Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL) is a cross-disability, non-residential, disability rights organization empowering people with any disability to live full and independent lives by committing to building an inclusive community that recognizes the dignity, humanity, and worth of all people.
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. Centers for Independent Living were created to be run by and for people with disabilities, and offer support, advocacy, and information on empowerment in the attainment of independence from a peer viewpoint, a perspective that was hitherto excluded from participation in the discussion and execution of “services for the disabled.”
The support group is facilitated by a youth staff member but youth-led and youth -driven.
We provide a safe space for youth to convene and connect with other peers. During our support group meetings, which are held twice a month, youth will engage in: informational workshops (friendships, relationships, communication, role models, problem solving, money management, etc.)
team-building exercises and socialization, civic engagement and self-advocacy, disability identity and pride, and recreational opportunities such as topic specific movies (STEM, disability, disability history) or outings using public transportation, such as bowling, ballpark or lunch/dinner."
Post Secondary Education
"As a student approaches the time to leave high school, it is important that preparations for adult life are well underway.
For early transition planning and active participation in decision making to occur for students with disabilities, members of the planning team need to be well-informed about the student’s abilities, needs, and available services.
Our specialized staff will work collaboratively with the youth as part of support network to ensure an effective transition into post-secondary education or employment."