Boston Center for Independent Living

Boston Center for Independent Living

Contact Information

Main Contact: Bill Henning


Phone Number: (617) 338-6665


Address: 60 Temple Place, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02111

Our Mission

BCIL’s individual services and systemic advocacy address a number of areas critical to people with disabilities, including housing, healthcare, employment, long-term care, transportation, adaptive technology, communications, civil rights law, and education. In keeping with the disability rights slogan “Nothing about us without us,” 70% of our staff and board are people with disabilities. We bring both personal and professional experience to our work – we know the disability community, we are the disability community. Since 1974, BCIL has empowered persons with disabilities to become more independent while advocating for their rights on the local, state, and federal levels. We rallied around the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. This legislation is the foundation of our efforts to improve municipal access in the city of Boston, and the basis for our settlement with the MBTA to create system-wide accessibility. We have also worked to pass legislation that will create better working conditions for PCAs and programs that generate more affordable, accessible housing for people with disabilities throughout Greater Boston.

The Boston Center for Independent Living is a frontline civil rights organization led by people with disabilities that advocates to eliminate discrimination, isolation and segregation by providing advocacy, information and referral, peer support, skills training, PCA services, and transitional services in order to enhance the independence of people with disabilities.