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Services Maximizing Independent Living and Empowerment (SMILE) is a Center for Independent Living, one of only five in Arizona. The term "center for independent living" means a consumer controlled, community based, cross disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living services as amended from Section 702 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Centers for Independent Living (CIL) provide independent living (IL) core services to individuals with a significant disability, regardless of age, income or disability type. This includes services to children and youth with disabilities.

About Us

Humberto "Bert" Rios

Interm Director

(928) 329-6681 Ext. 404

Brenda Howard

Executive Assistant

(928) 329-6681 Ext. 403


Assitive Technology

(928) 329-6681 Ext 407

Outreach Coordinator

Outreach Coordinator Yuma/La Paz

(928) 329-6681 Ext. 406

Front Desk

Customer Service Rep/ I&R Specialist

(928) 329-6681 Ext. 406

Board of Directors

Christine Werley


Michele LyDick


Melissa Dunn

Treasurer & Secretary

Rex Erspamer

Board Member

Donald P McClelland

Board Member

Jessica Gutierrez

Board Member

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