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.

Mission Statement

To empower people with disabilities by supporting the individual and their community with the skills
and knowledge to live independently.

Vision Statement

Growth. Compassion. Opportunity

Connecting the community to its people,
promoting independent living.
educating and facilitating accessibility,
pioneering integrative leadership.


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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!   Call us at 815-625-7860 or email us at frontdesk@nicil.org for the latest schedule.  PA Orientations are at least 4 times per month at NICIL.  Call us!

PA Classes Scheduled every month!

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. PA Orientations happen 2-4 times every month with Zoom options for those with the NICIL five (5) county area of:  Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside counties. We offer an evening class as well as a Saturday option for those who have other obligations during the day.  An advance application is required. Working with the individual in their homes is very helpful and much appreciated.  The PA duties are not only rewarding, but you earn $17.25 per hour.  There is even healthcare benefits for those who qualify. Would you like our latest PA Orientation schedule or more information?  Contact us at 815-625-7860 or email us at frontdesk@nicil.org We will be happy to email you an application and answer questions!  Call us!

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.