Independent LivingSoutheastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living

Independent Living is having the opportunity to make the decisions that affect your life, having the freedom to make choices about where and how you live and work, and having the right to succeed or fail based on those choices.

In 1980, a small group of community members – with the mission of creating or sustaining independence for all persons with disabilities – wrote a grant that got us started and formed our first Board of Directors. Their vision led to the establishment of the Rochester Center for Independent Living (RCIL), which began providing services with four staff in a small storefront in 1981. We became the Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living, Inc. (SEMCIL) in 1988.

Today SEMCIL continues to carry out the mission of our founding Board and staff members and support the human and civil rights of individuals with disabilities throughout southeastern Minnesota. SEMCIL is a community-based, cross disability, non-residential, non-profit organization offering a variety of independent living services and supports for people with disabilities, including the Disability Hub MN and Personal Care Assistance.  Our services assist people with disabilities to live as independently as possible while also empowering the full participation of individuals with disabilities in their communities. These services are self-directed and promote person-centered integrated community living.

SEMCIL is one of eight Centers for Independent Living in the State of Minnesota. Our service area is comprised of the eleven counties in southeastern Minnesota:  Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona.

Please browse our website for information on all the services SEMCIL provides.



  • Accessible Conference Room
    SEMCIL’s large, accessible conference room is available for use to organizations and community members with small to mid-size groups. To schedule a tour of the conference room or to book a reservation, please call our receptionist at 507-285-1815. Our usage policy can be viewed here: CONFERENCE ROOM 1 USAGE
  • Facility Tour

    SEMCIL offers building tours to anyone interesting in learning about accessibility features. Our accessible public restrooms, training kitchen and accessible residential bathroom are all examples of spaces included in the tour. Get hands on experience with many accessibility features including appliances with accessible controls, a swing open oven, raised dishwasher and washer/dryer and pull down cabinet shelving.

    To view images of the requirements for accessible public restrooms or the smallest footprint residential bathroom click here: SEMCIL Mens and Womens Restrooms & SEMCIL Single Restroom.