Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities
As a Center for Independent Living, Independence First has a vision for full inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of our community and commits itself toward this end.
Helping empower individuals with disabilities through these five core services:
Independence First fights for change in systems that stand in the way of equal opportunity and inclusivity. We work with other advocacy agencies and with community leaders, employers, and the general public for awareness. Independence First also works with people to advocate for themselves in any situation that impedes equality.
Independent Living Skills
Independence First is dedicated to offering meaningful education and skills training that can help people to live more independently. We offer many options for individual as well as group programs, classes, guidance and support.
Information and Referral
Independence First has complete access and knowledge of local agencies and efforts to help with various needs and we can provide information and referral to other sources.
More than 50% of our staff have disabilities and many work directly with people in the community seeking our assistance. This peer approach puts people who have first-hand knowledge and experience in touch with people seeking help. We also have trained volunteers who offer peer support.
Independence First will work for those who wish to leave nursing homes or other institutions and live independently in the community in their own homes. In addition, we also work with youth transitioning from secondary education into post-secondary life and adulthood and assist them with accessing the skills and information they need to be successful.