Centers for Independent Living, or commonly referred to as CILS, are non-profit, community based non-residential organizations that are run by and for people with disabilities. CILS aren’t places where people live. Instead, they are centers of action and coalition. CILS work toward empowering people to take charge of their own lifestyles. CILS provide services which promote leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of people with individuals. CILS work with individuals as well as with the community to remove barriers to independence.
How are Centers for Independent Living funded?
CILS are non-profit organizations, which are funded by state, federal, local and private dollars.
What is your mission?
Our mission is to maximize the independence of people with disabilities through advocacy, peer support, training, transportation and community education. As an Independent Living Center, we work with people with varying disabilities to live in the environments of their choice, and we offer options, resources and advocacy to help people live fulfilling lives. Our vision is to work together in transforming our communities to be the best places in which people with disabilities can live, learn, and work.
How much do you charge for services?
Most of our services are free. If there is a charge, we use a sliding scale and offer, at times, scholarships.
Do I need a doctor’s letter saying I have a disability to use your services?
No. As an Independent Living Center we listen to you and learn from you what your needs are and how we can help.
How do I tell if I have a disability that qualifies me?
A disability is any physical or mental condition that limits one or more of life’s major activities. This includes individuals whose disability is controlled by medication or is in remission.
Can I donate equipment and supplies to you?
Please call first and let us know what you want to donate and see our Borrow or Donate Equipment page. If we cannot accept your items, we may be able to refer you to someone who is.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes, we are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax-deductible at a value you place on it. If you do make a donation, be sure and get a receipt for tax purpose.
Do you sell wheelchairs or motorized scooters?
No. We do not sell wheelchairs or motorized scooters. However, we may have manual wheelchairs available through our Equipment Loan Program for a small donation; please call for availability.