WCICIL is a Center for Independent Living (CIL). It is a not-for-profit advocacy center funded by state and federal grants to provide services to people with disabilities

Blue-curb parking spaces, accessible buses, sign-language interpreters, ramps to buildings, braille elevator buttons, and much more, were unknown a few short years ago. Where this all came from is as fascinating as where we hope to be headed.

Famous People with Disabilities

In 1972, the first Center for Independent Living was founded by disability activists, led by Ed Roberts, in Berkeley, California. Ed Roberts (1939-1995) is unfailingly cited as a pioneer in the movement by persons with disabilities for legally defined rights and control over their own lives. No longer content with limited life opportunities, nor willing to be defined solely as medical patients, disabled people in several cities nationwide shared the willingness to challenge authority, discard inherited prejudices, and effect social change that was the hallmark of the 1970s. Blue-curb parking spaces were to become ordinary sights within years

In 1990, the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) finally became a reality in a nation designed for equality. We have now come, again, to a new chapter in this evolution of living with a disability, and how much can be done with one.


Centers for Independent Living

About CILS Worldwide

Independent Living, is a philosophy, a way of looking at disability and society, and a worldwide movement of people with disabilities who proclaim to work for self-determination, self-respect and equal opportunities. As citizens in democratic societies persons with disabilities have the same right to participation, to the same range of options, degree of freedom, control and self-determination in every day life and life projects that other citizens take for granted.