Founded in 1972 in Berkeley, California, the Center for Independent Living (TheCIL) emerged from the Independent Living movement of the 1960s as a powerful force for change. TheCIL helped to spearhead the fight for equal access for people with disabilities through advocacy and legislation, resulting in the passing of new laws and access to physical and social structures. We are now committed to bringing about a paradigm shift in the way people with disabilities are perceived by society.
The opportunity for a person with a disability to achieve is limitless. As each person grabs hold of this truth and makes a decision to be their own normal, we believe society will catch on and see the power and solutions that people with disabilities bring to the table.