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).


Click here to use the new Mass PCA Directory – connecting consumers and PCAs together!                                                                                                                           



Upcoming Events

2018 BCIL Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 15, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm

BCIL holds its Annual Meeting every November to provide a summary of our year’s activities to our members as well as present a financial report and el... Read More

2018 BCIL Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 15, 2018
6:00pm - 8:00pm

We wish to invite you to BCIL’s Annual Meeting, which will be held on Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza i... Read More

College 101 Workshop Series

Saturday, November 17, 2018
11:00am - 1:00pm

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

BCIL will be hosting walk-in office hours on Thursday's from 9:45 am - 4 pm at the MRC office in Roxbury (40 Dimock Street). ...