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About Disability Network/Michigan member Centers for Independent Living 

  • Disability Network/ Michigan member CILs are consumer driven, community based, cross disability organizations that promote independence and self determination for people with disabilities. They are consumer driven because people with disabilities form a majority of their governing boards, as well as a majority of their staffs and a majority of individuals in decision making positions. They are "community based" because they are designed and operated by people with disabilities within their local communities.


    The goal of CILs is to assure that people with disabilities have the services and supports essential to make informed choices, to have personal control over their own lives, and to participate to the fullest extent possible in the everyday activities of work, home, family, and community.


    CILs are authorized under Title VII of the federal Rehabilitation Act and are supported by funding from a variety of federal, state, and local sources. They provide an array of Independent Living (IL) services and supports tailored to the needs identified by the local disability community. CIL community development activities remove barrier to independence and increase local options available to people with disabilities. They include:
  1. Community needs assessment,
  2. Interagency coordination,
  3. Systems advocacy for needed community change (especially the development of needed services resources),
  4. Technical assistance to other organizations and agencies on disability matters,
  5. Public information and education, and 
  6. Outreach to unserved and underserved consumers.

CIL direct services “empower” people with disabilities to take responsibility for their own lives, achieve personal goals, and become more effective members of their families and communities. They include the IL core services of:

  1. Advocacy,
  2. Information & Referral,
  3. School to Work Transition,
  4. Peer Support,
  5. IL Skills Support, and
  6. Transition to Community Based Living

Based upon consumer and community needs, CILs additionally provide other needed services not available within the community.

Eligibility: People with disabilities of all ages and characteristics are eligible for IL services.

CIL Locations: There are currently 15 CILs in Michigan. They are located in:

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
3941 Research Park Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
734-971-0277 (Voice)
734-971-0310 (TDD)
734-971-0826 (Fax)
www.aacil.org
 
 
Disability Network Oakland & Macomb
16645 15 Mile Road
Clinton Township, MI  48035
586-268-4160 (Voice)
800-284-2457 (Toll Free/TTY)
586-285-9942 (Fax)
www.dnom.org
 
Disability Network Wayne County-Detroit
5555 Conner, Suite #2224
Detroit, MI  48213
313-923-1655 (Voice)
313-923-1404 (Fax)
www.dnwayne.org
 
The Disability Network
3600 S. Dort Highway, Suite #54
Flint, MI  48507-2054
810-742-1800 (voice)
810-742-7647 (TDD) 
800-232-6040 (Toll Free)
810-742-2400 (Fax)
www.disnetwork.org
 
Disibility Advocates of Kent County
3600 Camelot Dr., SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
616-949-1100 (voice/TDD) 
616-949-7865 (Fax)
www.dakc.us
 
Disability Network Lakeshore
426 Century Lane
Holland, MI  49423
616-396-5326 (Voice)
616-396-3220 (Fax) 
www.dnlakeshore.org
 
Disability Network Southwest MI
Kalamazoo, Branch, Barry, Calhoun, Van Buren, St. Joseph
517 E. Crosstown Parkway
Kalamazoo, MI  49001
269-345-1516 (Voice)
269-345-5925 (TTY)
800-394-7450 (Toll Free)
269-345-0229 (Fax)
www.dnswm.org
 
disAbility Connections
409 Linden Ave.
Jackson, MI  49203
517-782-6054 (Voice)
517-782-3118 (Fax)
www.disabilityconnect.org
 
Capital Area Center for Independent Living
2812 N Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Lansing, MI  48906
517-999-2760 (Voice)
517-999-2727(Fax) 
www.cacil.org
 
Superior Alliance for Independent Living
1200 Wright ST, Suite 3
Marguette, MI  49855
906-228-5744 (Voice)
800-379-7245 (Toll Free)
906-228-5573 (Fax)
www.upsail.com
 
Disability Network of Mid-Michigan
1705 S. Saginaw Rd
Midland, MI  48640
989-835-4041 (Voice)
800-782-4160 (Toll Free)
989-835-8121 (Fax)
www.dnmm.org
 
Disability Connection
27 E. Clay Avenue
Muskegon, MI  49442
231-722-0088 (Voice)
231-722-0066 (Fax)
www.dcilmi.org
 
Blue Water Center for Independent Living
1042 Griswold St., Suite 2
Port Huron, MI  48060
810-987-9337 (Voice/TDD)
800-527-2167 (Toll Free)
810-987-9548 (Fax)
www.bwcil.org
 
Disability Network Northern Michigan
415 E. Eight St.
Traverse City, MI 49684
231-922-0903 (Voice)
231-922-2597 (Fax)
866-869-8600 (Toll Free) 
www.disabilitynetwork.org
 
Disability Network/Southwest Michigan
Berrien & Cass
2900 Lakeview Ave
St. Joseph, MI 49085
269-985-0111
877-674-5209
www.dnswm.org
 
  • Thousands of people with disabilities are able to function as more independent members of their families and communities due to the efforts of local CILs. Increasing sensitivity to abilities, needs, and human dignity of people with disabilities testifies to the success of CIL advocacy efforts. There continues to be a critical need for funding to expand IL services and supports to currently unserved Michigan communities.