Independent Living Centers

About Centers for Independent Living

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) empower persons with disabilities to take control of their lives and guide their own destinies. CILs serve persons with all types of disabilities in all age groups, from children to seniors. In addition, CIL staff, boards and consumers work together to remove barriers and prejudices in society so that all individuals can live and work and enjoy all that their communities have to offer. At a minimum, 51% of the staff and boards of CILs are persons with disabilities, which means that they play significant roles in the decision-making responsibilities of the Centers.

The CILs are federally mandated under Section 725 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, amended 1998. They are funded with Federal and State dollars and through local community grants & private donations.

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are unique disability-led, cross-disability, locally administered not-for-profit organizations, providing advocacy and support to assist people with disabilities of all ages to live independently and fully integrated in their communities. CILs have served as the voice of the disability rights movement in Connecticut since their inception more than thirty years ago. CILs assist individuals in navigating complex service systems and advocate to ensure access to their chosen services and supports. Core programs include information and referral services, peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, independent living skills training and transition services for both youth transition and nursing facility transition. CILs are responsive to the unique needs of each community. Other services vary from individual center to center but generally include: assistance with housing, education, employment, benefits, assistive technology, medical needs and personal care attendant services, among others.

  • 1. Independence Northwest

    • 1183 New Haven Rd, Suite 200
      Naugatuck, CT 06770
    • 203-729-3299
    • video phone: 203-490-2373
    • Towns served by Independence Northwest

      Barkhamsted Litchfield Roxbury
      Beacon Falls Middlebury Salisbury
      Bethel Morris Sharon
      Bethlehem Naugatuck Sherman
      Bridgewater New Fairfield Southbury
      Brookfield New Hartford Thomaston
      Canaan New Milford Torrington
      Cheshire Newtown Warren
      Colebrook Norfolk Washington
      Cornwall North Canaan Waterbury
      Danbury Oxford Watertown
      Goshen Plymouth Winchester
      Hartland Prospect Wolcutt
      Harwinton Redding Woodbury
      Kent Ridgefield
  • 2. Access Independence

  • 3. Independence Unlimited

    • 151 New Park Ave,North Annex, Suite D,
      Hartford, CT 06106
    • 860-523-5021
    • video phone: (860) 724-2741
    • Towns served by Independence Unlimited

      Andover Farmington Somers
      Avon Glastonbury South Windsor
      Berlin Granby Southington
      Bloomfield Hartford Stafford
      Bolton Hebron Tolland
      Bristol Manchester Vernon
      Burlington Marlborough Washington
      Canton New Britain West Hartford
      East Granby Newington Wethersfield
      East Hartford Plainville Willington
      East Windsor Rocky Hill Windsor
      Ellington Sheffield Windsor Locks
      Enfield Simsbury
  • 4. Center for Disability Rights

    • 369 Highland St., West Haven, CT 06516
    • (203) 934-7077
    • video phone: (203) 680 3967
    • Towns served by Center for Disability Rights

      Ansonia Essex North Branford
      Bethany Guilford North Haven
      Branford Haddam Old Lyme
      Cheshire Hamden Old Saybrook
      Clinton Killingworth Orange
      Cornwall Lyme Portland
      Deep River Madison Seymour
      Derby Meriden Shelton
      Durham Middlefield Wallingford
      East Haddam Middletown West Haven
      East Hampton Milford Westbrook
      East Haven New Haven Woodbridge
  • 5. Disabilities Network of Eastern Connecticut

    • 19 Ohio Avenue, Norwich, CT 06360
    • 860-823-1898
    • video phone: 860-237-4515
    • Towns served by Disabilities Network of Eastern CT

      Ashford Groton Preston
      Boluntown Hampton Putnam
      Bozrah Killingly Salem
      Brooklyn Lebanon Scotland
      Canterbury Ledyard Sprague
      Chaplin Lisbon Sterling
      Colchester Mansfield Stonington
      Columbia Montville Thompson
      Coventry New London Union
      East Lyme North Stonington Waterford
      Eastford Norwich Windham
      Franklin Plainfield Woodstock
      Griswold Pomfret