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.

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.

 

Click here to view the recent Updates to The Ride Program letter

 

Upcoming Events

PCA Public Listening Sessions

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
1:00pm - 3:00pm

MassHealth is continuing to host Public Listening Sessions every other month to provide updates on Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) implementation for the PCA Program. Our next public listening sessions will… Read More

Virtual Housing Workshop

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm

Virtual Housing Workshop 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… Read More

PCA Public Listening Session

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
1:00pm - 3:30pm

MassHealth is continuing to host Public Listening Sessions every other month to provide updates on Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) implementation for the PCA Program. Our next public listening sessions will… Read More

Latest News

BCIL has a supply of masks and gloves available. Please fill out the form at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MasksAndGloves in order to obtain masks and/or gloves 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. Be safe! ...
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The Baker- Polito Administration, in partnership with the Boston Red Sox, The BASE, El Mundo, CIC Health, and FEMA, has kicked-off a week-long initiative to boost vaccine access to the Latinx community. Red Sox Week at the Hynes will take place from April 19th to the 25th, with 20,000 first dose vaccination appointments being booked for the Latinx communities. Grassroots outreach efforts began this week in Equity Communities to fill the appointments. Appointments are being scheduled through grassroots outreach efforts by community partners including the Red Sox Foundation, El Mundo, The BASE, Archipelago Strategies Group, Healthcare for All, and Boston Public Health Commission. Also, to increase access people can call the following number: 617-362-791l to book an appointment and answer any questions. ...
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