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Independent Living Skills

Wheelchair user shown in their kitchen preparing vegetables at the counter.

Centers for Independent Living teach a wide range of skills needed to live independently and manage life with a disability. Skills training is available to persons with disabilities in almost any topic where there is a need for more independence. CILs work with individuals to increase their skills which can help them gain more control of their lives.

Skills training can include basic everyday responsibilities such as: self-care, meal preparation, budgeting, and arranging transportation. It also can address housing needs, teaching individuals the importance of self-advocacy, one’s need for accommodations and/or rights in the community.

Life skills training is goal directed and does not involve long-term case management or therapeutic intervention.

Housing Assistance

Rhode Island is currently facing a housing shortage within our community. Though this process takes time, OSCIL is here to help.

OSCIL staff can assist you to discuss barriers to housing, accessibility needs and areas of preference. To be eligible the individual MUST be self-directed and have a disability. We can help individuals to apply for housing in their jurisdiction and areas of need.

If the person is not homeless, but is in need of services:

  • Housing applications can be submitted online a

  • More information is available from Rhode Island Housing: call 401-457-1234 or visit

  • Contact 2-1-1 to receive emails on vacant apartments throughout the state. Please be aware of rent, utilities and locations for safety.

  • Remember to check out your local real estate website and local newspaper.

If you or someone you know are homeless or in imminent danger of homeless, please call the Coordinated Entry System at 401-277-4316.


Their knowledgeable staff can assist you with shelter and housing resources based on a survey of your needs.

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm (weekend and holiday hours vary).

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