Arizona’s Independent Living Network
Providing Empowering Programs for People with Disabilities for over 30 Years
Creating communities where dignity, equality, access, empowerment and choice exist for all people with disabilities
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 who have disabilities and provide an array of independent living services. At a minimum, 51% of the organization’s employees and Board of Directors must be people who have significant disabilities. Anyone identifying as having a disability is eligible to receive services from a Center.
CILs Provide Five Core Services:
- Information & Referral Connecting people who have disabilities to programs and services that help them live independently.
- Independent Living Skills Training Providing one-on-one and group training to assist consumers to live independently. May include training on how to access public transportation, budgeting, setting goals and others.
- 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.
- Peer Support Providing peer mentoring and support to consumers who are learning to live independently, from role models who have been there.,/li>
- 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
Investing in CILS Saves the State Money. In states where general fund dollars are invested in CILs, it has been reported that for every $1 invested in CILs, $12 is returned to the state. These states have reported as much as $42 million in total taxpayer savings. Arizona’s economy benefits when the independence and economic self-sufficiency of citizens who have disabilities are supported. These benefits include
- Increased fiscal responsibility and decreased dependence on public assistance
- Ability to pay for healthcare
- Increased purchasing power and spending on Arizona’s products and services
- Greater opportunity for employment and increased tax revenue
- Home ownership
- “Independent Living is not doing things by yourself; it is being in control of how things are done.” Judy Heumann
Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to live independently, pursue meaningful careers, contribute to society, make choices enjoy self-determination and enjoy full inclusion and integration in the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of American society.
Snapshot of the impact Arizona’s five CILs have had in the lives of people who have disabilities and on the greater community this past year
Services Provided Individuals Served Advocacy/Legal Services 720 Home Modifications/access to housing 1,373 Information & Referral Services 7,337 Personal Assistance Services 3,301 Employment/Vocational Services 1,468 Transportation Assistance 154 Independent Living Skills Training 361 Peer Support/Mentoring 607 Youth Transition Services 173 Sports, Fitness or Recreation 1,558 Total Number of Individuals Served by Arizona’s Cils 17,052
Source: 2013 American Community Survey (ACS) of the U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates of civilians ages 18 to 64 years living in the community in Arizona by disability (note: does not include those living in institutions).
Arizona Total Population 6,521,226 Persons who have a Disability 801,728 % of Total Population 12 Arizona Total Population Between 18-64 Years 3,900,900 Persons who have a Disability 400,687 % of Total Population Between 18-64 Years 10
Current Funding for Arizona’s Five CILs
Funding levels for FY2014
CIL Federal State Arizona Bridge to Independent Living $479,155 $0 DIRECT Center for Independence $311,901 $0 ASSIST! to Independence $220,303 $0 Services Maximizing Independent Living and Empowerment $238,918 $0 New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center $208,307 $0 Total $2,458,584 $0
You can click here to download a brochure with more information about Arizona’s IL Network. If you have questions, please contact Larry Wanger, Executive Director of the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council at 602-262-2900.