• 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

35th Anniversary Logo: NCIL – National Council on Independent Living. Celebrating 35 Years of Advocacy. Graphic features party candles. In 2017, NCIL celebrates our 35th 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

VICTORY! #Trumpcare Failed!

CONGRATULATIONS! Very early in the morning on Friday, July 30, the Senate voted on the “skinny repeal”. Senators Collins, Murkowski, and McCain voted against the bill, leading to its failure.

This is a HUGE win! And this is a direct result of our advocacy over the last six months. The disability community has led advocacy efforts nationwide, and due to all of our efforts, Trumpcare has failed!

We want to say a great big thank you to all of the NCIL members who have been taking action around the country. All of your calls, emails, and letters made a difference. All of your meetings had an impact. All of your protests, die-ins, and arrests changed the conversation around this issue and made sure the disability community was heard. Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t thank ADAPT, whose chapters have led and collaborated with CILs on some incredibly effective actions around the country. The failure of this bill is a direct result of all of our collective efforts. Opposition nationwide was led by the disability community!

This is not the end of our fight to protect Medicaid. There will be more Medicaid attacks ahead, and because of that, we need Congress to pass the Disability Integration Act (DIA), S. 910 and H.R. 2472. Only by ramping up our efforts can we get Congress to protect people with disabilities from institutionalization. And of course there are other fights ahead, including ADA notification bills in Congress, IL funding, and assisted suicide bills in several states (just to name a few).

But, we should all take a moment to savor this success! We did this. YOU did this. Thank you, and congratulations!

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.  [Read more…]