• 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 celebrated 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

New Resource: CILs and Parenting with a Disability

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) can be powerful allies for parents and prospective parents with disabilities and are uniquely suited to participate and lead advocacy efforts and provide appropriate services. NCIL’s Parenting Task Force created a one-page resource to assist CILs in understanding how they can support disabled parents through systems advocacy and other CIL core services.

If you are interested in joining the Parenting Task Force, we are actively recruiting new members! Please contact Kimberly Tissot at ktissot@able-sc.org for more information.

Project Spotlight

Provider Accessibility Initiative

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NCIL is pleased to announce the continuation of the Barrier Removal Fund (BRF) in 2019. NCIL and the Centene Corporation are committed to providing equal access to quality health care and services that are physically and programmatically accessible for our members with disabilities and their companions by increasing the percentage of Centene providers that meet minimum federal and state disability access standards. In 2018, the Barrier Removal Fund provided $470,000 in grants to fund accessibility improvements with 48 providers in Illinois, Texas, and Ohio that impacted over 35,000 Centene members in those states.

Centene, NCIL, and 3 affiliate health plans (Sunshine, Sunflower, and Western Sky) are collaborating to continue the Provider Accessibility Initiative (PAI) in three new states for 2019: Florida, Kansas, and New Mexico. NCIL will coordinate competitive grants to support the removal of physical and programmatic disability access barriers at participating provider group practice/clinic/service locations where state health plan members are seen. We look forward to removing accessing barriers and improving access to care and information regarding providers’ accessibility to members with disabilities and their companions in these states.

Read more about the Provider Accessibility Initiative.