Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are non-residential places of action and coalition, where persons with disabilities learn empowerment and develop the skills necessary to make lifestyle choices. Centers provide services and advocacy to promote the leadership, independence, and productivity of people with disabilities. Centers work with both individuals as well as with the local communities to remove barriers to independence and ensuring equality of persons with disabilities.
Core services to individuals, provided by all Centers include Information and Referral, Peer Counseling, Independent Living Skills Training, and Individual and Systems Change Advocacy. Services to the community include disability awareness, technical assistance regarding accessibility and legal issues, as well as general disability related information.
The sixteen Virginia Centers for Independent Living are located in Norfolk, Hampton, the Eastern Shore, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Arlington, Manassas, Charlottesville, Winchester, Danville, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Abingdon, Grundy, Harrisonburg and Big Stone Gap.
DRS provides technical assistance, oversight, and compliance to CILs.
A directory of Virginia CILs can be found at:
Substantially more information about CILs in Virginia, including contact information and the current Virginia State Plan for Independent Living, is available at:
See also the related Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC) topic.
Information about the Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council is available online at:
Eligibility for Services
Community Based Services
Assistive Technology Services
Nursing Home Outreach
DRS Financial Participation in Cost of Services
Department of Rehabilitative Services Overview
Virginia Benefit Information System Welcome and Introduction
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