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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: As a membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy.

Results: The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States. An outcome of the national Disability Rights and Independent Living Movements, NCIL was founded to embody the values of disability culture and Independent Living philosophy, which creates a new social paradigm and emphasizes that people with disabilities are the best experts on their own needs, that they have crucial and valuable perspective to contribute to society, and are deserving of equal opportunity to decide how to live, work, and take part in their communities.

Programs: Cil net and silc net training and technical assistance program, new community opportunity project and other programs: ncil received a contract from independent living research utilization (ilru) to conduct national independent living training and provide technical assistance for centers for independent living (cil net) and statewide independent living council (silc net). Ncil coordinates and hosts additional series of webinars for the new community opportunity project, extension of the il-net project made possible through title iv traning and ta funds from the arra.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent disability organization for people with disabilities! The organization is run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities. Promotes independent living and empowerment for people with disabilities.


Rating: 5

I too, have been around since NCIL was founded, and this grass-roots, consumer-based advocacy organization continues to work effectively as a strong voice for indpendent living for people with any kind of a disability. I am an indiviual member and a donor, my organization is a member, and we are proud to contibute yearly - both unrestricted donations, and support for the awesome NCIL Annual Conference! NCIL works on a national level to remove the insitutional bias from Medicaid, fight funding cuts, and to create consumer control of policies and programs that affect the everyday lives of our citizens.



Rating: 5

My late husband, disability/human rights activist, and I have been members and supporters of NCIL since its founding. The NCIL pioneer leaders fought through tough times with very limited resources trying to promote independence and empowerment of people with disabilities throughout the USA. They have helped many Americans with disabilities develop and become productive citizens and integrated into mainstream of society. It has become a pioneer model for its kind in the world. They continue their important and necessary struggles based on their mission and philosophy. It is an invaluable investment for the human development.

1 Jeananne W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

With it's humble roots based in Ca and Denver NCIL has contuned the battle for civil and human rights for people with disabilities. I was a SILC member in Idaho and a contractor to the SILC to help in the funding struggles for CIL's throughout the State. Hats off to an organization that strives to change attitudes, barriers to independent living and legislation for millions of American citizens.

1 Brian P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCIL is a leader in the advocacy of independent living and empowerment for people with disabilities across the nation! As a cross-disability organization, NCIL takes a broad view on many issues, and works hard to ensure that people with disabilities have a voice in policy issues. I have been a member for a decade, and have been involved in NCIL committees for almost as long. I have always been very happy with the efforts of NCIL's Board and staff. Their efforts to educate and energize members over the years have been very impressive.

2 Dawn32


Rating: 5

NCIL is an outstanding advocacy organization! The staff and all the volunteers do SO MUCH to promote independence and choice for individuals with disabilities! Keep up the GREAT work!!!