Missouri Centers for Independent Living
MOCIL is a statewide association dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities
- There are 22 Centers in Missouri covering each of Missouri’s 114 counties.
- Centers are community-based, non-residential, not for profit organizations that are community controlled.
- Funding for Centers comes from a variety of sources including federal, state and/or local governments, grants, and fee for service programs.
- Federal regulations require that at least 51% of a Center’s board of directors and Center staff are individuals with disabilities.
What is Independent Living?
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) provide education about independent living options so participants can make the choice that is best for them.
CILs encourage participants to take control by setting & accomplishing their own personal goals.
The first Center for Independent Living was founded in 1972 by disability rights activists, led by Ed Roberts, in Berkeley, California. These Centers were created to offer peer support and role modeling, and are run by persons with disabilities. The IL approach is based on the idea that a peer support group can be more effective than a professional support group.
1972- Centers for Independent Living founded in Berkley, California
1978- Federal funding becomes available to support CIL’s operations
1982- Four CIL’s in the state of Missouri received federal funding:
- Paraquad in St. Louis
- The Whole Person in Kansas City
- Disabled Citizens Alliance for Independence in Viburnum
(the first rural Center in Missouri)
- Services for Independent Living in Columbia.