The Role of Independent Living Centers
(ILCs) in Addressing Abuse
Vince Wetzel is the Director of Media Relations for CFILC (California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
Over the past 15 years, a national network of over 400 Independent Living Centers
(ILCs) has emerged to support the efforts of consumers to live independently.
Rehabilitation centers need to work directly with community-based independent living centers
to assure that when a person is discharged she/he has access to appropriate support services.
More than 300 independent living centers
, a majority of which are staffed and governed by persons with disabilities, operate in the United States (Pelka, 1994).
We also want to thank the consumers and staff of Summit, Inc., Montana Independent Living Project, and Yellowstone Valley Independent Living Center
for the privilege of working with them.
Notwithstanding the relatively modest commitment of federal support for independent living center
services, requirements for evaluation of center services have continued to stress resource development, and, in fact, the 1992 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act include an evaluation requirement in this area.
In an independent living center
, the process of assisting a consumer in selecting and successfully achieving independent living goals many times involves choosing and completing a goal of going to work.
Acting to maintain the credibility of a badly needed independent living center
with the disabled community by covering for an incompetent colleague conflicts with "blowing the whistle" on that colleague to ensure quality services.
We have seen the development of independent living centers
. We have seen public schools begin to recognize that children with disabilities can go to school alongside nondisabled children and produce a valuable educational setting for all.
Several students have been instrumental in grassroots efforts to develop an Independent Living Center
at the community level.
She co-founded the Metro Independent Living Center
in Tucson, now known as DIRECT.