Overview of Centers for Independent Living & Administration for Community Living 

Pt. 1 Vlog Series: Centers for Independent Living – Transitioning to Adulthood 

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are community-based centers that are run by and for people with disabilities and offer a broad range of services to empower and enable people to stay in the community (ACL, 2020).  

Watch and listen as video blog (vlog) host, Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Extension Program Specialist for Special Populations at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, speaks with Pat Morse, LMSW, Program Manager for the Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living (BVCIL) about the importance of Centers for Independent Living (CIL) and highlights specific topics and resources for parents and caregivers.  

In part one of the nine-part vlog series, Ms. Morse provides an overview of CILs and Administration for Community Living (ACL) and explains the history and differences between the two agencies. Learn the importance of the ‘independent living philosophy,’ and the five core services under ACL. Ms. Morse also shares her experience with CILs and the relationship between national and state independent living councils.   

Stay tuned next month as the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration area shares part two of the vlog series where Dr. Mahadevan and Ms. Morse discuss the independent living philosophy and how parents and caregivers can prepare their child for independent living.  

 

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