Empowering people with disabilities since 1977

Independence Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides services for people with physical, sensory, cognitive, and/or psychological disabilities in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Our organization was founded in 1977 and operated as CILO until July of 2024, when we became Independence Alliance.  This name change represents our passion for assisting people with disabilities to reach their goals and live independently, and signifies the partnership that connects our organization to those we serve, and the wider community.

Independence Alliance is governed, managed and staffed by a majority of professionals with disabilities who have an insight into the issues experienced by people with disabilities. Through the five core services of an Independent living center along with other programs, we empower people with disabilities to live productive, rewarding lives with pride and dignity. 

This project, funded in part by a grant from Greater Cincinnati Foundation, will provide home modifications that will assure a safe and accessible environment for people with disabilities so they can live as independently as possible. 

Independence Alliance is a consumer controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities.

Our Mission

Independence Alliance empowers people with disabilities to lead independent and inclusive lives in the community.

Our Values

Financial Sustainability
Independent Living Philosophy

Our Vision

Independence Alliance is a recognized leader of quality and innovative services that promote independent living for people with disabilities.

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What is an Independent Living Center?

A Center for Independent Living (CIL) is a community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organization that is designed and operated by people with disabilities. CILs are unique in that they operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization. Centers for Independent Living were created by U.S. Congress in Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; today there are more than 400 CILS throughout the U.S., funded with both public and private resources.

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Am I eligible for Independence Alliance Services?

People with permanent physical, cognitive, sensory or psychological disabilities that substantially limit one or more major life activities (for example caring for one’s self, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, performing manual tasks, or learning) are eligible for Independence Alliance’s core services based on self-identification of their disability. Some ancillary services may require additional documentation related to a person’s disability.

More About Independence Alliance Services

Independence Alliance is funded in part by:

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Administration for Community Living
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Kentucky Housing Corporation