Welcome to the Boston Center for Independent Living  (BCIL)

BCIL is a 501(c)(3) organization that has provided services to people with disabilities since 1974, when it became the second independent living center in the country. The organization was created by people with disabilities seeking full integration into society. BCIL accomplishes this by empowering people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities with the practical skills and self-confidence to take control over their lives and become active members of the communities in which they live. At the same time, BCIL engages in advocacy and community organizing to promote access and change within society.

Our Mission Statement

The Boston Center for Independent Living is a frontline civil rights organization led by people with disabilities that advocates to eliminate discrimination, isolation and segregation by providing advocacy, information and referral, peer support, skills training, PCA services, and transitional services in order to enhance the independence of people with disabilities.

Our Antiracism Statement

The Boston Center for Independent Living commits to making all aspects of our work antiracist, not only because it is just but also because it is necessary to serve and represent our community of people with disabilities. We commit to purposefully identifying, discussing, and challenging issues of race and ethnicity to address the impact they have on our organization, our work, and our people. Moreover, we will add our voice and advocacy to similar antiracist efforts in our community.

 

If you suspect abuse or neglect of a person with disabilities, please contact the Disabled Persons Protection Commission hotline at 1-800-426-9009 or 1-888-822-0350 TTY (ages 18-59), the Executive Office of Elder Affairs at 1-800-922-2275 (ages 60+), the Department of Public Health 1-800-462-5540 (all Ages residing in Long Term Care Facilities), and the Department of Children and Families at 1-800-792-5200 (ages birth-17). The DPPC Sexual Assault Response Unit can be reached at 617-727-6465.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Living Well in the Community Workshop

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Boston Center for Independent Living is excited to announce our upcoming Living Well in The Community Workshop! LWIC will be conducted in a hybrid model (In person and over… Read More

Housing Workshop - In-Person & by Zoom

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
10:00am - 12:00pm

Housing Workshop - In-Person & by Zoom Join3 us on the first and third Wednesday of every month to learn more about and how to apply for affordable housing options… Read More

Living Well in the Community Workshop

Tuesday, July 2, 2024
2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Boston Center for Independent Living is excited to announce our upcoming Living Well in The Community Workshop! LWIC will be conducted in a hybrid model (In person and over… Read More

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The Boston Center for Independent Living is once again hosting a series of Summer Workshops & Community Days!BCIL's Summer Programming aims to support students in learning about all aspects of independent living. Students will be able to participate in hands-on lessons and activities to explore topics like work readiness, post-secondary education, money skills, self-advocacy, housing, and more! See the full schedule at bostoncil.org/youth-services/youth-events/Excursions into the community include visits to the Museum of Science to explore STEM careers, the grocery store to complete a successful budgeting and shopping activity, and the MBTA travel center to learn more about travel training. All of BCIL’s Youth Summer Program offerings are free. Students are welcome to join all the groups or pick and choose! Please select for each group whether you want to participate in person or virtually. Our accessible office is located at 60 Temple Place, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02111. All community days are in person. Students should meet at BCIL's office at or before 10AM to participate in community days.Our groups are open to students ages 14-22 years with a documented disability, such as IEP or 504 plan, and enrolled in high school or a post-secondary education or training program. To register, fill out this form: forms.gle/1XBY8gmFvfuPPT4Y8A A copy of your disability documentation is required to complete registration. Documentation can be attached at the end of this form or emailed to ewalters@bostoncil.org.If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Walters at ewalters@bostoncil.org. ... See MoreSee Less
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