Independent Living is about having choices and options in your community, and being able to get what you choose.

Everybody wants to be able to choose for themselves what they want in life; what to eat, for example, or which movie to see, or where to live.  People naturally want to choose for themselves instead of having their decisions made by others.  Being able to make choices from options gives people control over how their needs will be met.

People with disabilities haven’t always had rights to make their own decisions. During the Civil Rights Movement, many individuals successfully advocated self determination for the rights and empowerment of people with disabilities.  Follow this link to learn more about advocates of the Independent Living Movement: more Learn more about SMILES Philosophy: here

SMILES CIL supports the rights of diverse people with disabilities to live independently in their communities.  SMILES provides:

  • information and referral about options that are available in their communities
  • peer counseling and support for exploring those options by people who have personal experience with disability related issues
  • advocacy and self advocacy training about civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability related laws
  • independent living skills training so people can live, work, socialize and make meaningful contributions in their communities.

Contact SMILES CIL to learn more about Independent Living or to get services.