Core Services of the Centers for Independent Living
Information & Referral
The CILs are a clearinghouse of information for consumers, family members and others.
Independent Living Skills
The CILs assist consumers with skill development in areas such as money management, goal setting, accessing transportation, housing search, finding and using assistive technology, employment readiness, self-sufficiency and social skills.
Peer Mentoring & Networking
The CILs offer peer support and mentoring in group and one-on-one settings and for individuals that share like disabilities to support each other.
The CILs assist consumers in areas of individual and system advocacy skills. The Centers also educate consumers and the community regarding roles and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing, IDEA and other relevant disability legislation.
* Youth transition
The CILs assist young people with disabilities to transition from school to higher education and employment.
*Nursing Facility Transition
The CILs assist individuals living in nursing facilities to transition back home to the community. Currently CT CILs are part of the State’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) project. CT’s CILs have assisted hundreds of individuals to transition out of costly institutions back to community living.
More Services Offered by CILs
Each CIL also offers unique services tailored to the needs of its community, including but not limited to: home modifications, ramps, adaptive equipment loans and repair, computer skills training, recreational activities and community events.
Other CIL initiatives include:
- Accessibility Services Such as Home Modifications & Ramps
- Community Education on Accessibility
- Nursing Home Diversion
- Pre-employment Services
- Employment Services
- Recreational Activities
- Support Groups
- Loan Closets of Durable Medical Equipment
- HIV & AIDS Housing and Supportive Services
- Deaf Services
- Veteran’s Services