The District of Columbia Center for Independent Living, Inc. (DCCIL) was established in April of 1981 through Congressional Legislation to promote independent lifestyles for individuals with significant disabilities, to assist a person with significant disabilities in meeting their selected independent living goals, and to help mainstream people with disabilities into society. As a non-profit, community-based, consumer-controlled, cross-disability organization; the DCCIL is directed by and assists persons with disabilities in leading independent, productive lives.
Our Mission: To maximize leadership, empowerment, and independance for individuals with significant disabilities by working to intergrate and create opprotunities for these citizens to be mainstreamed into society.
DCCIL's Five Core Independent Living Services are:
1. Independent Living Skills Training - Developing skills in personal care, coping, financial management, education, community living and participating in community activities.
2. Peer Counseling Services Counseling and Information haring - to enhance positive independent living outcomes to consumers by other persons with disabilities.
3. Advocacy/Legal Services - Assisting people to obtain benefits, rights, services and programs to which they are entitled.
4. Information and Referral Services - Providing people with information where they might obtain benefits, rights, services and programs to which they are entitled.
5. Transition Services - Under the WIOA Act of 2014 providing vocational/employment IL Skills Traning to youth and young adults with disabilities to prepare them for the workforce.
Also, for those individuals who are transitioning out of nursing homes and back into their communities live independent and fulfilling lives