Centers for Independent Living in Maryland: Ready for Sustainability

About Independent Living

What is Independent Living?

  • A Program
  • A Movement
  • A Culture

The Independent Living Program

Centers for Independent Living are community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organizations that are designed and operated by people with disabilities. CILs are unique in that they operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization. Centers for Independent Living provide:

  • Peer Support
  • Information and Referral
  • Individual and Systems Advocacy
  • Independent Living Skills Training

America is home to:

  • 403 Centers for Independent Living (CILs)
  • 330 branch offices
  • 56 Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs)

Maryland CILs by County

Allegany, Garrett, and Washington

Resources for Independence, Inc. 
Lori Magruder, Executive Director

30 North Mechanic St., Unit B
Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: 301-784-1774
Fax: 301-784-1776

Anne Arundel & Howard Counties

Accessible Resources for Independence, Inc. 
Katie Collins-Ihrke, Executive Director

1406B Crain Hwy South, Suite 206
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Phone: 443-713-3914
Fax: 443-713-3909

Baltimore City, Baltimore & Harford

Independent Marylanders Achieving Growth through Empowerment (The Image Center)
Michael Bullis, Executive Director

Hampton Plaza, 300 E. Joppa Road, Suite 312
Towson, MD 21286
Phone/TTY: 410-982-6311  

Calvert, Charles & St. Mary

Southern MD Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Sandra Dent, Executive Director

38588 Brett Way, Suite 1
Mechanicsville, MD 20622
Phone: 301-884-4498/5110   TTY: 711
Fax: 301-884-6099


Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worchester

Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Pattie Tingle, Executive Director

909 Progress Circle, Suite 300
Salisbury, MD  21804
443-260-0822 phone
443-260-0833 fax

Carroll & Frederick Counties

The Freedom Center, Inc.
Jamey George, Executive Director

14 W. Patrick Street, Suite 10
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301-846-7811 Fax: 301-846-9070

Montgomery & Prince George

Independence Now, Inc.
Sarah Sorensen, Executive Director

12301 Old Columbia Pike
Suite 101
Silver Spring, MD 20904
301-277-2839