Introduction to Independent Living History & Philosophy for New CIL Personnel Online Course

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Online Course

About the Training

This online course is designed to give new employees and board members a solid understanding of the principles and philosophy of independent living.

Student Orientation

July 31 & August 1

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Target Audience

New CIL staff as well as board members.

Course Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to: 1) understand and define the elements of the IL philosophy; 2) describe the impact of the federal requirements on day-to-day activities in the center; and 3) apply IL principles and philosophy to real life situations.


The course spans three weeks and uses a website to engage participants in discussion of the content and issues. The instructors are available to lead the forum on the website and for technical assistance throughout the course. Participants are asked to read the assignments, review scenarios that address course content, and engage in the online class message forums. Participants can access the course website at any time of the day or night. This can be done from any computer with an Internet connection. Participants should plan on spending 1-2 hours each day reading assignments, completing course work and participating in the discussion. Students are encouraged to discuss what they're learning periodically with their supervisor or with their board president.