Mission and History of CIL Berkeley

Joyce Bender from the podcast, Disability Matters, welcomes Stuart James, executive director of the Center for Independent Living (CIL) in Berkeley, California.    Mr. James will discuss the mission of the CIL, which provides services, support, and advocacy to enhance the rights and abilities of people with disabilities to actively participate in their communities and to live self-determined lives.

The CIL emerged from the independent living movement of the 1960’s as a powerful social catalyst on the University of California at Berkeley campus. There, Ed Roberts, Hale Zukas, and Jan McEwan Brown joined forces to lead a movement that made the full academic and social life of the college accessible to all. In 1972, these students along with community members formally incorporated as the Center for Independent Living, Inc.