Centers for Independent Living – Advocacy & Self-Determination

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 CILs and highlights specific topics and resources for parents and caregivers.

In part four of the nine-part vlog series, Ms. Morse discusses how CILs facilitate advocacy skills and strategies on self-determination and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Don’t forget to catch up on all the episodes so far by clicking below.

Stay tuned next month as the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration area shares part five of the vlog series where our host and guest speaker discuss CILs and employment services and support for individuals with disabilities.

*Additional resources for providers and caregivers at: CIL Vlog Resources by Category