TACIL LOCATIONS

Select a county below for contact info:

LIFE/RUN - Crosby, Floyd Garza, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Terry
CBFL/BCCIL (HCIL) - Brazoria and Matagora Counties
Amarillo
Austin
Beaumont
Belton
CBCIL - Nueces County
Crockett
REACH - Dallas County
REACH - Denton County
VOLAR - El Paso County
REACH - Tarrant County
Houston
STAARS (VAIL) - Webb County
MHCIL - Galveston County
Lubbock
McAllen
Odessa
Palestine
REACH - Collin County
Round Rock
San Angelo
San Antonio
San Marcos
CBFL/FBCIL (HCIL) - Fort Bend County
Tyler

CIL PROJECTS AT A GLANCE

To learn more about our current initiatives select a project below:

AACE Project

Home By Choice Relocation Services (HBC)

Project Open House

Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA)




TACIL
5555 N. Lamar Suite J103
Austin, TX 78751
Phone: 512.374.0730
Phone: 512.371.7370


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MISSION STATEMENT

TACIL is a membership organization committed to promoting dignity, equality, inclusion and independence for all Texans with disabilities.

WHO IS TACIL?

TACIL is an acronym for Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living and is made up of member Centers. Each Center is represented by their respective Executive Director.

DEFINITION OF INDEPENDENT LIVING

Control over one’s life is based on the choice of options that minimize reliance on others in making decisions and in performing everyday activities. This includes managing one’s affairs, participating in day-to-day activities in the community, fulfilling a range of social roles and making decisions that lead to self-determination and the minimization of physical and psychological dependence on others.

CENTERS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

A Center for Independent Living (CIL) is defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, as a consumer controlled, community based, cross-disability, non-residential, private non-profit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities. Centers provide an array of independent living services as well as specific “Core Services” that include:

  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Peer Counseling/Support
  • Information and Referral
  • Individual and Systems Advocacy

CILs’ goals include assisting individuals with disabilities achieve their maximum potential within their families and communities.

Independent Living Centers serve as a strong advocacy voice on a wide range of national, state, and local level issues. They work to assure physical and programmatic access to housing, employment, education, communities, recreational facilities, and health and social services. These are just a few of the services offered.

For more information on the Rehabilitation Act: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/reg/narrative.html

TACIL GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The Texas Association of Centers for Independent Living has established a set of “Guiding Principles” to guide systems advocacy and service development activities in the following areas:

Issue A: Long Term Care Services
Issue B: Employment
Issue C: Civil Rights
Issue D: Housing
Issue E: Assistive Technology
Issue F: Health Care
Issue G: Transportation

A Center for Independent Living is defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, as a consumer controlled, community based, cross-disability, nonresidential, private nonprofit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities, and provides an array of independent living services. In the Rehabilitation Act, Congress authorized Centers for Independent Living to provide specific "core services" including: systems advocacy (efforts to promote systemic change to improve access and opportunities for people with disabilities). TACIL was established in response to our federal mandate to engage in systems advocacy on issues at the state and national level.

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