- On-Site Medical Staff
- Chef Prepared Meals
- Dietary Accommodations
- Transportation Services
- Laundry Service
- 24-Hour Staff
- Medication Management
- Planned Activities
- Pet Friendly
- Multiple Floor Plans
- Private Rooms
- Fitness Center
- Activity Space
- Theater Room
- Beauty Salon
- Outdoor Patio
- Walking Paths
- Free Wi-Fi
- Senior Living
- Assisted Living
- Independent Living
- Memory Care
- Nursing Home
- At-Home Care
- Respite Care
The Center for Independent Living Options, Inc. (CILO) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides services for people with physical, sensory, cognitive, and/or psychological disabilities in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. CILO was founded in 1977 by people with disabilities who desired a support system to help people with permanent disabilities reach their greatest potential and independence.
CILO is governed, managed and staffed by a majority of professionals with disabilities who have an insight into the issues experienced by people with disabilities. Through the five core services of an independent living center along with other programs, we empower people with disabilities to live productive, rewarding lives with pride and dignity.
What is an Independent Living Center?
A Center for Independent Living (CIL) is a community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organization that is designed and operated by people with disabilities. CILs are unique in that they operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization. Centers for Independent Living were created by U.S. Congress in Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; today there are more than 400 CILS throughout the U.S., funded with both public and private resources.
What is Independent Living?
Independent Living Philosophy
In 1961, Ed Roberts was determined to attend the University of California at Berkley in spite of his severe disability related to contracting polio as a teenager. Influenced by the civil rights movement and the peer support model, Roberts formed a student organization to work for the barrier removal and support services for students with disabilities so that they could live independently while attending school. Ed Roberts is often referred to as the “father of independent living”.
What is a Center for Independent Living (CIL)
A Center for Independent Living (CIL) is a community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organization that is designed and operated by people with disabilities. CILs are unique in that they operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization. Centers for Independent Living were created by U.S. Congress in Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; today there are more than 400 CILS throughout the United States, funded with both public and private resources. The core values of independent living are dignity, peer support, consumer control, civil rights, integration, equal access, and advocacy.
How does a CIL differ from other service organizations?
Centers for Independent Living are unique in that they are governed, managed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities. This is defined as “consumer control”, one of the CIL core values. Unlike other service providers, CILs believe that people with disabilities are in the best position to understand what services are needed, and how to assist and advocate in the independent living process. CILs utilize the term “consumer” rather than “client” in order to denote this peer relationship.
Am I eligible for CILO Services?
People with permanent physical, cognitive, sensory or psychological disabilities that substantially limit one or more major life activities (for example caring for one’s self, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, performing manual tasks, or learning) are eligible for CILO’s core services based on self-identification of their disability. Some ancillary services may require additional documentation related to a person’s disability.
We advocate for people with disabilities who wish to lead independent and productive lives by generating awareness, engaging in positive action and creating needed change to laws and programs. We address issues such as access to affordable housing and transportation, reasonable accommodations in the workplace, or access to public buildings.
Independent Living Skills
Interactive classes, workshops and activities that offer Independent Living Skills training is offered to help each person develop and strengthen the skills they feel are most important to improve or maintain their ability to live independently.
People with disabilities give and receive help based on the knowledge that comes through shared experiences. Peer support can take place in weekly groups or 1:1.
Information & Referral
CILO connects people with disabilities and their families to valuable resources in the community by providing information or making a referral. Every day we connect people to government agencies, local programs, other organizations or vendors and suppliers that assist people with disabilities to lead an independent and inclusive life.
Youth Transition Services
CILO facilitates the Instruction in Self-Advocacy and Workplace Readiness Training modules of Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). These free 1:1 skill-building services are intended to prepare students with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 21 for their transition to adulthood. Instruction includes building self-confidence, practicing effective communication skills, identifying appropriate career interests, encouraging successful decision-making, setting goals, learning how to take responsibility and more. Services are primarily provided during the school year, typically during the student’s school day and are coordinated with the special education teacher. When schools are out for the summer or during breaks, instruction can take place in an alternate setting including via Zoom.
CILO provides affordable housing opportunities and the supportive services needed to secure affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness (You must be referred to CILO through a coordinated entry system, we do not do direct intakes). Enrollment in a housing program can provide limited deposit assistance, rental subsidies and targeted support services.
CILO works with consumers on an individual basis to develop their independent living plan and provide information and assistance as it relates to disability benefits, employment, education, public access, etc.
Ohio Personal Care Assistance Program
CILO facilitates this Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) program to assist people with severe disabilities to achieve greater independence. The PCA Program does not hire attendants/aides; rather, OOD provides the funding so that eligible individuals may hire and manage the attendant/aide who may best meet their needs. Participants are subsequently reimbursed by OOD for the approved number of hours of personal care assistance services.
Kentucky Personal Care Attendant Program
This state-funded program of the Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living is administered through CILO. This program allows the person participating in the program to hire and manage the attendant that best meets their needs and allows them to remain in their homes with the greatest possible independence. Accepted applicants are reimbursed by CILO for the approved number of hours of attendant services.
The Center for Independent Living Options (CILO) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing services for people with permanent disabilities in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
CILO was founded in 1977 by people with disabilities who wanted to provide a support system to help people with physical, sensory, cognitive, and/or psychological disabilities reach their greatest potential and independence. CILO is the oldest independent living center in Ohio and is governed, managed and staffed by a majority of professionals with disabilities who have an insight into the issues experienced by people with disabilities.
Through five core services we empower people with disabilities to live productive, rewarding lives with pride and dignity.