About Independent Living

What Is Independent Living?

It is important to understand that Independent Living is not a place, it is a view point that barriers to independence have to more do with the world around us than with diagnosis, label or condition. Independent Living is about changing policies and practices that under-estimate, segregate or oppress people with disabilities. Independent Living promotes the idea that people with disabilities have the same rights and responsibilities, the same control over life choices as those without disabilities.

History and Philosophy

You can read more about the history and philosophy of Independent Living in these articles:

History of Independent Living by Mike Oxford and Gina MacDonald
Orientation to Centers for Independent Living by Laurel Richards and Quentin Smith

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