What is a Center?
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private non-profit agencies that are designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities, and provide an array of independent living services. The State of Nevada currently has 2: one in Clark County and one in the North that serves the remainder of the State.
Core Services of a Center
- Information and Referral: Through information and referral CILs offer guidance in locating available services and products as well as tips on how to access such services and products.
- Independent Living Skills: CILs teach a wide range of skills needed to live independently and manage life with a disability.
- Peer Support and Mentoring: Peer mentors provide role modeling and share experiences, feelings, and awareness of disability issues.
- Transition: Assisting people with disabilities to move out of nursing homes and other institutions into independent lifestyles of their choice and helping to prevent people with disabilities from entering institutions. Assisting youth in transitioning from high school to adult life including next steps such as going to college or obtaining employment.
- Individual and Systems Advocacy: CILs empower consumers and the disability community to overcome barriers to access and services.