Island Center for Independent Living, Inc. (LICIL) is a
not-for-profit, non-residential advocacy center controlled by
and serving persons with disabilities. Since its opening in
1980, LICIL has worked with thousands of Long Islanders with
disabilities and their families and has also been a unique
resource for other professionals who provide disability related
services. Our Centerís mission is to promote empowerment through
education, information and rallying behind issues that directly
impact the daily lives of persons with disabilities. LICIL
effectively serves people of all ages and across all disability
experiences, whether lifelong or acquired.
Born out of
the Independent Living Movement, which took root in the 1960ís
and 1970ís, LICIL is driven by a core social philosophy that
emphasizes personal responsibility and individual choice. The
Independent Living concept also affirms that environmental
hurdles and outdated public opinions are the barriers that have
long inhibited the progress of individuals with disabilities.
LICIL aims to function as a catalyst to combat these issues and
bring about much needed change to fully include persons with
disabilities into the fabric of American life.
One of 41
Independent Living Centers operating in New York State, LICIL is
governed by a board of directors, which includes a minimum of 51
percent of persons with disabilities. The Centerís day-to-day
services are provided primarily by professional staff members
who are disabled themselves.
LICIL Mission Statement
The Long Island Center for Independent Living, Inc. (LICIL) is a
not-for-profit, organization established by and serving Nassau
County residents for over 30 years by empowering people with
disabilities through education, information and advocacy.
Examples of services available include non-directive Peer
Counseling, Information and Referral, individualized Advocacy,
Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP), Hispanic
Outreach Services (HOS), Housing Information, Benefits
Advisement, Disabled Veterans Assistance, Aging in Place, an
Equipment Loan Bank, Limited Transportation, the LICIL Living
Library and Technical Assistance to ensure compliance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).