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Community Resources for Independent Living


Our Services

Community Resources for Independent Living is a peer-based disability resource agency that provides advocacy and resources for people with disabilities to improve lives and make communities fully accessible.

Assistive Technology Referral and Loan


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CRIL’s AT Coordinator will work with you to identify the most current technological devices, equipment, and resources that accommodate a wide spectrum of disabilities in attaining fuller independence at work, home and in the community. CRIL is also one of 13 California Device Lending Demostration Center sites. Various AT devices are available to "try out" at no cost for a period of 2 to 8 weeks.

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Benefits Advocacy


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CRIL staff educate about financial resources to which persons may be entitled, including Social Security Disability, SSI, Medicare, Medi-Cal, IHSS and other benefits. CRIL strives to assist people to confidently advocate for their needs when interacting with financial benefit programs.

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Disaster Preparedness Workshops


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CRIL sponsors Emergency & Disaster Preparedness (Prepare to Prosper) Workshops throughout the year in Southern and Eastern Alameda County. These workshops assist persons with disabilities and seniors plan to deal with local disasters and personal emergency situations. Our approach is one which deals with empowering individuals to prosper in any emergency.

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Employment Benefits Assistance


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CRIL works collaboratively with the California Department of Rehabilitation and other agencies to provide employment and vocational benefits counseling for persons with disabilities, to help maximize independence while managing, training for, or resuming a work career. This includes providing work incentives counseling and benefits-employment planning assistance.

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Healthy Living Workshops


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People with disabilities are largely unserved or underserved in programs of health promotion and physical activity. This situation is particularly problematic as they are often more vulnerable to the development of secondary conditions such as obesity, pain, social isolation, and depression due to insufficient participation in key health living behaviors. For this reason, CRIL provides quarterly Healthy Living Workshops through our Tri-Valley Branch office in Livermore.

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Housing Assistance


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Finding accessible and affordable housing is a challenge that CRIL can help you with. CRIL teaches you how to look for housing, identify resources that can support independent living, negotiate with landlords, improve your credit and understand tenant rights. CRIL keeps a current list of available rentals and reaches out to landlords to encourage renting to individuals with disabilities. As a start, CRIL hosts weekly Housing Information workshops to share key resources for those living in Alameda County. CRIL does not own housing or run its own residential facility.

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Independent Living Skills Training


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Independent Living Coordinators work with people to identify the skills they need to develop and provide training to maximize quality of community life and inclusion. Skills such as managing money, navigating transportation systems, and effective communication are taught individually and in weekly classes. CRIL also conducts periodic Disaster Preparedness Workshops and Healthy Living Workshops throughout the county and by appointment.

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Information and Referral


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CRIL is not only a centralized resource for disability-related questions, it is a link to many resources in Alameda County and the bay area that support your independent living goals. For more information on any disability and senior services, contact CRIL at 510-881-5743 or

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Peer Support


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CRIL sponsors peer support groups for both consumers and for homecare providers. Our support group participants listen to one another, share insights and information based on personal experiences and that help each other set and realize realistic goals for themselves.

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Personal Assistance/Homecare Referral


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Personal Assistants provide help with such daily activities as personal care (bathing, dressing, grooming), dispensing oral medications, and transferring from bed to chair or vehicle.  They also assist with domestic care such as laundry, cooking, feeding, companionship, transportation to doctor appointments, and shopping. CRIL can assist consumers with finding and hiring a private-pay personal assistant or homecare worker, and offers training & resources in managing an assistant/homecare worker. CRIL also offers quarterly classes for people interested in becoming a homecare worker or personal assistant privately or through IHSS. 

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Systems Advocacy and Community Organizing


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CRIL identifies and addresses the barriers in our systems at-large that affect people with disabilities from being included and integrated into their community. CRIL's three regional disability action networks and youth action network work with coalitions and government representatives to develop policies, programs, and direct financial resources to break through barriers for equal access.

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Travel Training


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CRIL's Travel & mobility Training Program incorporates para-and public transist travel training into its well-established Independent Living Skills.

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Van Share Service


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CRIL has 2 wheelchair accessible vans, 1 Red and 1 Blue. Both vans are 2012 Dodge Caravans and include both hand controls and foot controls for braking and acceleration.

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CRIL offers independent living services at no charge to persons with disabilities living in southern and eastern Alameda County. In order to become a CRIL consumer, an individual must have a disability and be able to benefit from independent living services.

Federal law guiding independent living centers states, "Individual with a significant disability means an individual with a severe physical, mental, cognitive, or sensory impairment whose ability to function independently in the family or community or whose ability to obtain, maintain, or advance in employment is substantially limited and for whom the delivery of IL services will improve the ability to function, continue functioning, or move towards functioning independently in the family or community or to continue in employment." [29 U.S.C. 706 (15)(B); 34 CFR 364.4]