Office of Independent Living Services

The Centers for Independent Living (CIL) in Colorado help to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, and to promote and maximize the integration and full inclusion of individuals with significant disabilities into the mainstream of American society. To do this, DVR contracts with nine centers for independent living statewide. The Centers maintain their autonomy from the state and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, as required by law, and are important partners to the work DVR does.

The purpose of Centers for Independent Living (CIL) is to promote a philosophy of independent living including consumer control, peer support, self help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy. 

Do you need help applying for disability benefits such as SSI or SSDI? Did you know Centers for Independent Living can be a resource in helping individuals applying for SSI/SSDI?  Contact a Center for Independent Living to learn how they can assist.  

Centers for Independent Living

Core Services

These Centers for Independent Living are consumer-driven and community-based private, nonprofit agencies. Each provides an array of independent living services for people with disabilities, including but not limited to visual impairments, hearing impairments, physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities and cognitive disabilities. Each center provides core services:

  • Information and referral
  • Individual and systems advocacy
  • Independent living skills training
  • Cross disability peer counseling
  • Transition services for youth, people leaving nursing homes or at risk of entering nursing homes

Other CIL Services

Other services are also available that may be necessary to improve the ability of an individual with a significant disability to function, continue functioning, or move toward functioning independently in the family or community or to continue in employment.

CIL Services May Include:

  • Counseling
  • Housing
  • Assistance with employment
  • Rehabilitation technology
  • Mobility training
  • Interpreter and reader services
  • Personal assistance services
  • Community resource guides and directories
  • Transportation
  • Consumer information programs

Securing Employment and Economic Security (SEEKS) Grant

SEEKS is designed to better understand what helps individuals with disabilities to:

  • Improve employment and education outcomes
  • Increase monthly income
  • Expand community participation