Arizona’s Network of CILs

Arizona’s Network of Centers for Independent Living

Providing empowering programs for people with disabilities for over 30 years.

Creating communities where dignity, equality, access, empowerment and choice exist for all persons with disabilities.

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About Us

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.

ASSIST! to Independence
PO Box 4133
Tuba City, AZ. 86045

New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center
8085 E. Manley Drive
Prescott Valley, AZ. 86334

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL)
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

Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council (AZSILC)
5025 E. Washington Suite 214
Phoenix, AZ. 85034

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.

• 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.

• 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:

  • Employment

  • 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

  • Transportation

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. You can download the full brochure in Text or PDF