Since 1976, the Center for Independent Living has worked to create new opportunities for people with disabilities. CIL is dedicated to helping people of any age and disability identify and reach their goals to achieve independence. Every person we serve faces unique challenges and CIL is here to help them overcome those challenges and break down barriers to their independence.



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At this very moment over 800,000 people in Central Florida live with a disability. The Center for Independent Living in Central Florida's mission is to help every person with a disability, regardless of age, live independently and have the same opportunities to live and succeed as anyone else. To achieve this, CIL offers a mix of programs designed to enable people with disabilities with the skills, knowledge, and technology to take control of their lives and choose for themselves how they want to live.

Creating Opportunities for Disability Inclusion

Disability inclusion is a Civil Right. The Center for Independent Living works to achieve fully inclusive and accessible communities for everyone to contribute meaningfully. Our philosophy is based on peer role models: people with disabilities assisting people with disabilities on pathways toward independence. In Central Florida, CIL empowers thousands of lives every year – for 40 years.

CIL's Impact

Where We Help

CIL’s impact touches the lives of individuals and families in seven counties of Central Florida with offices in Winter Park and Lakeland.

Making Real Change

How We Progress

With partnerships throughout the region, CIL is able to extend dynamic programs helping people with any disability strive for full inclusion and independence.

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Why We Help

Since 1976, CIL has envisioned the opportunities for people with disabilities create ways to live independently and inclusively in our community.

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The freedom to choose is a human right! The Center for Independent Living focuses on goals to promote the rights for people of all abilities and empower individuals and families to choose how they want to live in our community – independently.

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