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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
Arlington, VA 22201
Voice: (703) 525-3406
TTY: (703) 525-4153
Fax: (703) 525-3409
Web Site:
National membership association of Centers for Independent Living.

A list of state and local Independent Living Centers is available from:

Independent Living Research Utilization Project (ILRU)

The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
2323 South Shephard, Suite 1000
Houston, TX 77019
Voice: (713) 520-0232
TTY: (713) 520-5136
Fax: (713) 520-5785

National center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Has variety of resources and information.