• Independence • Freedom • Go!

All people should have the opportunity to belong and be accepted by a community.

About COIL

The Center on Independent Living (COIL) helps people with disabilities of all kinds achieve their freedom, independence, and watch them thrive in the community.

We help people with paralysis which currently is not a curable ailment. It is not a bacterial, viral, or fungal disease that can be remedied and repaired with drugs. Paralysis prevails! It lasts until the end of the disabled person’s existence. We help our elderly that develop disabilities through time. It is easy to break a hip or succumb to ailments that young people seem impervious to. Degenerative bone disease, stroke, falls, and a plethora of other ailments plague the elderly. We help our veterans that have given more than their share to preserve our freedoms and remind us daily what true strength and courage is. Many come home broken both physically and mentally.

Here at the Center on Independent Living—We Help!

Mission

To help people who have disabilities achieve or maintain independence in the community.

Vision

To enrich lives and the communities in which they live by providing excellent service and compassion to all we serve.

History

The Center on Independent Living (COIL) was established in 1985. It was founded by the dedication of small group of parents whose young adult children wanted to learn how to live independently and their parents listened to them. This required their children to learning how to manage their own affairs, establishing support services, having an income, and transportation. That small group of families was so successful that the Center on Independent Living was born and expanded to offer all these services to all severely disadvantaged people, without discrimination, selection based only on the help needed.

This program soon caught the attention of the Great State of Texas and was adopted initially by Texas Rehabilitation Association and later moved to Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). Today, three decades of hard work has accomplished over two thousand successful relocations from nursing facilities and into the community for individuals with disabilities and the number is rising every day.

“Look past the chair, see the person and you will be glad you did!”

—Susan Murray, 30 years living Independently.

Awards

``All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.`` — Jane Wagner

1989

Recognition for Serving People with Disabilities—Texas Rehabilitation Commission

1992

Designated 1992 Star of Texas—Texas Community Education Association

1996

Outstanding Contribution in the field of Rehabilitation—Texas Rehabilitation Association

1996

Appreciation Award for High Quality Rehabilitation Services for Texans with Disabilities—Texas Rehabilitation Commission

1997

Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities Small Employer Award—George W. Bush

1999

20th Anniversary Outstanding Partner of the Decade—C.A.M.P.

2001

CTD Member of the Year—Coalition of Texans with Disabilities

2005

Certificate of Appreciation for Leadership and Outstanding Contribution to the Establishment of Nursing Facility Transition Teams—Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)

2014

Best Small Nonprofit of the Year—SAILS ADA Celebration

2014

Awarded Gold Standing—GuideStar

Employee Bios

``Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.`` — Margaret Mead

 
 

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``A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.`` — Steve Martin

210 655 2333

CENTER ON INDEPENDENT LIVING
10500 Nacogdoches Road
Lady Bird Johnson Park
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78217
F: 210 655 2338

INFO@COIL.ORG

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