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

Supported Decision Making Workshop

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Presented by Emily Berheide, M.Ed., OTR/L Hosted by BCIL Youth Services As most adults know, the transition to adulthood is a process that goes on for many years, not something… Read More

Virtual Housing Workshop

Wednesday, February 3, 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

Virtual Housing Workshop

Wednesday, February 17, 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

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.If you are on the PCA program, your PCA can obtain masks from 1199SEIU, the PCA union, by going to this link: www.bit.ly/ppe1199BCIL also has a very limited supply of reusable large and small masks that are clear to enable households where lipreading is necessary to be protected. Please let us know if you could use one—and please don’t request one unless you need it because they are hard to come by and could be very important for communication access and safety in some households. ...
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