Independent Living Philosophy

The philosophy of independent living is the belief that each person with a disability is unique and has the same civil rights as people who do not have a disability.

A few guiding principles are:

  • People with disabilities know their needs best and can be met most effectively by comprehensive programs that advocate for the rights and needs of people with disabilities and provide a variety of supportive services.

  • People with disabilities should have a choice on how they are integrated in their community.

  • People with disabilities have the same aspirations as people who do not have disabilities.

  • People with disabilities expect equal access to social, economic and political opportunities for people with disabilities.

  • People with disabilities are in the best position to guide, direct, and control programs for people with disabilities.