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Independent Living Services

What are the core Independent Living services?

apple coreIndependent Living services are designed to help individuals who experience disabilities achieve personal goals for independence and participation in their families and communities. The four services considered to be the core of the Independent Living program are:
  • Information and Referral
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Peer Counseling
  • Individual and Systems Advocacy  

Who is eligible for Independent Living services?

Individuals of any age are eligible for Independent Living services, as long as each of these three things are true:
  • You are a person with a disability


  • Your disability substantially limits your ability to function independently in your family or community (including, but not limited to areas such as self-care, mobility, communication, housing, employment, education, etc.).


  • The services received are expected to help you in at least one of the following three ways:
    • Improve your ability to function in your family or community
    • Maintain your ability to function in your family or community
    • Obtain, maintain or advance employment

How can you receive Independent Living services?

Independent Living services are provided by Centers for Independent Living (CILs) that exist in various locations within each state. These CILs are private, non-profit organizations, run by people with disabilities.  Services are provided through a peer mentoring model.
To learn more about Centers for Independent Living, select any of the following links:
CIL Basic Facts 
Information about how CILs are structured.
Oregon CIL Directory  
Find the Center for Independent Living that is nearest to you.
CIL Achievements Report​
Learn how Independent Living services reduce reliance on public funds and increase public revenues.