CILs Info & Locations

CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (CILs)

CILs are independent, consumer-driven, cross-disability, community-based nonprofit organizations committed to Independent Living principles.

Iowa currently has six centers for independent living (CILs). They are not residential facilities—CILs actually work to eliminate the institutional and facility bias in long term supports for people with disabilities. CILs are unique in that people with disabilities must comprise over half of their governing boards and over half of the CIL staff. CILs are run FOR people with disabilities, BY people with disabilities!

The federal government certifies centers in compliance with the Independent Living principles and standards in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which makes them eligible for federal funding (though federal funding is currently insufficient to adequately fund all eligible centers).

Federal standards require CILs to be responsive to their local communities, to provide their services to anyone regardless of their disability type, to work with consumers to achieve their goals, and to manage their resources in compliance with the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

All centers must provide the five “Core Services” as follows:

  1. Information and Referral
  2. Independent Living Skills Training
  3. Peer Support Counseling
  4. Individual and Systems Advocacy
  5. Transition Services
    a. Transitioning youth from high school into post-secondary education, training, and employment.
    b. Transitioning individuals with disabilities out of residential facilities and back into community living.

More About Systems Advocacy

The mandate for systems advocacy requires that centers engage in grassroots efforts to change the systems that affect the lives of people with disabilities. Examples include working with local partners in the educational and workforce systems to improve supports for young people entering the world of work, encouraging local businesses to remove physical barriers, or promoting the availability of sign language interpreters in the local hospital.

At the State level, CILs work to promote compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1999 Olmstead decision, which stated that people with disabilities who need long term care are entitled to receive it in the least restrictive environment consistent with their needs.

Funding/Collaboration

Some federal funding under the Rehab Act flows directly to CILs. Other federal funding, commonly known as Part B, can be distributed for independent living services if States set up a SILC that meets the requirements of the Act.

The SILC is required, under the Rehab Act, to collaborate with the CILs, Consumers, and other disability partners in the joint development by the SILC and CILs of a three-year State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).

The SPIL identifies the needs for independent living (IL) services, and specifies how resources for IL, including Part B monies, should be allocated. SILCs are also to find ways to support and strengthen the State’s network of IL services, and to take steps to enhance coordination in their delivery.

Centers for Independent Living Information & Locations

Access 2 Independence of the Eastern Iowa Corridor (A2I) - Iowa City, Iowa

Sarah Martinez

Sarah Martinez

Executive Director

Iowa City Main Office

1556 S. 1st Ave. Suite B, Iowa City, IA 52240
Office: 319-338-3870
TTY: Use Relay Iowa for TTY
Fax: 319-343-1120
E-Mail: ed@access2independence.org
Executive Director: Sarah Martinez

Cedar Rapids Satellite Office

601 2nd Ave SE, Suite 4, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Office: 1-319-499-8706

Counties Served:

Johnson (Main Office), Linn (Satellite Office), Benton, Cedar, Henry, Iowa, Jones, Washington

More Information

Please visit A2I’s Website or A2I’s Facebook Page for more information.

Central Iowa Center for Independent Living (CICIL) - Des Moines, Iowa

Reyma McCoy McDeid

Reyma McCoy McDeid

Executive Director

Des Moines Main Office

100 East Euclid Avenue, Suite 105, Des Moines, Iowa 50313
Office: 515-243-1742
TTY: Use Relay Iowa for TTY
Fax: 515-243-5385
E-Mail: Reyma@CICIL.org
Executive Director: Reyma McCoy McDeid

Counties Served:

Polk (Main Office), Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Story, Warren

More Information

Please visit CICIL’s Website or CICIL’s Facebook Page for more information.

Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland, (DRCS) - Sioux City, Iowa

Don Dew

Don Dew

Executive Director

Sioux City Main Office

505-5th Street, Suite 400
Sioux City, Iowa 51101
Office: 712-255-1065
TTY: 712-255-1065
Fax: 712-224-2559
E-Mail: director@drcsiouxland.org
Executive Director: Don Dew

Counties Served:

Woodbury (Main Office), Cherokee, Plymouth

More Information

Please visit DRCS’s Website or DRCS’s Facebook Page for more information.

Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living (IICIL) - Rock Island, Illinois

Liz Sherwin

Liz Sherwin

Executive Director

Rock Island, Illinois Main Office

Physical Location: 501-11th Street, Rock Island, Illinois 61201
Mailing Address: PO Box 6156, Rock Island, Illinois 61204
Office: 309-793-0090 (V/TTY)
Toll-Free: 1-855-744-8918 (V/TTY)
Fax: 309-793-5198
E-Mail: liz@iicil.com
Executive Director: Liz Sherwin

Counties Served:

Iowa Counties Served: Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine
Illinois Counties Served: Rock Island (Main Office), Henry, and Mercer

More Information

Please visit IICIL’s Website or IICIL’s Facebook Page for more information.

League of Human Dignity
South West Iowa Center for Independent Living (SWICIL) - Council Bluffs, Iowa

SWICIL Office, Council Bluffs

SWICIL Offices

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Council Bluffs Main Office

1520 Avenue M, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
Office: 712-323-6863
Fax: 712-323-6811
TTY: Use Relay Iowa for TTY
Toll-Free: 1-800-843-5774
Center Director: Lora Young
E-Mail: lyoung@leagueofhumandignity.com
League Co-CEOs: Mike Schafer (mschafer@leagueofhumandignity.com), and Kathy Kay (kkay@leagueofhumandignity.com)
Informational E-Mail: cinfo@leagueofhumandignity.com

Counties Served:

Pottawattamie (Main Office), Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Shelby

More Information

Please visit SWICIL’s Website or SWICIL’s Facebook Page for more information.

South Central Iowa Center for Independent Living (SCICIL) - Oskaloosa, Iowa

Deb Philpot

Deb Philpot

Executive Director

Oskaloosa Main Office

109 N. 3rd Street
Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577
Office: 641-672-1867 or Toll-Free: 1-800-651-7911
TTY: Use Relay Iowa for TTY
Fax: 641-672-1867
E-Mail: brookie43@gmail.com
Executive Director: Deb Philpot

Counties Served:

Mahaska (Main Office), Appanoose, Keokuk, Marion, Monroe, Wapello

More Information

Please visit SCICIL’s Website & Facebook Page coming soon