On my trip to the Capital, I had the exciting opportunity to visit the National Council on Independent Living. After a very successful goalball tournament, losing in the final became secondary when I noticed that the tournament was all put together by individuals with disabilities.
INDEPENDENT LIVING RESOURCE CENTER
Our Mission: to empower all people with a disability to live independent, self-empowered lives.
Our Vision: full opportunity for all through self-empowerment, self-determination and equal access
The ILRC has empowered the northeast Florida disability community, since 1978. Our agency is part of a national network of over 400 Centers for Independent Living. The ILRC is consumer driven and flexes to the needs of people with disabilities living in our community.
Each person with a disability has unique goals for independence. Our staff empower each person to achieve their goals by developing and monitoring individualized Independent Living Plans. Programs include advocacy, benefits screenings, education, employment, equipment loan, information and referral, independent living skills training, peer mentoring, and sign language interpretation.