Center for Independent Living Services

As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), the Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL) staff work to achieve positive change in the community, state or nation for today and tomorrow through four core services of Advocacy, Disability Information & Referral, Peer Support and Independent Living Skills Training. All CILs provide these core services at no charge for people with disabilities and the community.

The CIL core services represent the heart of the Independent Living philosophy with the concept of “consumer or client control” which guides the programs and services we offer consumers. Individual control means that people with disabilities know their own needs best and have the right to make decisions regarding their daily lives.

In addition, a majority of the SCIL staff and board of directors are individuals living with disabilities. This element of our organization gives a unique perspective of understanding for the needs for individuals with disabilities.

Additional Programs and Services

The SCIL Mission to promote a barrier-free environment for all individuals with disabilities through public education and advocacy for social change, and to provide a full range of independent living services which will assist each in meeting his or her goals for independence.

SCIL offers a variety of programs and services to assist people with disabilities in living independent, many of which are free of charge and each program follows varioius guidelines based on grant funding.

  • Assisting Consumers Through Technology (ACTT)
  • Community Access
  • Education & Outreach
  • Personal Care Services: Consumer Directed Services (CDS) & In-Home Services
  • Renovation And Modification ProjectS (RAMPS)
  • Support & Recreational Groups
  • Transition Services & De-Institutionalization
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Voter Registration
  • Youth Services

Please visit the pages for each program, Email Us or call SCIL at 417.886.1188 to Ask Us How we can help.