James Patrick Personal Assistant Services

The James Patrick Memorial Work Incentive – Personal Attendant Services & Employment Assistance Program (JP-PAS) was created by the Florida Legislature to help working adults with significant disabilities obtain and maintain competitive and integrated employment.

Wheelchair/Computer Giveaway

Learn how you can get a new wheelchair and/or a refurbished computer for FREE!

Developing Relationships

Disabilities are as diverse as the people who have them. There are programs and services available to help you live free from dependence on other people.  Explore this website to learn how you can live more independently…and with dignity!

Building Independence

Independence means different things to different people.  Suncoast Center for Independent Living is here to provide the tools and guidance you need to live the way you want and to connect with people who understand the issues you are facing.

Transition Center

SCIL will help you face the day to day challenges of living with a disability.  Services are provided free of charge (based on eligibility) so you can get what you need, when you need it.

    Giving Challenge 2022

    Will you #BeTheOne to support people with disabilities during The Giving Challenge? When you donate during The Giving Challenge, Your gift of $25 or more will be doubled by the Patterson Foundation up to $100.


    Suncoast Center for Independent Living provides FREE transportation services (Uber, Lyft, and SCIL Ride) to get our consumers to and from their vaccination appointment. Please call 941.351.9545 for more details.


    SCIL knows that you are not your disability. By focusing on your abilities and providing resources to offset your disability, SCIL hopes to empower you to be independent and live life on your terms. We offer programs that support employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence and inclusion in your community.

    How We Help

    Our goal is simple: to help you get what you need to live independently and with dignity. Our services are offered free of charge to residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties, regardless of age, education, or disability. If you have a disability, we want to help.

    Non-Discrimination Policy

    Suncoast Center for Independent Living (SCIL) operates programs and services without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or status as a parent. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice may file a complaint with Suncoast Center for Independent Living. For more information on SCIL's civil rights program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact Voice/CP/TDD 941-351-9545, email Informationandreferral@scil4u.org; or visit our administrative office at 3281 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34235. If information is needed in another language, contact SCIL at (941) 351-9545.



    SCIL provides you and your family guidance when faced with challenges to access support systems, benefits and services. Let us help you speak up and be heard.

    Information & Referral

    SCIL provides information about community resources that can help you accomplish your personal goals, including acquiring and learning to use assistive technology, understanding and signing up for medical benefits and Social Security and housing information.

    Peer Mentoring

    No one knows what living with a disability is like better than another person who lives with a disability. SCIL's Peer Mentoring Program enables you to interact with staff who understand the challenges you face and can help you strategize how best to deal with them.

    Support & Resources

    SCIL offers support by connecting you to other people and organizations that understand and can help. By coordinating resources and connecting to others, you can make sure living with a disability is not an isolating experience.


    Empowering People with Disabilities to Independence


    Transition Programs for Adults & Youth

    Independence means knowing how to take care of yourself and the demands of life. To help with these challenges, SCIL offers several basic and advance courses.

    Computer Equipment Loan

    SCIL loans refurbished computers and other computer-related components to people with disabilities

    Medical Equipment Loans

    If you lack the financial income or insurance to cover the cost of purchase, SCIL will loan you durable medical equipment on a long- or short-term basis. Equipment includes grab bars, reachers, bed rails, transfer beaches, and much more.

    Emergency Special Needs

    When an emergency arises, you need help immediately! SCIL can provide access to vital equipment such as manual and power wheelchairs, walkers, and lift chairs.


    Expand and strengthen independent living services to create a fully inclusive society


    • JP-PAS Overview

      The James Patrick Memorial Work Incentive Personal Attendant Services & Employment Assistance Program The James Patrick Memorial Work Incentive – Personal Attendant Services & Employment Assistance Program (JP-PAS) was created by the Florida Legislature to help working adults with significant ...

    • All Faith’s Food Bank Partnership

      Suncoast Center for Independent Living is a proud partner of All Faiths Food Bank. Once a week Suncoast Center for Independent Living delivers free canned goods and frozen items to those disabled in need during this difficult time while helping ...

    • Wheelchair/ Computer Giveaway

      Learn how you can get a free new manual wheelchair and/or a refurbished computer at Suncoast Center for Independent Living FREEWheelchair/Computer! Suncoast Center for Independent Living, in partnership with the Wheelchair Foundation, has new wheelchairs available for people with disabilities.* ...

    • William’s Success Story

      On his birthday, William received a gift that people often take for granted. No, it wasn’t a new car, clothes, or even a vacation. He received the gift of independence through the installation of a new wheelchair ramp for his ...

    • Carlos’ Success Story

      One of our consumers, Carlos’ mother recently called us to thank us for the transformation in her son’s life. Prior to enrolling in the SCIL Transition Center, Carlos spent his days watching television and playing video games. His life found ...