ASSIST! to Independence
PO Box 4133
Tuba City, AZ 86045
New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center
9400 E. Valley View Rd.
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
5025 E. Washington St. Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Services Maximizing Independent Living & Empowerment (SMILE)
1931 S. Arizona Ave. Suite 4
Yuma, AZ 85364
DIRECT Center for Independence
1001 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
About Us: Centers for Independent Living
The term Center for Independent Living, (CIL) or Independent Living Center describes a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability,nonresidential, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization
CILs are designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provide an array of independent living services.
At a minimum, 51% of staff and Board of Directors are people who have disabilities. Anyone identifying as having a disability is eligible to receive services from a Center.
CILs Provide Five Core Services:
1.) Information & Referral Connecting people who have disabilities to programs and services that help them live independently.
2.) Independent Living Skills Training Providing one-on-one and group training to assist consumers to live independently.
3.) Transition Services Assisting consumers with moving from nursing homes to less restrictive living arrangements, such as a home or apartment; from youth to adulthood; and from rehabilitation settings to the community.
4.) Peer Support Providing peer mentoring and support to consumers who are learning to live independently, from role models who have been there.
5.) Individual & Systems Advocacy Teaching individuals about self-determination strategies and addressing physical and attitudinal barriers in society.
Arizona’s CILs provide a wide array of other independent living services:
- Work skills education
- Personal assistance services
- Socialization and recreation
- Sports, fitness and health
- Home modifications
- Reintegration from nursing home to the community
- Access to affordable health care and accessible housing