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Core Services

CIL is part of a larger network of similar Independent Living Centers (ILCs), which are funded by grants that ensure our ability to support community living and independence for people with disabilities. We are an organization for people with disabilities, by people with disabilities, based on the belief that all people can live with dignity, make their own choices, and participate fully in society.

The grants that help fund CIL state that at a minimum, we are required to provide the following IL core services: information and referral; IL skills training; peer counseling; individual and systems advocacy; and services that facilitate transition from nursing homes and other institutions to the community, provide assistance to those at risk of entering institutions, and facilitate transition of youth to postsecondary life. Click on any of the services below to learn more about them.

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Information & Referral

CIL provides information about a wide variety of disability-related issues – including disability benefits – and community resources.

Independent Living Peer Support

Do you want to take control of your own life and influence the community around you? CIL can assist you in Self-Advocacy or Individual Advocacy needs.

Personal Attendant Services

Learn to find, interview, hire, train, supervise, and/or fire personal assistants. Create an employment agreement that clearly states the job duties of their personal assistant.

Housing Assistance

Housing Counselors can help you understand the housing options available. Learn where and how to search for affordable and accessible housing and housing assistance.

Benefits Counseling

Learn about Social Security Disability Benefits, State Disability Insurance, MediCal, and Medicare programs for people with disabilities.

Our peer counselor leads coaching sessions to give seniors the tools and support to break through new limitations, improve their quality of life, and maintain independence.

Going through a significant life change can be difficult. Let’s discuss it at this peer support group held on the first Sunday of every month. This peer support group discusses major life changes a person with an acquired disability may be facing.

 We’ll guide you through the basics of using your devices, from setting up email accounts to mastering online communication.

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