Welcome to the Boston Center for Independent Living  (BCIL)

BCIL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 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.


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Upcoming Events

BCIL Summer Youth Program - Preparing for College

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm

This workshop will explore post-secondary options, how to prepare in high school, how to request accommodations, supports on campus, managing a social life, and time management. Contact Mary-Kate Wells mkwells@bostoncil.org… Read More

BCIL Summer Youth Program - Travel Training

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
1:00pm - 3:00pm

In this workshop we will explore community safety, route planning, and reviewing different modes of transportation, including fixed route public transit and paratransit.  If possible, we will try to schedule… Read More

BCIL Summer Youth Program - Preparing for Work!

Thursday, July 29, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for this workshop focusing on the skills you need to find and keep a job. Topics include communication, problem solving, taking initiative, professionalism, resume building, and interview skills.… Read More

Latest News

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in state and local government programs and services. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 -- the ADA is an "equal opportunity" law for people with disabilities.*To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability, which is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.*You can read more about the ADA at www.ada.gov/ada_intro.htm. *source info from www.ADA.gov ...