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WVCIL is the statewide network of independent living centers in the state. The West Virginia Centers for Independent Living are advocacy resource centers for persons with disabilities and the communities in which they live. WVCIL members offer the four core independent living services (Information and Referral, Independent Living Skills Training, Advocacy, and Peer Support) as well as a variety of programs and a range of specialized services in their individual service areas. There are four Federally funded CILs, three CIL branch offices and a web-based virtual CIL in West Virginia.
ACIL is located in the Elk Office Center in Big Chimney, WV was established in October of 1982 as a component of the Multiple County Community Action Program known as "Multi-Cap". In 1993, due to the Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, ACIL split from "Multi-CAP" and became an autonomous entity. ACIL has a satellite office in Spencer, WV. Their coverage area includes: Kanawha, Clay, Putnam, Boone, Roane, Calhoun and Jackson counties of West Virginia.
NWVCIL is located in Morgantown. NWVCIL began as a program component of the Coordinating Council for Independent Living (CCIL) with a grant from the Benedum Foundation. In 1983 NWVCIL began receiving Title VII funds. In 1993, due to the Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, NWVCIL split from CCIL and became an autonomous entity doing business as the Northern WV Center for Independent Living. NWVCIL has satellite offices in Elkins and Martinsburg. Their coverage area includes: Monongalia, Marion, Preston, Doddridge, Harrison, Taylor, Gilmer, Lewis, Upshur, Barbour, Braxton, Randolph, Tucker, Berkeley, Jefferson, Hampshire and Morgan counties of West Virginia.
MTSTCIL was the first center for independent living in West Virginia and was established in Huntington, WV. The Center was first funded in 1980 and opened in October 1981. Their service area includes Cabell and Wayne counties. In 1988 Mountain State Centers for Independent Living opened its second center in Beckley, WV serving people with disabilities who live in Raleigh County.
In 2001 MTSTCIL received a grant from the WV Statewide Independent Living Council to develop the first virtual center for independent living in West Virginia.
The mission of the WV Centers for Independent Living is "To promote the interdependence, productivity and quality of life of individuals with disabilities through empowerment, integration and inclusion."
The vision of the WV Centers for Independent Living is "A world that respects all people, values diversity and guarantees choice, freedom, personal power, equal access and justice for all."