The Center for Independent Living, Inc. (TheCIL) emerged from the independent living movement of the 1960s as a powerful social catalyst on the University of California at Berkeley campus. There, Ed Roberts, Hale Zukas, and Jan McEwan Brown joined forces to lead a movement that made the full academic and social life of the college accessible to all. In 1972, these students joined community members to incorporate as the Center for Independent Living, Inc.
TheCIL’s peer-based services were so successful that today TheCIL is the model for roughly 400 independent living centers nationwide and similar programs in 20 countries.
This information is taken directly from the CIL Berkeley website and much more is available online. The website is amazing and helps you in all kinds of ways. There are videos, sports activities for you to explore and participate in using a wheelchair or a walker.