Centers for Independent Living

What is a Center for Independent Living

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.

Independent Living Philosophy

Centers for Independent Living have been uniquely successful because of how we operate.

Our philosophy has 5 components…

  1. Consumerism.
  2. The consumer is the locus of control.
  3. Those who know best the needs of people with disabilities are the people themselves.
  4. The Consumer can best determine what they want for themselves.
  5. Opposite of the “Medical Model.”

Freedom of Choice

  1. Making a life decision requires unbiased information on all the options.
  2. Family members, caseworkers, and medical providers don’t always know “what’s best.”

Least Restrictive Environment

  1. Modern sociologists define “disability” as the interaction between a person’s body and their environment.
  2. The environment we live in must adapt to our bodies.

Dignity of Risk

  1. Learning requires taking risks.
  2. If you are making “Informed Choices” you understand the risks and consequences.
  3. You’ll never know what works and what doesn’t if you never try.

Individual Paradigm

  1. What skills does the consumer already possess?
  2. What knowledge does the consumer already have?
  3. How can this skill set be useful in achieving his or her goals?
  4. What information and skills does the consumer need to acquire to accomplish his or her goals?

According to Title VII, Part C of the Rehab Act of 1973 as amended Centers for Independent Living Provide the Following Services.

  1. Information and Referral
  2. Independent Living Skills Training
  3. Peer Counseling
  4. Individual and Systems Advocacy
  5. Transition Services

Centers for Independent Living can offer other auxiliary services.

ARCIL strives to create new programs and new opportunities for people with disabilities.