center - Satellite

Center for Disability Rights, Inc., 34 Castle Street, Geneva, NY 14456

Rochester/Corning Center - Satellite

23 West Market Street, Suite 103, Corning, NY 14830

Rockland Center

BRiDGES, 873 Route 45, Suite 108, New City, NY 10956

Saranac Lake Center

Tri Lakes Center for Independent Living, 43 Broadway, Suite 1, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Staten Island Center

Staten Island Center for Independent Living, 470 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301

Suffolk Center Suffolk Center

Suffolk Independent Living Organization, 755 Waverly Avenue, Holtsville, New York 11742

Syracuse Centers

ARISE, 635 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203

Syracuse/Auburn Center - Satellite

75 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021

Syracuse/Madison County Center - Satellite

131 Main Street, Suite 107, Oneida, NY 13421

Syracuse/Oswego Center - Satellite

9 Fourth Avenue, Oswego, New York 13126

Syracuse/Pulaski Center - Satellite

2 Broad Street, Pulaski, New York 13412

Troy Centers

Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, 15-17 Third Street, Troy, NY 12180

Troy/Hudson Center Satellite

802 Columbia Street, Hudson, New York 12534

Utica Centers

Resource Center for Independent Living, 409 Columbia Street, Utica, NY 13503

Utica/Genesee St. Center - Satellite

Resource Center for Independent Living, 1607 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501

Utica/Amsterdam Center - Satellite

Resource Center for Independent Living, 347 West Main Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010

Utica/Herkimer Center - Satellite

Resource Center for Independent Living, 401 East German Street, Herkimer, NY 13350

Watertown Centers

Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, 210 Court Street, Suite 107, Watertown, NY 13601

Watertown/Lowville Center - Satellite

Northern Regional Center for Independent Living, 7632 North State Street, Lowville, NY 13367

White Plains Centers

Westchester Independent Living Center, 10 County Center Road, 2nd Floor, White Plains, NY 10607

White Plains/Putnam Center - Satellite

Putnam Independent Living Services, 1441 Route 22, Suite 204, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Brewster, NY 10509

Yonkers Center

Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc., 984 North Broadway, Suite LL 10, Yonkers, NY 10701