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Who we are

Our focus is to facilitate the growth and development of individuals with disabilities aiding them in achieving personal independence becoming contributing member within their communities. Our services target every day aspects of life as an individual with a disability providing the best chance of success through independence.

IL 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. 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.”

Some of the ways we can help

Systems Advocacy

Systems Advocacy is an effort to change policies, rules or laws which determine how services are provided to a larger group of people (not just one person). While CIL’s such as SCRS-IL focus on the educational piece of systems advocacy, our consumers drive our systems advocacy. 

Personal Assistance

Personal Assistants can help with a variety of needs for some people with disabilities. Hiring, training and letting go of Personal Assistants is something that people who use them need to learn how to do. We can provide training in these tasks and help people who need these assistants to find them.",

Housing

Some people with disabilities may require places to live that are accessible to wheelchairs or other assistive technology, help finding places to live that are affordable on a fixed income. We can help people to get signed up with affordable housing", -  please note we are not a housing provider

Assistive Technology

We provide an array of services to assist the community in understanding how technology can increase independence and a consumer’s ability to participate in the community.",

Independent Living Skills

Our experienced staff work with our consumers on determining the areas where assistance is needed and develops a comprehensive plan to achieve successful outcomes. I.L. skills training allows us to increase the capacity of individuals with disabilities to become and remain self-sufficient,",

Individual Advocacy

Individual Advocacy allows our experienced staff to work in partnership with our consumer(s) on an issue that is only affecting them while empowering the individual to learn how to self advocate.",

Transition Services

Through established relationships with school districts, charter schools, colleges and other youth-focused entities (such as the Columbia Memorial Space Center), our dedicated youth transition team provides comprehensive and tailored services to meet the needs of our youth.",

Peer Counseling

All SCRS-IL employees are equipped to provide peer counseling and support. Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other.", Through our philosophy, over 80% of our staff have a disability, we share first-hand experience which allows us to make an almost-instant connection.

Latest News

Your input is greatly needed and appreciated

Every 3 years, our State Independent Living Council (SILC) conducts a needs assessment survey of the Independent Living Network / Disability Community.

Jul 28, 2022

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Los Angeles county establishes new aging and disabilities department

New department is dedicated to ensuring that older adults and adults with disabilities live with dignity and independence

Jul 20, 2022

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LA Readies Launch of National 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Los Angeles County is Ready for Launch of National 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Jul 20, 2022

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