We can be independent when we do ittogether.
Representing the interests of persons with disabilities in achieving independent living, gaining rights and benefits, and resolving individual problems. The entire CIL team works with the community to promote the removal of barriers and improve access to society.
Individualized and/or group instruction to refine skills in recruiting and supervising caregivers, financial management, assistance with applications for services, personal growth, and job opportunities.
To the general public and to persons with disabilities on topics of special interest, architectural accessibility, adaptive equipment, civil rights, communication aids, housing, personal care, and much more. Referrals are made to appropriate community resources and services.
Exploring options with a skilled advisor who has a disability to set and help reach independent living goals. Provides support and promotes personal growth through the enhancement of self-esteem, disability adjustment, and self-sufficiency.
The Center for Independent Living (CIL) provides home modification services for those individuals who would like to stay in their own home, but require environmental changes to accommodate physical challenges. Home modification services are managed by CIL through a waiver system. A staff member is assigned to you to assist you in gaining access to needed services.
We are committed to promoting independent living for the aging and persons with disabilities. The CIL may be able to assist you with the conversion for your home to make living easier, reduce accidents, and enhance, or support, independent living.
Most homes are not designed to adapt to the needs of people with disabilities or those over age 65. We can improve accessibility throughout your home. Our services include, but are not limited to:
Home modifications can enhance comfort, increase safety, prevent accidents, and facilitate ongoing access to community activities and services. These environmental adjustments remove barriers and safety hazards, which alleviates stress associated with reduced physical capability.
The Center for Independent Living implements several special programs that advocate for awareness and understanding of persons with disabilities.
Is a unique sensitization program whereby able-bodied people can better understand the needs of persons with disabilities by utilizing a series of work stations that simulate various disabilities.
We conduct a training program designed to educate firefighters and EMS personnel on how to properly respond to persons with disabilities. The training sensitizes and educates on how to identify, address, and respond to individuals with disabilities in their line of duty.
The basic requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act are taught in simple, understandable terms. Our goal is to educate people about the core concepts and principles in both the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
This training program is designed to educate the public about people with disabilities. By increasing awareness, we aim to dispel stereotypes, teach disability etiquette, and inform people about the law. Common respect, courtesy, and eliminating the awkwardness some people feel interacting with a person with a disability, are our goals.
"We particularly like how the CIL’s professionals have come up with special projects that allow these kids to get involved in the community and become contributing members of society. "
~ Janet and Bill - Parents
“MyCIL has proven time and again to be a valuable resource and information clearinghouse on matters related to disability awareness, acceptance, and accommodation.”
~ Patrick T. Quinn, Director of Residential/Adult Day Services, The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania
"The friendly ACES$ staff always responds promptly to our questions and treats us with courtesy and respect."
~ Shirley A. Perez, Mother/Legal Guardian of an ACES$ Illinois Consumer
“I just wanted to send a note to say thank you for your above and beyond customer care. I am still a fairly new client, but I have to share that the transition and hiring process has been smooth.”
~ Pamela Hildebrand, ACES$ Colorado Consumer