Centers for Independent Living – The Facts

National Council on Independent Living

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL partners with many civil rights and disability rights organizations, and represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States. There are more than 700 organizations providing independent living services.

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are grassroots, advocacy-driven organizations run by and for people with disabilities. CILs envision a society in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully. In order to accomplish this vision, CILs support consumers moving out of nursing homes and into the community, and advocate for individuals facing discrimination in employment, education, housing, transportation, and healthcare to ensure equal opportunity for Americans with disabilities.

Centers for Independent Living Perform

According to data collected by the Rehabilitation Services Administration, during Fiscal Years 2008-2010, Centers for Independent Living:

  • Provided the core services of advocacy, information and referral, peer support, and independent living skills training to over 3.7 million individuals with disabilities.
  • Attracted over $910 million through private, state, local, and other sources, and;
  • Moved 10,711 people out of nursing homes and institutions, saving states and the Federal government nearly $194 million, not to mention improving people’s quality of life. In that same period, Centers provided other services to over 764,000 individuals with disabilities in their respective communities that included:
  • Housing, Home Modification and Shelter services to nearly 135,000 people in securing accessible, affordable, and integrated housing;
  • Assistance with Assistive Technology for 129,000 people with disabilities;
  • Vocational and employment services to 87,000 people with disabilities;
  • Transportation services to over 79,000 people with disabilities;
  • Services to over 43,000 youth with disabilities

Investing in Centers for Independent Living Makes Sense

In 2010, with the $80 million 334 Centers received in federal funding, they were able to attract an additional $405.7 million through grants, contracts, state funds, and a variety of other creative funding sources. That same year CILs supported 4,507 consumers who relocated from nursing homes, saving states and the Federal government $81.6 million.
CILs more than pay for themselves!