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).


Click here to use the new Mass PCA Directory – connecting consumers and PCAs together!                                                                                                                           



Upcoming Events

Adaptive Yoga

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Join adaptive yoga every Tuesday at BCIL, 60 Temple Place, 5th Floor, Boston,  from 3-4 pm & on Wednesday from  6-7pm at the NonProfit Center, 89 South St... Read More

Housing Workshop

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm

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 knowledgeable staf... Read More

2019 BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

Friday, March 22, 2019
6:00pm - 9:00pm

This event honors individuals and institutions who exemplify the pioneering spirit of the late DR. MARIE FELTIN, a tireless advocate for disabled and chronicall... Read More

Latest News

BCIL is hiring Community Nurse Consultants. This role will perform personal care attendant re-evaluations for current consumers. Cities and towns needing coverage include: Greater Boston, Southshore, Northshore and Metro West. More details found at: ow.ly/L0gh30o4Tuz ...