Independent Living Services


Tell Me More about Independent Living Services

Independent living services are available to any individual who self-identifies as having any disability. At a minimum, these services include: information and referral, individual and systems advocacy, independent living skills training, cross disability peer counseling, and transition services (both out of assisted living facilities and for transition aged youth) and are provided by each of Colorado’s nine non-profit Centers for Independent Living (CILs). CILs work to support community living and independence based on the belief that all people with disabilities can live with dignity, make their own choices, and participate fully in society. 

The Office of Independent Living Services is a unit that resides within the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and oversees the State’s contracts with all nine CILs. These state contracts provide state and federal funding to CILs in order for them to provide independent living services at no-cost to individuals with disabilities in Colorado.


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

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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
  • SSI/SSDI Application Assistance
  • Assistance with employment
  • Rehabilitation technology
  • Mobility training
  • Interpreter and reader services
  • Personal assistance services
  • Community resource guides and directories
  • Transportation
  • Consumer information programs

Find Your Local Center for Independent Living


Atlantis Community (Denver)

Counties Served: Adams, Arapahoe, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson

https://atlantiscommunity.org/  (303) 733-9324 

Center for Independence (Grand Junction)

Counties Served: Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Gunnison, Hindsdale, Lake, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, San Miguel

http://cfigj.org/  (970) 241-0315

Center for People with Disabilities (Boulder)

Counties Served: Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Gilpin, Jefferson, Weld

https://cpwd.org/ (303) 442-8662

Center Toward Self-Reliance (Pueblo)

Counties Served:  Alamosa, Baca, Bent, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Mineral, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Saguache

http://www.ilcpueblo.org/  (719) 546-1271

Colorado Springs Independence Center (Colorado Springs)

Counties Served: Cheyenne, El Paso, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Park and Teller

https://www.theindependencecenter.org/  (719) 471-8181

Connections for Independent Living (Greeley)

Counties Served: Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld (shared) and Yuma

http://www.connectionscolorado.org  (970) 352-8682

Disabled Resource Services (Fort Collins)

Counties Served: Jackson and Larimer

http://www.disabledresourceservices.org  (970) 482-2700

NorthWest Colorado Center for Independence (Steamboat Springs)

Counties Served: Grand, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit

http://www.nwcci.org/  (970) 871-4838

Southwest Center for Independence (Durango)

Counties Served: Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan

https://swindependence.org/  (970) 259-1672

Get Help Applying for Disability Benefits in Colorado


Help Applying for SSI/SSDI

Did you know Centers for Independent Living can be a resource in helping individuals applying for SSI/SSDI?   

We can connect you with a Center for Independent Living in your area: Help Applying for Disability Benefits

Watch the video below or watch the Spanish version here to learn more!