ILRU Directory of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Associations

Note: The ILRU Directory of Centers for Independent Living, State Associations, and Statewide Independent Living Councils is maintained by ILRU based on voluntary reports from CILs, state associations, and SILCs. From time-to-time ILRU supplements self-reported information with surveys of these organizations.

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Definition of a Center for Independent Living from Section 702 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended:

CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING ‑ The term "center for independent living" means a consumer‑controlled, community‑based, cross‑disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living services.

A Center for Independent Living (CIL):

At a minimum, 51% of staff are persons with disabilities and 51% of Board of Directors are persons with significant disabilities. A CIL provides, at a minimum, the following core services:

  1. Information & referral
  2. Independent living skills training
  3. Individual and systems advocacy
  4. Peer counseling
  5. Transition assistance from nursing homes and other institutions to community-based residences
  6. Assisting individuals to avoid institutional placement
  7. Transition of youth with significant disabilities after completion of secondary education to postsecondary life.

Alphabetic List of States and Territories