• 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

NCIL Path to Empowerment for Consumers with SCI Grants

NCIL is excited to announce that we have received a grant through the Craig Neilsen Foundation! NCIL is seeking five (5) to ten (10) Centers for Independent Living (CILs) that are interested in providing programs to enhance the quality of life for people with SCI.

NCIL will provide funding ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 to CILs interested in providing Independent Living, Employment, Assistive Technology or Sports & Recreation programs. Examples include: Independent Living – one-to-one or group IL skills training; one-to-one visits to people with SCI in rehab facilities; one-to-one assistance to individuals wanting to leave nursing homes for more independent living arrangements; Employment – assistance with resume and interview preparation, applying for jobs and learning how to handle disability issues or concerns during the interviewing, hiring and employment process; Assistive technology – assisting consumers in identifying and acquiring necessary technology to enhance independence and quality of life; and Sports & Recreation – programs that teach wheelchair sports, provide fitness, wellness and nutrition opportunities and exercise classes for people with SCI.

Read this story and more at AdvocacyMonitor.com.

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...]