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Statewide Independent Living

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To aid Ohioans with severe physical disabilities in their quest for independence, OOD partners with the Independent Living Network to provide services and support to help people live independently.

The IL Network includes the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC) and Center for Independent Living (CIL). The OSILC is a 19 member council that is a majority of individuals with significant disabilities that represents the entire state of Ohio. The OSILC develops, monitors, and evaluates the State Plan for Independent Living. The OSILC also provides technical assistance to the CILs, as well as assistance in developing a statewide network of CILs. More information about OSILC can be found at www.ohiosilc.org

Ohio has 12 locally managed CILs that provide services to assist people with significant disabilities to live independently in the community of their choosing. Services include information and referral, advocacy, peer support, skills training, nursing home and institution transition to the community, youth transition, and diversion from nursing home or institutional living.

Centers for Independent Living (CIL)

Every CIL provides services in the following 5 core areas:

  1. Information and referral services;
  2. Independent Living (IL) skills training;
  3. Peer support;
  4. Individual and systems advocacy;
  5. Transition services.

In addition to the five core areas of service, some CILs are able to provide additional services in surrounding counties. Listed below is information regarding additional services offered by CILs.

For more information or to find center locations, visit the Centers for Independent living website.