ERIC Number: ED345447
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Center for Independent Living (CIL): Disabled People Take the Lead for Full Community Lives.
Racino, Julie Ann
The Center for Independent Living (CIL) in Berkeley, California, is described as a mecca for the disabled since 1972, when a coalition of severely disabled people founded the Center with the goal of integrating disabled people into the community-at-large. The CIL's mission is to create and maintain independence for disabled people through providing services, advocating for the rights of disabled individuals, and nurturing a system of support in the community. CIL is a membership organization with over 500 members who elect a governing board made up of a majority of individuals with disabilities. Services include housing, attendant referral, independent living skills training, youth services, peer counseling, job development, benefits counseling, blind services, and deaf services. Six major areas of concern to people in the developmental disability field are discussed: choices and decision making, peer support, working with attendants, disability awareness, advocacy and services, and transition and independent living. The report also discusses individual and system advocacy and acceptance of the CIL within the Berkeley community. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.