What is an ILC?

An ILC stands for an independent living community. Every community in the United States is part of a national network of more than 500 community-based, nonprofit ILCs that serve people of all ages and disabilities and their families. ILCs provide information and referral to community services, offer advocacy training and peer support groups, and teach independent living skills. The following are a few examples of their many services:
  • Assist you in finding out about disability services in your community.
  • Connect you with others to advocate for changes in the laws or rules.
  • Help you hire and manage personal care attendants.
  • Put you in contact with people who have faced challenges similar to that of your own.
Most centers have a lending library of adaptive gadgets and devices you may try for a while at no cost. When you find what works for you, they can use their vast computer database of companies and manufacturers that make these products and help you order what you need.

Your local library, hospital, senior center, United Way office, or your state, county, Catholic, Lutheran, or Jewish social services agency should be able to assist you in finding the nearest ILC. For a national directory of ILCs, contact the National Council on Independent Living.
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