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.