What is a Center for Independent Living?

An old photo of people using wheelchairs who are advocating for their rights. A sign is attached to the back of a wheelchair that reads "We Shall Overcome".
The term "center for independent living" means a consumer‑controlled, community‑based, cross‑disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living services.

Meet Thelma Brown

A woman in a pink shirt smiles. A walker is in the foreground.
Though Brown had Medicare, she didn’t have secondary insurance and the bills piled up. She didn’t have the funds for equipment she needed after surgery – a walker, bath chair, mobile chair and a ramp at her hour.


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