Our Plan

The Path of Our Shared Journey

As a Center for Independent Living, the Independent Living Resource Center follows the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The SPIL is a three year strategic plan and the basis for State operation and administration of the Independent Living program. In the current program, the goals are:

  1. Facilitate the transition of youth with disabilities, including youth who were eligible for individualized Education Programs and have completed or left secondary education to postsecondary life.
  2. Improve the health, wellness and safety of children and adults with all types of disabilities throughout Florida.
  3. Facilitate outreach to individuals with disabilities and other stakeholders who are underrepresented and/or underserved in communities across Florida.
  4. Facilitate the transition of persons with significant disabilities by increasing the number of individuals with disabilities who reside in their chosen, least restrictive community environment.
  5. Increase Independent Living Program capacity of infrastructure and resource development through combined FILC, CIL and VR statewide initiatives.
Download the 2016-2019 State Plan for Independent Living
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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.”Independent Living activists carried out some of the most daring protests in American civil rights history, including the longest occupation of a Federal building in history, which led to the release of the regulations banning discrimination against people with disabilities in federally funded programs. As Independent Living philosophy took hold nationally and the Disability Rights Movement gained acceptance and political influence, a grassroots movement for a comprehensive disability rights law (the ADA) was implemented.

Measure of Success

Last year, the Independent Living Resource Center delivered 5,515 services and worked with 1,546 people with disabilities who accomplished 1,141 goals.

Today, the Independent Living Resource Center and other Centers for Independent Living fight similar battles to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are protected. Even with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities often find that advocacy and support from the disability community and the Disability Rights Movement is an essential element in enforcement of the civil rights law.
Many of the issues we fight for have strong opposition and powerful lobbyists in the for-profit sector. The Independent Living Resource Center and other CILs around the country remain dedicated to the community values, objectives, and unity that we were founded on.
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Empowering our Next Generation

The ILRC empowers youth with disabilities through our mentoring program, independent living skills trainings and Youth Advisory Council.

The ILRC Youth Advisory Council is made of 13-17 members of our community with disabilities between the ages of 13-25. The Council's goals are to increase creativity, confidence and independence, build teamwork and cooperation, develop conflict resolution, time management and organization skills and build communication, public speaking and negotiation skills.