ILLINOIS CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING
FACT SHEET


What is a Center for Independent Living?


Centers for Independent Living serve people with disabilities. Centers for Independent Living are community-based, not-for-profit, non-residential organizations that serve people of any age with any type of disability. People with disabilities (consumers) control Centers for Independent Living. This control is maintained through various means such as:
  • People with disabilities constitute at least 51% of the Board of Directors.
  • At least 51% of all staff are people with disabilities.
  • Centers for Independent Living provide a wide variety of services to people with disabilities. Many of the services fill gaps left by government and traditional medical models.

    Centers for Independent Living provide:

    ADVOCACY AND ACCESS
    INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS TRAINING
    INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
    PEER COUNSELING


    What Impact do Centers Have in Illinois?
  • Centers for Independent Living have kept people with disabilities out of institutions saving the state hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • Centers for Independent Living have changed the status of many people with disabilities from unemployed to employed.
  • Centers for Independent Living have helped people with disabilities achieve or maintain self-sufficiency and productive lives in their communities.
  • Centers for Independent Living have made communities more physically and attitudinally accessible for people with disabilities.