SCIL History

Suncoast Center for Independent Living Inc. (SCIL) is a non-residential, nonprofit 501(c)(3) federally designated Center for Independent Living (CIL). Centers for Independent Living are cross-disability organizations providing services to people with disabilities so they may lead self-directed lives and fully participate as equal members of society.

Founded in 1990 as a community grassroots effort led by the late Michael Gahr, SCIL is a consumer-controlled organization with at least 51 percent of staff and board members comprised of people with disabilities. All of us here at SCIL are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people of all ages with disabilities residing in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Together with public, community and business leaders, SCIL works to educate and promote sensitivity in the community about disability-related topics in order to remove economic, social, attitudinal, and environmental barriers.