What is a Center for Independent Living?

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are not-for-profit, non-residential organizations that empower individuals with disabilities by sharing the tools needed to take control of one’s own life.  CILs also promote equal opportunities and access by breaking down barriers and prejudices within communities.  Most of our Board of Directors and staff members are individuals with disabilities who are role models and strong advocates for disability rights and independent living.

Centers for Independent Living were created by the Rehabilitation Act of 1979. There are almost 500 Centers nationwide. They operate a wide variety of programs to address local concerns and priorities. But every Center promotes the Independent Living philosophy and core values discussed above.

Every Center for Independent Living has four core services that they must provide. These are advocacy, peer support, information and referral, and independent living skills training. For more information on these four core services and all the other services LIFE Center provides, visit the Services section of this website.

We serve people of all ages and all kinds of disabilities and their families and friends who reside in DeWitt, Ford, Livingston and McLean Counties.  Services are available regardless of type of disability, sex, gender identity, income, ethnicity, or citizenship status.


Need to find a Center for Independent Living in another area?

There are 22 Centers for Independent Living in the State of Illinois and approximately 500 Centers in the United States.  Please click on the state or region you would like Center information for and the contact information will be provided.


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