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Promoting Choice, Self-Determination and Total Participation

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Independent Living Centers?

As an Independent Living Center (ILC), we offer core services to persons with disabilities that are critically important to fostering motivation, independence, self-direction, employment, social integration, community participation and the elimination of attitudinal, physical, and systemic barriers. Independent Living Centers are run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. Core programs include information and referral services, peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, and independent living skills training. Other services vary from center to center but generally include: assistance with housing, education, employment, medical needs and personal attendant services.

What is Independent Living?

Independent Living means being in control of your own life, taking responsibility for your actions, taking risks, and either failing or succeeding on your own terms. It means participating in community life and pursuing activities based entirely upon self-determined interests and preferences. To support these goals, Independent Living Centers help individuals of all ages with all types of disability to obtain whatever services they need to preserve their right to choose and to fully and equally participate in society.