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.

 

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.

 

Click here to view the recent Updates to The Ride Program letter

 

Upcoming Events

Virtual Housing Workshop

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm

Virtual Housing Workshop Join us on the first and third Wednesday of every month to learn more about and how to apply for affordable housing options in your area. Our… Read More

Yoga, Disability, and Transformation

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Please join us for "Yoga, Disability, and Transformation" - a new series designed specifically for people living with disabilities. Come explore the principles of yoga with internationally renowned yoga teacher… Read More

Virtual Housing Workshop

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm

Virtual Housing Workshop Join us on the first and third Wednesday of every month to learn more about and how to apply for affordable housing options in your area. Our… Read More

Latest News

People with disabilities want vaccines now!BCIL and our allies continues to hear from people who are at high risk of life-threatening symptoms if they contract COVID-19, but who have not been able to get the vaccine. A major reason for this is that, unlike at least 25 other states, Massachusetts is only considering an extremely limited list of conditions to decide who should get priority for vaccinations. Because of this, people with quadriplegia, cystic fibrosis, MS, and intellectual and developmental disabilities, among many other disabilities and health conditions, are not getting the priority they desperately need to stay safe. In addition, many of these people receive support services in their homes—so non-family members are regularly in their homes, increasing transmission risks and making it impossible for them to self-isolate.If you agree with us that this is a problem, please contact Governor Baker to ask that persons with disabilities be included on the priority list for vaccines now. You can reach his office at (617) 725-4005. We would also urge you to reach out to your legislators and ask them to take action. ...
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