“Nothing About Us Without Us”

The Center for Independence (CFI) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit serving people with disabilities from ages 14 and up. We serve as a resource for individuals with disabilities to fully access and participate in the community through outreach, advocacy, and independent living skills development. We work together with participants to achieve independent living goals such as self-advocacy, self-sufficiency, and self-determination. CFI is a non-residential community-based organization operated by people with disabilities, serving people with disabilities.

What is Independent Living?

Independent living, as seen by its advocates is a philosophy, a way of looking at society and disability, and a worldwide movement of people with disabilities working for equal opportunities, self-determination, and self-respect. “Consumer choice, autonomy and control define the Independent Living Movement. The independent living philosophy holds that individuals with disabilities have the right to live with dignity and with appropriate support in their own homes, fully participate in their communities, and to control and make decisions about their lives.”

-The National Council on Independent Living-

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Core Services

  • Information & Referral

  • Independent Living Skills Training

  • Peer Support

  • Individual & Systemic Advocacy

  • Transition Services

    (Youth Transition & Deinstitutionalization)

 

Additional Services

  • Emergency Preparedness

  • Seasonal Workshops

  • Finding, Training, and Keeping an Attendant