The Center for Independent Living Options (CILO) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing services for people with permanent disabilities in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. CILO was founded in 1977 by people with disabilities who wanted to provide a support system to help people with physical, sensory, cognitive, and/or psychological disabilities reach their greatest potential and independence. CILO is the oldest independent living center in Ohio and is governed, managed and staffed by a majority of professionals with disabilities who have an insight into the issues experienced by people with disabilities. Through five core services we empower people with disabilities to live productive, rewarding lives with pride and dignity.
Our mission is to break down architectural and attitudinal barriers, build bridges to understanding, and create options and choices in the continual process of empowerment of individuals with disabilities.
What is an Independent Living Center?
A Center for Independent Living (CIL) is a community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organization that is designed and operated by people with disabilities. CILs are unique in that they operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization. Centers for Independent Living were created by U.S. Congress in Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; today there are more than 400 CILS throughout the United States, funded with both public and private resources.
People with permanent physical, cognitive, sensory or psychological disabilities that substantially limit one or more major life activities (for example caring for one’s self, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, performing manual tasks, or learning) are eligible for CILO’s core services based on self-identification of their disability. Some ancillary services may require additional documentation related to a person’s disability.
Being homeless is difficult, especially if you have a disability. Through a coordinated entry and referral system, CILO can help people with disabilities into a stabilized environment. The criteria for these programs varies from state to state, please call a Housing Coordinator at one of the phone numbers below:
In Greater Cincinnati:
In Northern Kentucky:
859-341-4346 or 1-800-914-4647