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Center for Independent Living (CIL) Resource Manual
The purpose of this guide is to provide information about maintaining a Center for Independent Living (CIL). The information provided should help provide the Centers with technical support for the planning, operation, conduct, administration and evaluation of a Center for Independent Living. You should seek appropriate expertise in all areas mentioned in this manual.
It is important for the centers to maintain a clear understanding of the independent living philosophy and committed to devoting time to maintaining a quality CIL. Many groups and organizations use the term“independent living”, thus, it is important to understand Independent Living philosophy according to Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as follows:
"Philosophy of Independent Living includes consumer control, peer support, self-help,
self-determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy, in order to maximize
the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with significant
disabilities, and the integration and full inclusion of individuals with significant disabilities
into the mainstream of American society."
The Independent Living Philosophy is also embodied in State Statutes Section 178.651 through 178.658 RSMo.
Training and consultations from an organization that promotes the independent living philosophy can be helpful. The Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (MDVR), the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) or the Missouri Centers for Independent Living (MOCIL) are resources that can help in understanding the Independent Living Philosophy.
CIL Insurance Coverage
Inventory List (pdf)