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Education, Empowerment, and Equality for People with Disabilities

What is Independent Living?

•  A Program

•  A Movement

•  A Culture


Independent Living Centers are 501(c)3, non-for 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


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


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