The CIL introduces students to programming under an umbrella term: PEER (Projects for Education, Employment & Recreation) to encourage children and young adults to advocate for themselves, and live a self determined life.
Many high-schoolers with disabilities are actively being dissuaded from pursuing courses in physical education and hard sciences that require laboratory, gym, or field work by school administrators and parents alike. The cost of accessible gym equipment or converting a laboratory so that it is fully accessible is often very high, and the school will likely be unwilling to fully accommodate the student. Students quickly become discouraged and may turn their attention to a more attainable degree that does not as well suit their skill set or interests.
The PEER program has hosted the Harlem Globetrotters to play wheelchair basketball with youth in Berkeley and Oakland. The program also partners with local school districts, Silicon Valley corporations, and universities to provide kids with disabilities an opportunity to experience the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.