Center for Independent Living of South Florida, Inc. (Miami, FL)


  • Name:Larry Georgeson
  • Title:Project Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Independent Living of South Florida, Inc.
  • Address:6660 Biscayne Boulevard
    Miami, FL 33138
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:305-751-8025
  • Main fax:305-751-8944

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Center for Independent Living of South Florida, Inc. is to empower persons with disabilities of all ages to reach their highest level of achievement and to advocate for systems change that results in access, choice, equality, inclusion, and independence for all people with disabilities.

  • Overview:
  • The Center for Independent Living of South Florida (CILSF), Inc. is a first stop for anyone with a disability in South Florida to address their immediate needs or access community resources. Numerous organizations are dedicated to particular disabilities, with some also dedicated to specific age groups; however, the Center for Independent Living of South Florida, Inc. is a cross-disability organization, serving individuals of any age with any disability. As a consumer-driven organization, the majority of the Board of Directors, management and staff are people with disabilities.

    The Center’s foundation is based on five core services, which are individual and systems advocacy, independent living skills training, peer support, information and referral, and transition from institutions to community and work. Built around the core foundation is a range of independent living supports delivered to consumers through a variety of programs that fulfill the organization’s mission and promote both individual and systems change.

    The CILSF program called “On a Roll” teaches independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, hygiene, counting money, shopping, and using public transportation to adults with intellectual disabilities, including some with co-occurring physical disabilities, helping them to live more independent lives. The Deaf Services Department teaches independent living skills along with adult basic education, pre-vocational skills, American Sign Language, preparation for the US Naturalization exam, and driver’s education to consumers who are deaf. An advocate teaches deaf consumers to effectively self-advocate for their needs in the community. The Deaf Services Department also distributes free amplified telephones from Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. to individuals who are hard of hearing. The Empowerment Program provides assistance to apply for public benefits such as food stamps or subsidized mobile telephone service, access transportation and housing options, and obtain new or used wheelchairs and other adaptive equipment. Free computer skills instruction is provided for adults to learn basic to intermediate computer skills. The CILSF Employment Program serves job seekers with disabilities, teaching pre-vocational skills and assisting them to obtain and retain employment of their choice.

    The Workforce Development Program began in 2005 as a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, funded by Miami-Dade County, to provide tutoring in basic academic skills (reading, writing, and mathematics) along with wrap-around services to adults with disabilities enrolled in three vocational education centers to increase their retention and graduation rates and improve their prospects for employment. An advocate works in each of three adult vocational centers to address whatever obstacles students with disabilities have to obtaining their vocational certificate or GED. Students who need and want tutoring are matched with highly qualified tutors, who provide individual tutoring to improve their classroom performance, increase their literacy grade level, and prepare them to pass the TABE or GED exam. In addition, the advocates provide case management and coordinate community resources to address non-academic needs such as transportation, housing, income needs through employment or public benefits, money management, domestic or dating violence, and more. The successful program has exceeded its goals each year for the past ten years; yet the demand still outpaces its capacity. CILSF seeks additional funding to sustain the program and expand its capacity to help more students with disabilities achieve their educational and vocational goals.

    In addition to programs that serve the needs of individuals with disabilities, the CILSF Advocacy Program is engaged in systemic advocacy to affect systems that impact the disability community. The Director of Advocacy educates people with disabilities and the community at-large on disability rights and advocates for systems change to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

  • History:
  • CILSF was formed by a group of grassroots volunteers with disabilities, one of whom was a veteran and triple amputee, in 1993 to aid survivors with disabilities of Hurricane Andrew by replacing their adaptive equipment that was destroyed during the disaster. CILSF became a Florida corporation in 1993 and grew out of an independent living philosophy of consumer control, equality, inclusion, integration, self-determination and freedom of choice, principles for which the Center has always stood. Even as far back as Hurricane Andrew, volunteer board members provided testimony concerning Miami-Dade’s lack of preparation to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities during major disasters, a fight which continues to this day. CILSF then and today has been active in raising public awareness of the need to provide accessibility in public shelters for people with disabilities.

    Initially, the Board obtained funds from the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to hire an executive director. The new director applied for and received U.S. Department of Education Title VII, Part C, Independent Living funds to serve people of all ages and disabilities. From this inauspicious beginning, the Center for Independent Living of South Florida was born. Today, under the leadership of that same director, CILSF owns a 14,400 square foot building and serves 1,500 consumers of all ages and disabilities annually.

    CILSF plays a pivotal role in systems change by collaborating with and coordinating disability service providers around issues important to the disability community. CILSF initiatives engaged people with disabilities and service providers in advocacy that affected change in the delivery of public services from federal, state and local government agencies, as well as services from health care providers, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses.

    Although most services are provided at the CILSF facility, the organization’s presence in the community expanded to serve consumers at two satellite offices and at three Miami-Dade County Public Schools adult vocational education centers. The wide array of services provided by CILSF is sustained through public and private foundation grants. Funding reductions by federal, state and local government in recent years has placed even greater weight on support from private foundations to meet the needs of people with disabilities, particularly adults with disabilities, who are widely deemed an underserved population.

  • Year established:1993
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:19


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:65-0379532

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:650379532
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% NURY RODRIGUEZ
  • Organization Address:4770 BISCAYNE BLVD STE 150
  • Organization City:MIAMI
  • Organization State:FL
  • Organization Zip:33137-3266
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1993
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):927, 560
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Fundraising, Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:P20Z
  • Asset Amount:$4,150,304
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$5,832,027
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$4,332,597
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 8:55:30 pm

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