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

Virtual Housing Workshop

Wednesday, May 19, 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

Yoga, Disability, and Transformation

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Please join us for "Yoga, Disability, and Transformation" - a new series designed specifically for people living with disabilities. Come explore the principles of yoga with internationally renowned yoga teacher… Read More

25th Annual BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony

Thursday, May 20, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm

We invite you to the annual BCIL Marie Feltin Award, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! This event honors individuals and institutions who exemplify the pioneering spirit of the late… Read More

Latest News

In just one week, on May 20 at 7:00 pm, a discussion with national disability rights author and activist Alice Wong will be hosted by BCIL during the annual (virtual) BCIL Marie Feltin Award Ceremony. Alice Wong (she/her) is a disabled activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing and amplifying disability media and culture created in 2014. Alice is the editor of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, an anthology of essays by disabled people, available now by Vintage Books (2020). You can find her on Twitter: @SFdirewolf. Alice will engage in a discussion with BCIL staff members Cecilia Nunez and Jessica Podesva examining the direction of disability rights and considering, among other things, the role of antiracism in disability rights and services.This event honors individuals and institutions who exemplify the pioneering spirit of the late DR. MARIE FELTIN, a tireless advocate for disabled and chronically ill patients. The ceremony supports BCIL and is a tribute to Marie’s legacy.To be a sponsor or supporter of this year's event bostoncil.org/bcil-marie-feltin-award-ceremony-tickets-and-sponsorships/ or contact Susan at ssmith@bostoncil.org for more information.To register to attend the virtual event, go to bit.ly/BCILMarieFeltinAwardCeremony CART and ASL have been confirmed for this event. ...