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

We ask that you do not request masks if you currently have a supply— we wish to focus on those persons who are in short supply or have none.

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

Work Readiness Series - Youth Workshop

Thursday, August 6, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Work Readiness Series- Join us for a 4 week Zoom based workshop series focusing on the skills you need to help you find and ke... Read More

Adulting 101 - Youth Workshop

Friday, August 7, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Adulting 101- This 9-week Zoom-based workshop will explore a range of topics related to independent living and building ‘adu... Read More

Cook-A-Long Youth Workshop

Monday, August 10, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Cook-A-Long- In this 9-week Zoom-based workshop we will be cooking along together, starting with basic food preparation skills, and building up... Read More

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