What are CILs?

The term Center for Independent Living, (CIL) or Independent Living Center describes a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. CILs are designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provide an array of independent living services.


The Centers for Independent Living (or CILs) provide the core services of independent living.

Core Services are:
• Information and Referral (Connecting people who have disabilities to programs and services that help them live independently.)
• Individual and Systems Advocacy (Teaching individuals about self-determination strategies and addressing physical and attitudinal barriers in society.)
• Skills Training (Providing one-on-one and group training to assist consumers to live independently.)
• Peer Support (Providing peer mentoring and support to consumers who are learning to live independently, from role models who have been there.)
• Transition (Assisting consumers with moving from nursing homes to less restrictive living arrangements, such as a home or apartment; from youth to adulthood; and from rehabilitation settings to the community.)

Video created by the Georgia Statewide Independent Living Council.

Our Mission

The mission of AZ SILC is to promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change.

Our Committees