The Coalition For
Barrier Free Living, Inc.

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About Us


In 1975, the Coalition for Barrier Free Living (CBFL) was established by people with disabilities for the sole purpose of advocating for equal rights and opportunities. Downtown curb cuts and the development of an accessible transportation system were two of the major advocacy projects CBFL fought for and won.

In 1978, CBFL opened the Houston Center for Independent Living (HCIL) – its first consumer-­controlled service project, and the first CIL in Texas.

In 1998, CBFL expanded independent services in Texas by opening the Brazoria County Center for Independent Living (BCCIL) in Angleton, Texas.

In 2004, the Fort Bend Center for Independent Living (FBCIL) opened its doors in Sugar Land, Texas. Fort Bend County is one of the fastest growing counties in the U.S.

Executive Director

Dr. Stephanie Simmons, Esq.

Executive Director

Board of Directors

Michael Garrett, Chairman of the Board

My name is Michael Garrett. I was born in Fort Worth, Texas. I have lived in Houston for over 45 years. I am currently retired ...
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Chris Noble, Secretary of the Board

My name is Chris Noble. I was born Syracuse, New York, raised in St. Louis, Missouri and have lived in Houston, Texas since 1969. I ...
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Gilbert Paul, Board Member

My name is Gilbert Paul, I was born in New Gulf, Texas and raised in West Columbia, Texas. I am a retired heavy equipment operator ...
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Raul Tello, Board Member

My name is Raul Tello. I was born in Monterrey, Mexico. I have lived in Houston for over 30 years. I am currently retired and ...
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Patricia Jefferson, Board Member

Patricia A. Jefferson is a native Houstonian and a proud product of the Houston public schools and the 5th Ward community. Following graduation, with honors, ...
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Angela Ford, Board Member

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Lee Coffee, Board Member

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Ed Jones, Board Member

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