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LEAD PARTNERS National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)

June 30, 2014

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is a national partner of the LEAD Center. NCIL is the oldest national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.

NCIL’s mission is to advance independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

An outcome of the national disability rights and independent living movements, NCIL was founded to embody the values of disability culture and the independent living philosophy, which creates a new social paradigm and emphasizes that people with disabilities are the best experts on their own needs, that they have crucial and valuable perspectives to contribute to society, and are deserving of equal opportunities to decide how to live, work and take part in their communities.

Since its inception, NCIL has carried out its mission by assisting member CILs and SILCs in building their capacity to promote social change, eliminate disability-based discrimination, and create opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in the legislative process to affect change. NCIL promotes a national advocacy agenda set by its membership and provides input and testimony on national disability policy.

NCIL’s vision of equality, unfortunately, has not yet been fully realized. As a membership organization, NCIL needs the support of the nation’s advocates in order to achieve its goals and advance the disability rights movement.

For more information about NCIL, visit their website at ncil.org