NICIL is a non-profit, non-residential Center for Independent Living (CIL) that emulates the Independent Living Philosophy with a mission that promotes an accessible society that allows and expects full participation by people with disabilities. We service the following Illinois counties: Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties since 1985.


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New Leaf Training

April 2022 We are very excited to feature our Workshop: New Leaf Training. This workshop is being presented by our partner Equip for Equality. Here is how to register: REGISTRATION REQUIREDVisit www.equipforequality.org/register This is a Zoom presentation on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. See the flyer attached!

We have a new class catalog for Spring/Summer.

March 2022 These feature fun and innovative classes that you and your friend might enjoy! Review, then call us for your reservation. We will give you all the details on how to register for the class. Prices are lower to encourage participation. Call us soon! Click here for the NICIL Spring 2022 Catalog

Join the NICIL Team!

We have an opening on the NICIL team!  We are seeking a full-time Program Coordinator.  See all the information about this position and the requirements by clicking here! The application process is open until noon on December 2, 2021. Join our small but mighty team serving NW Illinois!

Personal Assistant: Is this the right position for me?

Being a Personal Assistant (PA) is a very rewarding career for the right person! The PA’s have a very important task! Each PA is responsible for helping an individual with disabilities live independently in their own home. Duties may include meal preparation, bathing, dressing, grooming, laundry, light housekeeping, and more. Each individual person has a service plan developed just for them. This is where the PA’s come in! The PA’s are the people responsible for helping to get this work done daily and assist in keeping the consumer living independently! NICIL and all the Centers for Independent Living (CIL’s) recruit, train, and match the consumers with the PA’s on our Registry. We are busy! Daily we receive requests for PA lists. We match the PA’s on our Registry with the needs of the consumer and the list goes out. Still not sure if this is right for you? First, answer these questions: Are you reliable and willing to work? Are you passionate about helping others stay independent? Do you care about and enjoy working with individuals? Are you willing to respect the home of your employer (the consumer?) If you said yes to these questions, then maybe you should think about this very rewarding career. Register for the next PA Orientation class and see for yourself what being a PA is all about!

Classes Scheduled every month!

Our Personal Assistant (PA) Orientation prepares you for a new career as a Personal Assistant, one of the most rewarding jobs that an individual can have. Classes happen frequently (generally every month), but an advance application is required. PA duties are not only rewarding, but you earn $15.50 per hour with healthcare benefits.

Help Us Help Others

Our pledge is to cordially assist all persons with disabilities in an efficient compassionate and compliant manner while seeking out agency growth opportunities.