Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
The Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL) is a Twin Cities metro-based, non-profit 501.c.3 consumer-directed organization founded in 1981. MCIL is dedicated to the full promotion of the Independent Living (IL) philosophy by supporting individuals with disabilities in their personal efforts to pursue self-directed lives. Being “consumer-directed” means that the majority of decision-making employees and members of our board of directors are individuals with disabilities. MCIL is committed to promoting this IL philosophy through innovative projects and direct services that meet the needs of MCIL consumers.
The Independent Living philosophy was created out of a 1970’s movement of self-advocates, individuals with disabilities, who desired greater personal control over the decisions being made for and about them. These advocates also saw a need for a separation in perception and reality from the medical model approach to service delivery that continued to see people with disabilities as dependent, subordinate and incapable of controlling their own lives.