• NCIL Member at the Capitol Welcome to the Independent Living Movement
  • Photo by Regional Center for Independent Living, Rochester, NY
  • Photo by Arizona Bridge to Independent Living – a man with a disability exists the Light Rail
  • Justin Dart Puppet
  • Photo by Arizona Bridge to Independent Living – a welder with a disability
  • Banner – Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere – MLK
  • Bruce Darling and Rahnee Patrick at the 2011 My Medicaid Matters Rally

Welcome to the Independent Living Movement

In 2012, NCIL celebrated our 30th Anniversary. Over the past three decades, we have grown from a handful of advocates and the Centers they represent into a force of thousands of people with disabilities from Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs) in every state and territory of the U.S.

We welcome all people who believe in equality to join the movement to win civil rights and real independence for people with disabilities throughout the world. Use this website to join NCIL and explore all things Independent Living, including current news, training and events nationwide, and NCIL’s extensive national legislative and policy positions.

National Policy

Advocacy Monitor LogoNCIL is proud to offer a national policy platform that advocates for the human and civil rights of all individuals. NCIL members directly determine our public policy priorities through regular survey, and by serving on our legislative and advocacy subcommittees. Read about NCIL’s current policy positions and access official position papers by using the Advocacy Monitor.

Featured News

We Can’t Breathe: The Deaf & Disabled Margin of Police Brutality Project

We Can't Breathe - Hashtag compised of a word cloud featuring the names of victims of police brutalityThe National Council on Independent Living’s Diversity Committee is pleased to announce the release of “We Can’t Breathe: The Deaf & Disabled Margin of Police Brutality Project.” This project includes a video and toolkit that can be utilized for educational training for disability organizations and agencies. The video discusses the narratives of 5 people with disabilities on the margins that have been victimized by police brutality and other forms of systemic violence. The We Can’t Breathe Toolkit was designed to equip disability organizations, agencies, and community members with the tools to process the video and build policies, programming, and advocacy that center intersectional organizing. The project addresses how state violence affects people with disabilities who are also women, people of color, and LGBTQ+. This training intentionally utilizes an intersectional framework to combat the racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia that pervade disability organizations and agencies.

Member Spotlight

Alpha One Logo - Powering Independent LivingSince 1978, Alpha One, a Center for Independent Living, has enabled thousands of people with disabilities to live more fully and more independently in all aspects of their lives. Few agencies in Maine offer Alpha One’s variety and depth of independent living services.

Alpha One is a proud member of member of the National Council on Independent Living. “It is our belief that our strength as an organization is based on the collective principles and ideologies we share with other CILs nationwide. While landscapes may change, the challenges remain constant,” says Dennis Fitzgibbons, Executive Director of Alpha One.  [Read more...]