Independent Living

What is Independent Living?

Independent Living…

  • is a way of life that includes values, attitudes and behaviors.
  • embraces a philosophy that the person, regardless of their disability, has the potential to exercise individual self-determination.
  • is having the right and the opportunity to pursue a course of action. And, it is having the freedom to fail -and to learn from one’s failures, just as nondisabled people do.
  • “means that we demand the same choices and control in our every-day lives that non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends take for granted. We want to grow up in our families, go to the neighborhood school, use the same bus as our neighbors, work in jobs that are in line with our education and abilities, start families of our own. Just as everybody else, we need to be in charge of our lives, think and speak for ourselves.” (A. Ratzka)