Community Partners

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and People with Disabilities

The goal of RTC/PICL is to create tools that service providers can use to help increase community participation among people with disabilities.The participation of CILs and people with disabilities (also called "consumers") is thus essential to the success of this research.

For the first two years of the Center, the Home Usability Program and Out and About will be refined and tested separately with two CILs:

In the following years, the interventions will be integrated and tested nationally at other CILs.


What Is a CIL?

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are trusted sources of information and advocacy for people with disabilities. They are non-residential resource centers on disability that provide a variety of services, with five core services:

  • Information and referral
  • Independent living skills training
  • Individual and systems advocacy
  • Peer counseling
  • Deinstitutionalization: Transition from nursing homes and other institutions to community-based residences; help with avoiding institutionalization 

To learn more, see our page on Centers for Independent Living.

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