What are CILs

What is a Center for Independent Living?

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are non-residential, 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporations. They are consumer-controlled, community-based organizations that provide programs and services for people with all types of disabilities and their families. The goal of CILs is to promote and support opportunities for people with disabilities to fully participate in an integrated community and search for the possibilities to live as they choose.

Because peer support is an integral part of Independent Living the majority of the staff and board of directors of every CIL are people with disabilities.

The core services of all CILs are

  • Advocacy
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Information and Referral
  • Peer Support
  • Transition Services

Centers for Independent Living also serve as a strong advocacy voice on a wide range of national, state and local issues. They work to assure physical and programmatic access to housing, employment, transportation, communities, recreational facilities, and health and social services. These are just a few of the services offered. Many CILs have a wide range of programs and services that they can offer.

There are more than four hundred Centers for Independent Living (CILs) or branch offices in the United States.

The CILs in Arizona are:

ABIL -Arizona Bridge to Independent Living
5025 East Washington Street
Phoenix , AZ 85034
(602) 256-2245

ASSIST! to Independence
P.O. Box 4133
Tuba City, AZ 86045
928-283-6267 (TTY)

DIRECT Center for Independence, Inc.
1023 N. Tyndall
Tucson, AZ 85719

New Horizons Independent Living Center
8085 East Manley Dr.
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
928-772-1266 (V/TTY)

S.M.I.L.E. – Services Maximizing Independent Living Empowerment
1929 S. Arizona Ave, Suite 12,
Yuma, AZ 85364
928-782-7458 (TDD)