Southeast Center For
    Independent Living, Inc.

Our Mission

The Philosophy of Independent Living maintains that individuals with disabilities have the right to choose services and make decisions for themselves. Ultimately individuals with disabilities have the right to live the life they choose.

Southeast Center for Independent Living (SCIL) firmly holds this belief at its foundation and it is the guiding principle in all of SCILs policies and operations.

SCIL offers various programs, information, and support to help individuals with disabilities achieve their goals, experience personal growth, and be able to participate fully in community life.

Book cover of Snowball's Great Adventure showing a lion cub SCIL’s volunteer, Melissa Robillard is the author of Snowball’s Great Adventure, a children’s book about a white lion from Timbavati, South Africa. Snowball was conceived while she was working with her speech therapist.

Melissa was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called leukodystrophy when she was a young child. She has never let this neurological condition stop her from living life. While in speech therapy Melissa and her speech therapist were looking for new ways to stimulate her memory and language skills. They worked on the computer, talked about animals, and soon had a story building.

Fast forward and Snowball’s Great Adventure has been published. In Melissa’s own words: "I am thrilled for many reasons. One, the work of this book brought many people together. That is what life is all about. We really do need one another.   So many people helped this dream of mine come to life. You see, when I was in the second grade, I wanted to be an elementary grade teacher. That dream was not possible for me.

One day in the early stages of writing the book, Janine said to me, “Melissa, what is the tool teachers’ use most?” I said books. Then she said, “What do many children use to learn?” I said books. Janine went on to say, “You are writing a book that children all over the world will enjoy. That makes you a teacher.” I smiled from ear to ear. Janine has a way of making dreams come true."

Please visit Snowball's Great Adventure blog to learn more.

               Congratulations Melissa! From all of us at SCIL!
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Massachusetts. Rev Up is a national program to help more people with disabilities
get out there and vote by providing education and ease of registration. For more
information see and let us know if you need assistance registering to vote, becoming educated about voting or voting.

Upcoming Events

SCIL holds monthly housing workshops and computer classes for people with disabilities.

Please visit the EVENTS page for more details or contact SCIL at (508)679-9210 Voice/TTD.


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Southeast Center for Independent Living Phone: 508-679-9210
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