Voting Note:  To all who will benefit from a vote-by-mail accommodation – an electronic ballot – you must make an accommodation request to: The Secretary of State’s Accessibility Coordinator Kelly Emmons at 617-727-2828 or Kelly.Emmons@sec.state.ma.us

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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 contactBCIL@bostoncil.org.

BCIL has a limited supply of masks from the state—though unfortunately no gloves were provided. Please fill out the form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCILmasks  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 http://www.bit.ly/1199masks

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

Life After Highschool

Thursday, October 22, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Job Skills Group

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Life After Highschool

Thursday, October 29, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Thursdays, starting September 17 from 3-4 pm on Zoom Join us on Zoom to learn about education, work, and training after finishing high school. We will… Read More

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Have you registered for next week's webinar on the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Disability. Contact Maggie at mwhited@bostoncil.org to sign up and receive the webinar link. We hope to see you there! ...

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How to Get Approved to Use the Accessible Vote By Mail (AVBM) Program as an Accommodation ...

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Are you a voter with a disability that impacts your ability to use a printed ballot? You can request an accessible mail-in ballot for the November 3 State Election. You have to submit your request to the state's accessible vote-by-mail coordinator. For more info, visit: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleev/early-voting-by-mail-accessible.htm ...

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