Technical Assistance for Independent Living Centers

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This site serves as a starting point for those seeking assistance operating and managing independent living centers within the State of California. This is an informational resource only, which provides contact information for government agencies and other sources of technical assistance. Listing here is not an endorsement of the organization or its webcontent.

Independent living centers should contact the designated point of contact assigned to your center or the Independent Living and Assistive Technology Section of the California Department of Rehabilitation with questions regarding the content provided on this site or for additional guidance and support.

Independent Living Information & Resources

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.

California Foundation for Independent Living

A non-profit organization operated by and for persons with disabilities, ensuring the rights of people with disabilities to live independently and fully integrated in the community. Provides information, training and peer support that would enable individual centers to improve their effectiveness in creating positive change in their local communities. At the state and federal level, CFILC works to coordinate efforts for positive public policy changes that benefit people with disabilities.

California State Independent Living Council

The SILC is an 18-member council, appointed by the Governor, to represent persons with disabilities throughout the state and charged with:

  • Determining the allocation of federal funds for independent living;
  • Advising the Governor and Legislature about issues impacting persons with disabilities in California;
  • Creating projects and moving forward ideas that will enhance the ability of people with disabilities to live independently;

National Council on Independent Living

The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.

Center for Disability and Aging Policy (CDAP)

The Center for Disability and Aging Policy advises and supports the ACL Administrator and Principal Deputy Administrator in developing effective Federal policies and programs to address the needs of individuals with disabilities and the aging of the nationís population. The Center supports, plans, coordinates and oversees the implementation of policies, programs and special initiatives designed to overcome barriers that prevent older Americans and persons with disabilities from fully participating and contributing in an inclusive community life.

Independent Living Research Utilization

The ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field. It is a program of TIRR Memorial Hermann, a nationally recognized medical rehabilitation facility for persons with disabilities.


California Secretary of State

Charities seeking to operate in California must file articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State and a current list of board officers.

State of California Franchise Tax Board

Oversees state tax-exempt status of charitable organizations in California and compliance with state tax reporting requirements.

Registry of Charitable Trusts (RCT)

The Registry Search tool allows a registrantís public filings to be viewed and downloaded from the Registry database. These public filings include a copy of the annual informational return (Forms 990, 990-PF, and 990-EZ) filed with the Registry, as well as registration forms and documents that organizations are required to file with this office.

Information and Resources for Charities

California Attorney General's - Guide for Charities

The Attorney Generalís Guide for Charities is intended to help volunteers and others who serve as directors, officers or fundraisers for nonprofit charitable organizations. It provides practical information and answers to questions frequently asked about charities. In addition, the Guide summarizes some of the more important California laws affecting the creation and operation of nonprofit charitable corporations. At the end of the Guide, there are two important listings. The "Directory of Services" lists government agencies, legal services and general resources that assist charities. The "Bibliography" lists many useful publications for charities.

IRS Stay Exempt - Tax Basics for Exempt Organizations

The IRS office of Exempt Organizations (EO) is pleased to present "Stay Exempt" - a series of dynamic and comprehensive tax courses that can help your tax-exempt organization maintain its exempt status and meet its filing requirements.

Office of the Attorney General - Resources for Charities

Charities operating in California must register and file annual financial reports with the Attorney General's Registry of Charitable Trusts. The Attorney General's Charities website offers resources to help charities with registration and reporting compliance. Compliance and enforcement are handled by the Attorney General's Charitable Trusts Section.

Management & Operations Assistance


BoardSource provides guidance on what constitutes good governance and offers educational programs, publications and web-based resources for nonprofits of all sizes and mission types.


CompassPoint provides a broad array of training, consulting, research, management tools, concepts and strategies to help nonprofit organizations increase their effectiveness and the impact of people working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector.

National Council for Nonprofits

The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) is a resource and advocate for Americaís charitable nonprofits that serves as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. They identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

California Association of Nonprofits

The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) is a statewide membership organization that brings nonprofits together to advocate for the communities they serve.