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Independent Living is controlling and directing your own life and taking responsibility for your own actions. It is knowing what choices are available and selecting what is right for you. Independent Living means being as self-sufficient as possible. It means taking risks and being allowed to succeed and fail on your own terms.
Independent Living means being able to exercise the greatest degree of choice about where you live, with whom you live, how you live, where you work, and how you use your time. It means participating in community life and pursuing activities of your own choosing.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF INDEPENDENT LIVING
What is it?
Independent Living (IL) is a drastic shift away from the view that disabled is equivalent to sick and dependent - that persons with disabilities need to be looked after, care for, pitied, because they're disabled. IL's fundamental principal is empowerment rather than "care". It is about choice. And, it respects each person's understanding of what independence is for them.
What is it NOT?
The Bottom Line
THE HISTORY OF INDEPENDENT LIVING
The First Stirrings
The Essence of the Movement
Establishment of ILCs
went to the NYS Legislature to supplement the remaining Federal dollars. Two Years later, not only did the Legislature make the existing nine (9) centers a statutory program, but seeing the need for services provided by ILCs, they created ten (10) additional centers throughout the state. And, in 1986, legislative initiative created sixteen (16) more centers. There are now thirty-nine (39) ILCs in New York State and hundreds more scattered throughout the United States and its territories - all providing services that emphasize personal responsibility and self-determination on the part of persons with disabilities.
Westchester Independent Living Center, Inc.