About Centers for Independent Living
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) empower persons with disabilities to take control of their lives and guide their own destinies. CILs serve persons with all types of disabilities in all age groups; from children to seniors. In addition, CIL staff, boards, and consumers work together to remove barriers and prejudices in society so that all individuals can live and work and enjoy all that their communities have to offer. At a minimum, fifty-one percent of the staff and boards of CILs are persons with disabilities, which means that they play significant roles in the decision-making responsibilities of the Centers.
The CILs are federally mandated under Section 725 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act as amended in 1998. They are funded with Federal and State dollars, and through local community grants and private donations. CILs are represented through the Connecticut Association of Centers for Independent Living (CACIL) as an advocacy and support organization.