The Road to Freedom
Starts Right Here!
Well we’ve circled our wagons
And rolled out our signs
Takin’ it to the streets
No more playin’ from behind
We’re preaching to the masses, everyone listen hear
The road to freedom
Starts right here
CILs deserve a 21st Century Investment
A National Project by the Association of Programs For Rural Independent Living
As Centers for Independent Living go about our daunting work seeking to change the world into a place where each of us can participate fully in all that it means to be a full, equal citizen, we often crash abruptly into the reality that the resources available to us do not align with our collective mission.
Whether we represent centers edging up to their 40th birthday, or centers that came of age in the era of ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), few of us have what we need to fulfill both our vision for an equitable world, to ensure the quality provision of services federal law demands of us.
For more than 20 years, there has been a consistent and coordinated—and periodically successful— national effort to convince policy makers to increase the level of funding, or public investment, which centers receive. Read More
Historic moment for Independent Living
On July 9, 2014, the US House of Representatives passed a bill reauthorizing workforce education law by a vote of 415-6.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which governs billions in federal spending on job training, passed the Senate last month and now heads to President Barack Obama's desk. It was carefully negotiated by Democrats and Republicans in both chambers prior to being introduced.
The bill reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act, which was enacted in 1998 and has not been updated since. It eliminates several programs, gives governors more flexibility to use federal funding and aims to boost participation in the workforce for young people with disabilities.
The Rehabilitation Act is contained in WIOA. Specifically, improvements to Independent Living in this bill include:
- Independent Living Programs will move to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- A fifth core service will be added: transition
- SILC activities will be improved and include resource development
- SPIL sign-off will now include CIL Directors
- States will choose their ‘designated state entity’ (formerly known as the DSU). The DSUs will remain the same for the “723 states” of Massachusetts and Minnesota.