the Canadian Resource Centre for Independent Living describes
it, "The Independent Living philosophy promotes and encourages
an attitude of self-direction in consumers, enabling negotiation
and access of community services and resources, and facilitating
full participation in the community. The IL philosophy recognizes
the right of individuals with disabilities to assume risks and
make choices. Consumers are encouraged to achieve self-direction
over the personal and community services needed to attain their
own independent living."
sites provide information about the independent living philosophy,
resources and services, on a national or international level.
To find an independent living center in your community, see The DRM Regional Resource Directory.
"the umbrella of individuals and organizations dedicated
to promoting Independent Living among persons with disabilities
and the general public in Europe." In addition to information
about the organization and its membership, the web site includes
resources on its ideological foundations of independent living.
to Director Dick Goodwin, "The primary purpose of this Website
is to preserve and promote the rich history and philosophy of
the independent living movement, and present information about
IMPACT, our services, personnel, values, and accomplishments."
The site includes a brief biography of Ed Roberts, the father
of the independent living movement; an in-depth look at the history
and philosophy of independent living and disability; articles;
links; and more.
center for information, training, research and technical assistance
in independent living, the ILRU web site includes information
about the program and its resources, links to centers of independent
living, and sections on the Americans with Disabilities Act,
the Southwest Disability Business and Technical Assistance Center,
disability and managed care, personal assistance services, employment
policy research, and more.
The ILRU Directory includes the contact information for centers for independent living and their satellites or branches for each state, U.S. Territory, and Canada. All listings are in alphabetical order by state/city. Beginning with the 1995 volume, the Directory includes a listing of the statewide independent living council (SILC) for each state and U.S. Territory.
collection of documents, especially for independent living center
personnel. Topics covered include advocacy, development and management
of centers for independent living, history and philosophy of
the independent living movement, disability issues, and more.
site of a Swedish organization that "serves self-help organizations
of disabled people who work for equal opportunities, self-determination
and self-respect." It includes a library discussion forums,
personal assistant information, a vacation home exchange,
worldwide disability radio, and more.
funded program was established "to enable people with disabilities
to control their lives and live independently through product
research and development that facilitates the work of independent
living centers (ILCs), consumer organizations, and policy makers."
Its web site includes information about the program's services
and resources, and links to independent living centers in the