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.


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Upcoming Events

2018 BCIL Trek, Trot & Treat - a Costumed Run, Walk and Roll for Independence

Sunday, October 21, 2018
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Join us on Sunday, October 21, 2018 for our 2nd Annual BCIL Trek, Trot & Treat – a Costumed Run, Walk, and Roll for Indep... Read More

Massachusetts Independent Living Listening Sessions

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
1:00pm - 4:00pm

We want to hear from you! Massachusetts Independent Living Listening Sessions Boston Center for Independent Living Listening Session October 23, 2018 1:00... Read More

College 101 Workshop Series

Thursday, October 25, 2018
3:30pm - 5:30pm

College 101 Workshop Series Considering going to college? Let’s explore the basics. This fall workshop series goal is to give participants ages 16-22 a b... Read More

Latest News

Directions / Parking for Sunday’s 2018 BCIL Trek, Trot & Treat at UMass Boston Clark Athletic Center.

If you are taking the T - take the red line to JFK and the shuttle bus to Clark Athletic Center.

If you are driving – come in the main UMass entrance, take the 2nd exit from the rotary (it will seem like you are going straight). Take a right on University Drive N (2nd light). At the stop sign, you will see Lot D on the left for parking, and to the right is Clark Athletic Center. We will place a large pumpkin at the entrance area.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Yoga is back! Join us for the next Adaptive Yoga Class Tuesday, October 23 from 3-4 pm at BCIL. Mats and props provided. Suggested donation is $5 per class. All abilities welcome! To register email Shaya at sfrench@bostoncil.org ...