ABOUT US

Learn about The Center for Independent Living, the first Independent Living Center in the country.

WHAT IS

THE CIL?

The Center for Independent Living (The CIL) provides advocacy and services that increase awareness, collaboration, and opportunity among people with disabilities and the community at large.

The CIL's programs provide people with skills, knowledge, and resources that empower them to eliminate damaging and stereotypical notions of disability so that they are able to strive toward realizing their full human potential.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, 

BE YOUR OWN NORMAL?

The CIL feels it is a virtue for a slogan to be open for some interpretation. We want folks’ respective and unique perspectives to inform the slogan’s meaning. That said, what The CIL means by Be Your Own Normal is that people (all people, with or without disabilities) should be free to follow their own path, to decide for themselves who they are and what they want to be and do.  We want people to feel unconstrained by anyone else’s notion of normalcy and not feel pressure to be or act a certain way in order to conform to others’ ideas and expectations. For us, Be Your Own Normal is a slogan that celebrates freedom and autonomy.

STAFF

Executive Director

Patti Sharkey

Finance Director

Thomas Gregory

Deputy Director

VISIT US

3075 Adeline Street, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA. 94703
2490 Mariner Square Loop, Suite 210 Alameda, CA. 94501
1470 Fruitvale Avenue
Oakland, CA. 94601

Center for Independent Living, Inc.

Phone: 510-841-4776
Video Phone: 510-356-2662
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Fruitvale
1470 Fruitvale Avenue 
Oakland, CA. 94601
Berkeley
3075 Adeline Street, Suite 100 
Berkeley, CA. 94703
Alameda 
2490 Mariner Square Loop, Suite 210
Alameda, CA. 94501

©2019 Center For Independent Living

Center for Independent Living is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.

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