Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission is to advocate for and with persons with a disability to exercise their right to full participation in society.

The Mission embodies the philosophy that individuals with disabilities are empowered to exercise their right to full participation in society through individual and systems advocacy, through the provision of quality consumer controlled services.

CILWW Staff

Serving people with disabilities, their families, and the community in which they live.

The Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin, Inc. (CILWW) is a community-based, non-residential, private non-profit agency that is staffed and governed by people with disabilities. Our focus is to empower people in making choices that maintain or increase their independence. We serve people with disabilities, their families, and the community in which they live.

We also work with area businesses and service providers that need assistance in responding to the needs of people with disabilities. CILWW is a non-residential, consumer-controlled center operated by a skilled Staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers composed primarily of people with disabilities. Their knowledge and experience provide a wide base of expertise for assisting consumers.

CILWW offers an array of services and will work with anyone who has a disability, regardless of age. Our services include such areas as advocacy, independent living skills training, information and referral, peer support, transition, assistive technology, accessibility, benefits analysis, and transportation.

What we believe

We believe that a person with a disability has the right to choose where and how they want to live and to be responsible for their choices. Our focus is to empower consumers in making choices that maintain or increase their independence.

Our commitment

CILWW advocates for the full participation in society of all persons with disabilities. Our strategy is to provide consumer-driven services at no cost to persons with disabilities in Western Wisconsin.

An Independent Living Center

Independent Living Centers are non-residential, private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations providing services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Their goal is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential within their families and communities.

Mission of CILWW

The mission of the Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin, Inc., is to advocate for and with persons with a disability to exercise their right to full participation in society.

Our vision

The Mission embodies the philosophy that individuals with disabilities are empowered to exercise their right to full participation in society through individual and systems advocacy, through the provision of quality consumer controlled services.

Our philosophy is grounded in these values:

Disability is an expected natural condition of life.

The issues that persons with disabilities have in common override issues that mark their differences.

Those organizations that share CILWW values and support the rights and empowerment of persons with disabilities are welcome collaborative partners.

A majority of management, staff, and Board are persons with disabilities.

Any person, of any disability, of any age, can request CILWW services, regardless of income.

CILWW advocates for a full range of options and community-based services to allow individuals to fully participate in the community of their choice.

Our service area

CILWW provides services for people with disabilities living in Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, and St. Croix counties. Click here for a map of our service area >

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Over the past three decades, we have grown from a handful of advocates and the Centers they represent into a force of thousands of people with disabilities from Centers for Independent Living.