Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

aka TheCIL   |   Alameda, CA   |  www.thecil.org

Mission

The CIL supports and empowers people who aspire to achieve beyond the expectations others place on them and the expectations they place on themselves.

Ruling year info

1972

Executive Director

Stuart James

Main address

2490 Mariner Square Loop, Suite 210

Alameda, CA 94501 USA

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EIN

23-7175191

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Founded in 1972 in Berkeley, California, the Center for Independent Living
(TheCIL) emerged from the Independent Living movement of the 1960s as a
powerful force for change. TheCIL helped to spearhead the fight for equal access
for people with disabilities through advocacy and legislation, resulting in the
implementation of new laws and access to physical and social structures. We are
now committed to bringing about a paradigm shift in the way people with
disabilities are perceived by society.

The opportunity for a person with a disability to achieve is limitless. As each
person grabs hold of this truth and makes a decision to be their own normal, we
believe society will catch on and see the power and solutions that people with
disabilities bring to the table.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Transitions Program

The Youth Transitions program explores the 5 pathways to independence for youth aged 14- 24 to learn self-advocacy and independent living skills, participate in adaptive sports and join a growing community.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

TheCIL hosts monthly workshops about housing search skills, and share Bay Area housing resources and options. Clients are also able to work 1-on-1 with counselors to achieve to locate and secure affordable housing.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The Living Well program has health and wellness focused workshops that promote goal setting and problem solving skills. These workshops provides seniors support and tools to address new limitations, improve their quality of life, and maintain independence.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Aging, elderly, senior citizens

TheCIL’s Residential Services works with residents of Alameda County to live more safely and independently in their homes. Our consultations may result in building or installing various home modifications such as exterior lifts or ramps, grab bars, standing poles, flexible shower hoses, flashing doorbells, tactile stair tread or handrails.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

TheCIL staff works 1-on-1 with individuals to empower others sharing resources, knowledge of living with a disability, and goal setting to live an independent life.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The Assistive Technology program provides product demonstrations, consulting, workshops, peer discussion groups and online forums about assistive, adaptive or rehabilitation services for people with disabilities. The AT demo lab in Alameda allows individuals to try out in-home AT.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Individuals can meet with work incentives benefits counselors for 1 on 1 counseling that addresses how to main their SSI and SSDI benefits, or how these benefits get affected once employed.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The Sports & Recreation program encourages participants to practice and learn adaptive sports including quad rugby, wheelchair tennis, goalball, and media classes. Adaptive sports are open to disabled and non disabled community members. Participants have the opportunity to develop communication and social skills while building a sense of community through their shared interests.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The travel coaches of the Community Connections program work with individuals to gain skills and confidence so they can independently navigate their routes in the Bay Area using Bart and AC transit.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Center for Independent Living (The CIL) provides advocacy and services that increase awareness, collaboration, and opportunity among people with disabilities and the community at large.<br/>Our programs provides people with skills, knowledge, and resources that empower them to eliminate damaging and stereotypical notions of disability so that they are able to strive toward realizing their full human potential.

TheCIL provides services that empower people with disabilities strive toward realizing their full human potential. TheCIL offers programs, workshops, classes, peer counseling and consultations to the the community members. Some focus areas include sports and recreation, assistive technology, the five pathways for transition-aged youth, travel training, housing modifications, housing consultations, and work incentives and benefits consulting.

TheCIL's staff work with clients on a 1-on-1 and group basis to assist them with the skills or knowledge so that they can pursue and often attain their goals. TheCIL strives to be a resource to people with disabilities.

TheCIL tracks the number of consumers it serves each year in addition to the number of information and referrals services provided within a year. Staff work with consumers to create, pursue, and often times, attain their goals.

TheCIL offers programs, workshops, classes, peer counseling and consultations to residents of Alameda County, and oftentimes we get inquiries from out of state and even internationally! In the last year, TheCIL opened a new office in Alameda, had more than 500 people members participate in programming, and answered nearly 8,000 disability related questions for members of the community. Additionally, in collaboration with Oakland Unified and Alameda Unified School Districts, TheCIL launched the Five pathways to Independence a youth focused initiative aimed to help students with disabilities be successful with their transition into postsecondary life. We've also kicked started TheCIL lifestyle division, launched an assistive technology internet video series Power On, and won a grant to expand our Living Well program to our Spanish speaking Fruitvale office. <br/><br/>In addition to growing membership, we also hope to further engage the larger community through these programs. Every adaptive sporting or technology demo is an open invitation for people with and without disabilities to engage with one another on a common field, enabling them to share experiences and develop communication and social skills while building a network of peers. <br/><br/>In this coming year, we plan to bringing presentations to schools and corporations to present adaptive sports as a team building activity, developing a online forum for technology users to connect users from all over the United States, and deliver our services to the needs of the Spanish speaking population.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

Board of directors
as of 7/2/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Melissa Male


Board co-chair

Caleb van Docto

Joan Leon

Eric Broque

Mary Lee Vance

Lily Colby

Owen Kent

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

disability, advocacy