The Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC) is committed to promoting a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy, in order to maximize leadership, empowerment, independence, productivity and to support full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American society.
Centers for Independent Living (CIL) are not places to sleep. They are local non-profit organizations run by people with disabilities to assist people with disabilities to live their lives as independently as possible. CILs provide direct independent living services to individuals with disabilities. CILs are actively involved with assisting individuals moving out of institutional settings and back into community-based, consumer-directed programs. All CILs offer information and referral services, independent living skills training, peer counseling, and individual and systems advocacy. In addition, many CILs provide services such as transportation, retrofitting homes, working with other agencies to find affordable, accessible housing, emergency preparation, as well as disability focused youth programs.