• 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

Call for Workshop Proposals: 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living

Resistance through Action - 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living. Graphic features an arrow striking a heart over the letters "IL" and a target that replaces the "o" in "Mobilize"NCIL’s 2018 Annual Conference theme is Mobilize: Resistance through Action. For over a year now, members of Congress and aggressive ideologues have tried their hardest to strip people with disabilities of their health and liberty. We have met these challenges head-on and will continue to do so. Some battles have been won, others lost. The goal of this year’s Annual Conference is to improve our strategy and cohesion. We are powerful, but we must share our resources, strategize, and train new advocates if we want to succeed in our efforts to protect our programs and secure the independence of people with disabilities. Read more.

Project Spotlight

V - Visitability LogoMany advocates have grown accustomed to using the Concrete Change website over the years for news, information, and other resources on visitability.

In 2016, NCIL learned from Eleanor Smith, founder of Concrete Change, that their website would soon be removed from the internet. We worked with Eleanor Smith to preserve the decades of visitability resources she and Concrete Change developed. NCIL revamped www.visitability.org and transferred to it to NCIL’s servers to preserve these important resources.  [Read more…]