About Us

About Us

Group of 10 students holds a sign that says ALERT AFTER CARE.

Last day of after-school program.


The Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc. (CILO) is a private non-profit, client-directed civil rights organization for children and adults with all types of disabilities. Incorporated in 1990, CILO primarily serves Palm Beach,  Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. 

CILO staff believe all people should have options and be able to choose how they want to live. CILO works with you to develop goals and independent living skills and to break down attitudes and physical barriers in the community, so you can attain your dreams.

We promote the Americans With Disabilities Act's core goals of equality of opportunity, full participation, independent  living, and economic self-sufficiency. We support the civil rights of people with disabilities in housing, travel, education, employment, and access to community and public services.

The majority of CILO's staff and board of  have disabilities and share experiences in overcoming barriers and developing the skills to speak up and represent yourself.


Joseph R. Fields, Jr., Esq., President
Fields Legal, LLC

Ellen Feir, Esq. Vice President

Lisa Kline Goldstein, Esq. Secretary

Steve G. Vlahakis, Treasurer

Scott Shoemaker


Dennis Stevenson
Palm Springs Leisure Services

Lisa Sanders
Medical Transportation Management (MTM), Inc

Derek T. Horne
Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity


Dan E. Shorter


Petra Pitkonen
561-966-4288 ext. 113


Chief Programming Officer
Brandy Macaluso
561-966-4288 ext. 118

Director of Quality Assurance
Maite Reyes-Coles
561-966-4288 ext. 103


Youth Coordinator
Daniel Cadorette
561-966-4288 ext. 121


During October 1989, a grass roots group of individuals with disabilities and representatives of key Palm Beach County agencies created the Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc., (CILO) as an advocacy organization for children and adults with disabilities. CILO incorporated during January 1990 and elected a board of directors. Its inception and growth paralleled the passage and early implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. CILO has “grown up” with the ADA and comfortably carries out its role as the primary local source of ADA information.

CILO’s mission is “Promoting Independence for People with Disabilities.”

The purpose of CILO is twofold – to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching their goals for independence and to create societal change to promote acceptance and opportunities for people with disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of community life. To that end, CILO provides a broad range of services for persons of any age with any type of disability in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee counties.

The majority of CILO’s staff and board members have disabilities.

Together we assisted more than 5,000 families in the past year -- for free!
2018 Annual Report