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Centers for Independent Living


Centers for Independent Living (CILs) were federally established in 1973 under the Rehabilitation Act. They are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agencies that are designed and operated within local communities by individuals with disabilities. They provide an array of Independent living services.

They provide five core services:

  1. Information & referral
  2. Independent living skills training
  3. Individual and systems advocacy
  4. Peer counseling
  5. Transition: transition from nursing homes and other institutions to community-based residences; assisting individuals to avoid institutional placement; and transition of youth with significant disabilities after completion of secondary education to postsecondary life.
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Washington’s Community Living Connections staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.

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