Welcome to the Boston Center for Independent Living  (BCIL)

BCIL is a 501(c)(3) 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.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Learner's Permit Prep Group

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Boston Center for Independent Living's Transition to Adulthood Program is once again hosting our Learner's Permit Prep Workshop series. This series will be 8 weeks of weekly study sessions,… Read More

Housing Workshop - In-Person & by Zoom

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
10:00am - 12:00pm

Housing Workshop - In-Person & by Zoom Join3 us on the first and third Wednesday of every month to learn more about and how to apply for affordable housing options… Read More

Learner's Permit Prep Group

Thursday, April 18, 2024
4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Boston Center for Independent Living's Transition to Adulthood Program is once again hosting our Learner's Permit Prep Workshop series. This series will be 8 weeks of weekly study sessions,… Read More

Latest News

To those in the Autism community: we celebrate you! We want to uplift the health needs and personal experiences of all Autistic people. With @AllofUsResearch, people in the Autistic community can support health research to improve care for all of us. Learn more: JoinAllofUs.org/Disability #JoinAllofUs #AllofUsInclusion ... See MoreSee Less
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Beep Baseball at Fenway ParkAdaptive Sports New England’s Boston Strong and the Association of Blind Citizens’ Boston Renegades will demonstrate an adaptive form of America’s pastime at Fenway Park, Saturday April 20th @ 1pm. Hear the sounds of baseball as these two teams of blind children and adults compete with beeping baseballs and buzzing bases. Gates will open at 12:30pm. Please enter through Gate C, across from the House of Blues at 15 Lansdowne Street. Register at ow.ly/V8qm50RcJml ... See MoreSee Less
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Well stated 1199SEIU Massachusetts! Budgets are moral documents. The PCA budget, which benefits seniors, people with disabilities, women, people of color, and immigrants, deserves investment that keeps people at home and cared for. Thank you house leadership for centering us and investing in the PCA program.Budgets are moral documents. The PCA budget, which benefits seniors, people with disabilities, women, people of color, and immigrants, deserves investment that keeps people at home and cared for. Thank you house leadership for centering us and investing in the PCA program. #MApoli Boston Center for Independent Living ... See MoreSee Less
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From the All of Us Research Program: Please join us tomorrow for the first session of a four-part webinar series, Disability Inclusion in Public Health Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 1-2 p.m. EDT (1pm ET / 12pm CT / 11am MT / 10am PT on 4/11, 5/9, 5/16, and 5/23/2024)Tomorrow’s session has an exciting line up of contributors:SESSION 1: Effective framing of disability, intersectionality, accessibility, inclusion, and ableism: What we learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how to apply these lessons into the futureWelcoming Remarks : Meg Ann Traci, RTC: Rural Moderator: Karin Korb • Theo Braddy, National Council on Independent Living-- Disability inclusion matters: lessons learned from a pandemic• Joe Holbrook, CDC—Introducing concepts using the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) and related frameworks that center people with disabilities in public health, and disability as a natural part of the human condition• Melissa Marshall, Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, Introduce how to frame public health emergency• Charles T. Brown, Equitable Cities-- Framing community health work Discussants: Syreeta Nolan and Mike Beers (8 minutes)Accessibility and Chat Facilitators: Emily Coyle, Priya Penner, Mary Willard (5 minutes)Q&A (5 minutes)Closing Remarks (2 minutes)Registration information is below with information about accessibility and language interpreter supports for the event.The agenda for the webinar series is available at: tinyurl.com/rr8k5ay5 Registration link: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DJ1dokIBQUSLao4ZxnUlJQ#/registration#AllofUs ... See MoreSee Less
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