Independent Living Centers (ILCs)
Independent Living Centers (ILCs) are private, non-profit, consumer-controlled, community-based organizations that provide services and advocacy by and for persons with all types of disabilities. Core services at all centers include: information and referral; independent living skills training; peer counseling (including cross-disability peer counseling); and individual and systems advocacy. Other services vary but can include: counseling; services related to securing housing or shelter; rehabilitation technology; mobility training; life skills training and interpreter and reader services for individuals with significant cognitive disabilities; personal assistance services; consumer information programs; supported living; transportation; physical rehabilitation; therapeutic treatment; recreation services; self-awareness and self-esteem training for youth with disabilities; services to children; and community awareness programs to enhance the understanding and integration into society of individuals with disabilities. One-Stop Centers may wish to contact the ILCs in their local area to find out what kind of services the ILC offers, and how the One-Stop and ILC could work collaboratively to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
A basic overview of Independent Living Centers is available at:
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
1916 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 209
A list of state and local Independent Living Centers is available from:
Independent Living Research Utilization Project (ILRU)
National center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Has variety of resources and information.