History of CIL Movement

Evolved in the 1970’s

What is Independent Living

Independent Living is about having the freedom to have the same choices that everyone.

Independent Living is about having the freedom to have the same choices that everyone else has in housing, transportation, education and employment. Independent living is about choosing what aspects of social, economic and political life people want to participate in. Independent living is about having control over your life, to have a family, to get a job, to participate socially and to realise your goals and dreams...

Edward Verne Roberts

American disability rights activist who is considered the founder of the independent-living movement.

Ed Roberts was an international leader and educator in the independent living and disability rights movements. He fought throughout his life to enable all persons with disabilities to fully participate in society. Ed was a true pioneer: he was the first student with significant disabilities to attend UC Berkeley. His example continues to inspire and motivate disability advocates everywhere. He was a founder of UC’s Physically Disabled Students Program, which became the model for Berkeley’s Center for Independent Living (CIL) and over 400 other centers across the country...

CIL’s in Ireland

The first Irish Centre for Independent Living was established in 1992.Dublin.

The first CIL in Ireland, CIL Carmichael House, was incorporated on 27 March 1992, today there are 18 CILs in Ireland. This CIL was established by and for disabled people with the main aim that disabled people achieved Independent Living, choice and control over their lives and full participation in society as equal citizens. Michael McCabe opened the Blanchardstown Center for Independent Living in 1994...

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The board of BCIL state that the recommendations that were made by the HSE have been fully implemented and the that the board and management of BCIL have changed since the issues mentioned in audit by the HSE.

The government uses public finances to protect those who need it most, through social inclusion schemes and financial benefits.

Find information on public consultations held by government departments and local authorities.