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What are Centers for Independent Living?
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The Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (Ohio SILC) stands in solidarity with our communities across Ohio that are experiencing inequity and injustice.

Every year in Washington DC members of Ohio’s disability community have marched with others from across the country to raise awareness of the issues that impact the disability community across the nation. This march is led by a banner quoting Martin Luther King Jr. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

We stand with those speaking out against systemic discrimination, your voices are being heard. As an organization, we always look to support systemic advocacy that will lead to greater equality and inclusion. We know within every community, there are individuals with disabilities that are impacted. People of all backgrounds and ability deserve equality, and right now our communities of color are using their voices to bring about change for a stronger future.

2022 Ohio Statewide Disability Community Needs Assessment

The Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (Ohio SILC) is responsible for facilitating the development of the State Plan for Independent Living. As part of this process, OSILC is conducting a Needs Assessment evaluating the barriers and challenges that limit Independent Living for Ohioans with disabilities.
Data gathered through this survey, focus groups, public hearings, and written feedback will be used to develop the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The SPIL helps provide direction towards services and resources to better help Ohioans with disabilities live in their communities and reach their Independent Living goals.

Complete Survey

Virtual Public Forums

The Ohio SILC will also be conducting virtual forums on specific topics. Topics will include:

Monday, August 29th

11:00 – 12:30 – Health CareRegister Here

2:00 – 3:30 – Employment Register Here

Tuesday, August 30th

11:00 – 12:30 – Independent Living Services Register Here

2:00 – 3:30 – Youth Engagement Register Here

Wednesday, August 31st

11:00 – 12:30 – Deaf and Hard of Hearing CommunitiesRegister Here

2:00 – 3:30 – Transportation Register Here

Thursday, September 1st

11:00 – 12:30 – Outreach to Underserved and Marginalized CommunitiesRegister Here

Friday, September 2nd

3:00 – 4:30 – Housing Register Here

Captioning and ASL will be provided for all forums, if there are other accommodations requested please contact us in advance.

You can also provide a recorded video on any of the topics above. The link below will take you to a website that allows you to record your story, share your input, provide any feedback.

These videos will be used to help in educational activities around the issues addressed above.

Home Modifications to Ohioans with Paralysis

The Ohio SILC is currently finishing a pilot project working with Centers for Independent Living to provide individuals ramps and minor home modifications. To date, 39 projects have been completed for individuals across Ohio that include construction of ramps, widening doorways, adding bathroom grab bars, and other similar projects.

Total Funding: $168,000
Current Project Total: 39
6 months left on remaining 3 contracts

“Through this grant we were able to help consumers who did not qualify in another grant and who would ultimately not be served. This grant opened the doors to home accessibility projects as well as the Emergency Preparedness grant.” ~The Ability Center

The Ability Center: 15 Projects Completed
Timeline 12 months; Budget $30,000

Access Center for Independent Living (ACIL): 2 Projects Completed
thus far

Timeline 12 months; Budget $28,000

The Center for Disability Empowerment (CDE): 2 Projects Completed thus far – both ramps
Timeline 12 months; Budget $30,000

The Center for Independent Living Options, Inc. (CILO): 6 Projects Completed – 5 ramps and 1 VPL
Timeline 9 months; Budget $30,000

Services for Independent Living (SIL): 7 Projects Completed – 2 ramps,
1 VPL, 1 stair lift and 3 other home mod projects

Timeline 9 months; Budget $30,000

Tri-County Independent Living Center, Inc.: 7 Projects Completed thus far – 9 portable ramps, 1 stair lift and other home mod projects
Timeline 12 months; Budget $20,000

What is the Independent Living Philosophy?

The Independent Living philosophy postulates that people with disabilities are the best experts on their needs. Since we are the best experts on our needs, we need to show the solutions we want, be in charge of our lives, and think and speak for ourselves.  Independent Living does not mean that we want to do everything by ourselves and do not need anybody or that we want to live in isolation. Independent Living means that we demand the same choices and control in our every-day lives as everyone else.

To this end we must support and learn from each other, organize ourselves and work for political changes that lead to the legal protection of our human and civil rights and therefore they must take the initiative in designing and promoting better solutions. People with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities.

The Independent Living philosophy demands the removal of infrastructural, institutional, and attitudinal barriers and the adoption of the Universal Design principle. Depending on the individual’s disability, support services such as assistive technology, income supplements or personal assistance are necessary to achieve equal opportunities.

 “Independent Living does not mean that we want to do everything by ourselves, do not need anybody or like to live in isolation. Independent Living means that we demand the same choices and control in our every-day lives that our non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends take for granted. We want to grow up in our families, go to the neighborhood school, use the same bus as our neighbors, work in jobs that are in line with our education and interests, and raise families of our own. We are profoundly ordinary people sharing the same need to feel included, recognized and loved.”   ~ Dr. Adolf Ratzka

ILRU logoLearn more about independent living, home and community-based services, and the Americans with Disabilities Act on the ILRU website.

The ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field. It is a program of TIRR Memorial Hermann, a nationally recognized medical rehabilitation facility for persons with disabilities.

Since ILRU was established in 1977, it has developed a variety of strategies for collecting, synthesizing, and disseminating information related to the field of independent living. ILRU staff–a majority of whom are people with disabilities–serve independent living centers, statewide independent living councils, state and federal rehabilitation agencies, consumer organizations, educational institutions, medical facilities, and other organizations involved in the field, both nationally and internationally.