What Is NICIL?

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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Illinois COVID 19 Response Funds (ICRF)

NICIL has been awarded as a recipient of a small amount of funds to use for distri...

Elected Officials

Elected officials are people who are voted on and chosen by the people.  These peopl...

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Personal Assistant Orientation Class

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Our Services

Supporting Independent Living in Northwestern Illinois since 1985! We have only just begun!


NICIL will advocate for the implementation of current laws, promotion of needed legislation and improvement of existing systems for people with disabilities while working to diminish negative

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Peer Support

NICIL has a deep understanding of the needs and solutions to advance the lives of people with disabilities. At NICIL a majority of our staff and board of directors have a disability.

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NICIL responds to inquiries from people with disabilities, family members, other service providers, the business community and the general public on programs, resources and other issues related to disabilities.

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Skills Training

NICIL’s Independent Living Skills Training empowers people with disabilities to attain new skills and techniques so they are able to participate in daily living, recreational/social opportunities, and vocational/volunteering activities.

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Transition Services

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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.

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