Voting Note:  To all who will benefit from a vote-by-mail accommodation – an electronic ballot – you must make an accommodation request to: The Secretary of State’s Accessibility Coordinator Kelly Emmons at 617-727-2828 or


MassHealth Statement on health care protections for members of the LGBTQ community

Due to COVID-19 our offices are closed and all staff is working remotely. To reach us, please call or email

BCIL has a limited supply of masks from the state—though unfortunately no gloves were provided. Please fill out the form at  to obtain masks from BCIL. If you can’t use the form for any reason, please leave your name, address and need for masks at 617-338-6665.

If you are on the PCA program, your PCA can obtain masks from 1199SEIU, the PCA union, by going to

COVID-19 Resources

Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Information for PCA Consumers

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

Independent Living 101

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm

INDEPENDENT LIVING 101 TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 8, 15, 22, 29 12 PM- 1 PM VIA ZOOM - EMAIL FOR LINK A group for teens and young adults with disabilities ages 14-24.… Read More

Job Skills Group

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Do you want to learn skills to help you find and keep a job? JOB SKILLS GROUP Tuesday, starting September 15 from 3-4 pm on Zoom Join our Job Skills… Read More


Wednesday, September 23, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm

What: DAAHR Forum When: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 1:00 pm Where: Virtual meeting via Zoom. Register here to receive the link and call-in number Disability Advocates Advancing our Healthcare… Read More

Latest News

DME Users: We Want to Hear from You!

BCIL and DPC are organizing a grassroots campaign to improve consumer experience with Durable Medical Equipment (DME). DME is any equipment used in daily life and independence, including wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, commodes, shower chairs, nebulizers, absorbency products, etc. We are particularly focusing on mobility devices (e.g. wheelchairs, walkers) and absorbency products, but any DME-users are welcome to participate!

We want to interview you and hear your stories (both present and past) about getting your DME, getting it repaired, and getting it covered by MassHealth (and, if relevant, how these processes are impacted by the current pandemic). The interview will take between 30 minutes and an hour, and can happen by video call or over the phone.

Please reach out to Eviva Kahne, BCIL Community Organizer, to schedule an interview at