• NCIL Member at the Capitol – Welcome to the Independent Living Movement
  • A person signs “Independence” in American Sign Language
  • A man with a disability exists the Light Rail in Phoenix, AZ
  • Justin Dart Parade Puppet
  • A welder with a disability in Phoenix, AZ
  • Banner – Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere – MLK

Welcome to the Independent Living Movement

35th Anniversary Logo: NCIL – National Council on Independent Living. Celebrating 35 Years of Advocacy. Graphic features party candles. In 2017, NCIL celebrated our 35th Anniversary. Over the past three decades, we have grown from a handful of advocates and the Centers they represent into a force of thousands of people with disabilities from Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs) in every state and territory of the U.S.

We welcome all people who believe in equality to join the movement to win civil rights and real independence for people with disabilities throughout the world. Use this website to join NCIL and explore all things Independent Living, including current news, training and events nationwide, and NCIL’s extensive national legislative and policy positions.

National Policy

Advocacy Monitor LogoNCIL is proud to offer a national policy platform that advocates for the human and civil rights of all individuals. NCIL members directly determine our public policy priorities through regular survey, and by serving on our legislative and advocacy subcommittees. Read about NCIL’s current policy positions and access official position papers by using the Advocacy Monitor.

Featured News

FDR Memorial Legacy Committee

NCIL is proud to serve as the fiscal agent of the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee. The mission of the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee is to preserve the memory of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s catalytic involvement in issues of equality and opportunity, as celebrated at the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The committee will focus on how the Prologue Room of the Memorial, which contains the famed statue of FDR in a wheelchair and a quote from Eleanor, informs the experience of the entire Memorial, enhances the understanding of FDR and his leadership, and promotes a legacy of equality and opportunity for all people, especially people with disabilities. The committee will work on education and awareness programs, sponsor events and visits, collaborate with schools and other organizations, and press the National Park Service for ongoing care maintenance.

Visit the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee to learn more.

Project Spotlight

Provider Accessibility Initiative

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NCIL is pleased to announce the continuation of the Barrier Removal Fund (BRF) in 2020. NCIL and the Centene Corporation are committed to providing equal access to quality health care and services that are physically and programmatically accessible for our members with disabilities and their companions by increasing the percentage of Centene providers that meet minimum federal and state disability access standards. Since 2018, the Barrier Removal Fund has provided over $1M in grants to fund accessibility improvements at healthcare providers in six states (Illinois, Texas, Ohio, Florida, New Mexico, and Kansas).

Centene, NCIL, and 3 affiliate health plans are collaborating to continue the Provider Accessibility Initiative (PAI) in three new states for 2020: California, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Read more about the Provider Accessibility Initiative.