The vision for Independent Living in Maryland is for people with disabilities to have information, choices and control over the services and supports in their lives so they can participate fully in all aspects of society.


Bay Area CIL promotes the independent living philosophy which includes consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access and individual and systems advocacy. These factors are essential to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, as well as to ensure the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of society.


Bay Area Center for Independent Living promotes access to community resources and support for people with disabilities and their families through programs which offer choices, preserve dignity and increase independence for an improved quality of life across the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Independent Living Assistive Technology Grant Program

For more information on assistance in purchasing assistive technology such as modular ramps, hearing aids, power chairs, CCTV devices, etc. please contact Ashley Conroe, Director of Independent Living, to schedule an appointment to determine eligibility.

Announcing iDrive Maryland

Expanding access to affordable vehicle loans for Marylanders with disabilities, particularly those in rural areas of the state, via low-interest rates, flexible lending criteria, and expanded repayment terms.

For more information, contact the Maryland Department of Disabilities at Financial Loan
Program at 1-800-832-4827 or email