Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Inc’s mission is to serve individuals with disabilities living across Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Listed below are the programs that we offer to provide people with independence in their daily living within their communities.  If you have any questions about any of the programs that are listed below, please contact us at 443-260-0822.

Independent Living & Assistive Technology:

Bay Area CIL provides individuals, with disabilities, the necessary skills and assistive technology devices to be able to successfully live independently in the community.

Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Inc. provides FIVE CORE SERVICES.

1. Advocacy – Advocacy is central to a Center for Independent Living’s mission.

*  Personal Advocacy is assisting an individual with a disability to protect his or her rights or to fight for needed resources.

*  Systems Advocacy is advancing civil rights and equal access for all persons with disabilities on the local, state and federal levels.

2. Information & Referral – Bay Area CIL offers guidance to individuals with disabilities, in locating available services and products such as affordable and accessible housing, accessible transportation, assistive technology, peer support, vocational, educational or other needed services.

3. Independent Living Skills – Bay Area CIL offers instruction in health and safety, community resources, meal planning and nutrition, self-advocacy, sexual awareness, personal assistance, household management, recreation and leisure and money management.  The integration and full-participation of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream society is the desired outcome.  Bay Area CIL offers skills training in our offices or at home, when appropriate.

4.  Peer Support & Mentoring – Bay Area CIL provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to actively engage with one another socially, educationally and recreationally.

5. Transitional services prepare an individual to gain their independence and helps them successfully transition into the community.

* Youth Transitional services prepare young adults, with disabilities, for their transition from high school to gainful employment or to a school for post-secondary education.

Nursing/Rehabilitative Facility Transitional services provides individuals, with disabilities, with the available options and resources to assist them with their transition back into the community.

 Esther’s Wings:

Bay Area CIL also offers residents of local nursing homes fun activities and provides for the distribution of personal care items through a health and happiness cart.  The Spirit of Esther Fund, at the Community of Foundation of the Eastern Shore, sponsors this program.

The Spirit of Esther Fund was established in memory of, Esther Sinnott Moore,  by her daughter, Carol Steffy, a resident of the Eastern Shore.  Ms. Steffy established the fund six years ago to encourage volunteerism and visitation in local nursing homes and senior centers while building capacity for existing senior care programs.   We are pleased to partner with this program to be able to engage with our communities elder residents.

If you are interested in contributing any items for the health and happiness cart, please contact Rose Carey, Independent Living Program Manager at 443-260-0822 Ext. 162 or

Money Follows the Person:

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a project funded by the Federal Government and the State of Maryland to assist individuals moving from a Long-Term Care (LTC) facility, (nursing home or state hospital) to a residence in the community, such as:

*  A home owned or leased;

*  An apartment with an individual lease that includes living, sleeping, bathing and cooking areas; or

*  A residence in which no more than 4 people reside.

Money Follows the Person entails a 6 Step Process:

Step 1:  MFP peer visits the nursing facility and discusses the program with the social worker to identify persons interested in moving back to their communities.

Step 2:  The social worker identifies the participant.

Step 3:  MFP peer visits the participant and confirms their eligibility to return to the community.

Step 4:  The participant is provided information on the Community Options (CO) waiver, and if applicable, an options counselor will visit.

Step 5:  The MFP peer continues to give support to the participant throughout the transition process.

Step 6:  The participant successfully transitions to the community or decides to remain in the facility.  MFP peer mentoring includes an assessment of support needs, the development of a person-centered individualized goal plan, and incorporates individual interaction in the community.

Assistive Technology:

Assistive Technology (AT) assists persons with disabilities to live and work as independently as possible.  Some examples include wheelchairs, ramps and computer voice recognition software.  Bay Area CIL provides assessments and guidance for device choices, offers temporary loans for trial purposes and helps locate funding resources for purchases.  The AT program is sponsored through Maryland’s Assistive Technology (MD TAP) and the United Way of the Eastern Shore.

This Assistive Technology Program is designed to achieve the following goals:

  • Educate the community on the value of increasing independence by using assistive technology.
  • Provide short-term loans of equipment to determine individual needs.
  • Train individuals on the use of technology.
  • Assist individuals with finding funding sources for assistive technology.
  • Provide vendor information to the consumer.

MD TAP Statewide Portable Ramp Project:

Bay Area CIL works with Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MD TAP) to provide temporary portable ramps to those individuals who need wheelchair access to their homes.  This project allows the consumer with limited mobility to live within their own home in their community.


Bay Area CIL works cooperatively with Maryland’s Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)  to provide vocational services for those who are living in our community with significant disabilities.  Bay Area CIL’s vocational programs serve individuals, with all disabilities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware.

Vocational Services provides consumers with:

*  Career Assessments

*  Resume Development

*  Interviewing Skills

*  Job Seeking Skills

*  Job Coaching

Youth Transition Services:

Bay Area CIL works cooperatively with Maryland’s Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) to prepare students for internships, apprenticeships or volunteer positions in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester Counties.

Students are welcome to utilize our Assistive Technology Lab here at Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Inc.   Hands on assistance and computer programs are available to assist the student with resume writing, filling out job applications, employment seeking skills and more.

The lab is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   No appointment is necessary.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Moving Forward Vocational Program

Free vocational services for those living with spinal cord injuries or paralysis.  The program is sponsored through the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.  Vocational specialists will come to your home or you can be transported to our vocational and assistive technology lab for career assessments, cover letter writing, resume design, job searches, and independent living skills training.

Benefits Counseling:

Benefits Counseling Services, through the Division of Rehabilitation Services, (DORS)  assists consumers in making informed decisions about working while receiving SSI, SSDI, SNAP, HUD, TANF, Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Benefits.  Bay Area CIL’s certified benefits counselors can help consumers protect and improve their monthly income, increase their independence and provide them with choices for supports and services.

Supports Planning Agency:

Supports Planning Agency (SPA), through Maryland’s Department of Health, supports individuals to live and participate fully in the community while receiving Medicaid funded services through Community Options (CO), Community First Choice (CFO), Community Personal Assistance Services (CPAS), or Increased Community Supports (ICS).

Supports Planners provide:

*  Person-Centered Plans of Service (POS);

*  Resources to empower the consumer in making informed decisions;

*  Personal care options for self-directed choices; and

*  Support assistance to help the consumer thrive and live independently in  their community.

To inquire about the eligibility requirements for services, please contact the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at (410) 767-6500 or toll free at 1-877-463-3464.

Therapeutic Pool and REcreational Services:

Person-Centered, Family & Caretaker Supported

12-month membership includes:

  • 88-94 degree therapeutic pool environment
  • 24 hours are set aside per week for open swim
  • Membership for your immediate family members, caretakers or personal care assistants who assist with the daily management of your care
  • Exercise programs targeting specific disabilities
  • Peer-to-Peer support
  • Access to therapeutic pool equipment and activities
  • Locker room and showers

Call us today at 443-260-0822