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What is Disability Network/Michigan?

Disability Network/Michigan is a collaborative organization representing Centers for Independent Living (CILs) throughout the state. Disability Network/Michigan works to: 

  1. Assist CILs in building the capacity to serve their local communities.
  2. Provide information, technical assistance, staff trainings and program support to CILs.
  3. Advocate at the state and national level for disability issues.
  4. Promote the independent living philosophy both within the disability community and among the general public.
  5. Bring the CILs together to work collectively; resulting in a stronger network and stronger individual CILs.

What is Independent Living?

Independent Living (IL) means being in control of your own life, taking responsibility for your actions, taking risks and either failing or succeeding on your own terms. It means participating in community life.

For more information on Independent Living Philosophy please click here.

What are Centers for Independent Living?

Centers for Independent Living are the first stop for people with disabilities and their families. They are grassroots, community based non-profit organizations run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities.

CILs are unique because they serve the entire disability population. Through peer advocacy and support, CILs work with and on behalf of people with disabilities. CILs support people of all ages to preserve their right to fully participate in society. CILs work to:

  1. Amplify the voice of people with disabilities and their families through individual and systems advocacy.
 2. Connect individuals with community resources and support.

Each CIL is unique and program offerings can vary. However, most CIL services also include:

  1. Relocation from institutions to community-based living
  2. School to work transition
  3. Individual and Systems Advocacy 
  4. Information and Referral Services
  5. Independent Living Skill Development
  6. Peer Support and Mentoring
  7. Employment Supports
  8. Assistive Technology and Workplace Accomodations
  9. Benefits Assistance