What Does Independent Living Really Mean?
“Independent Living” has a variety of meanings. It’s been used to describe housing. It’s been used to describe personal care services. It’s been used to describe healthcare facilities. It’s been used to describe advocacy for people with disabilities.
But ultimately, this Center for Independent Living, thinks of a single goal, self-determination.
An independent person is self determining in these ways:
- He lives where he wants to live.
- She works in the job she wants to work.
- He goes to places he wants to go.
- She spends time with people she chooses.
- He buys the things he wants to have.
- She raises the children in the way she chooses.
- He studies the topics he wants to learn more about.
- She has fun doing activities of her choosing.
- He manages his finances according to his own rules.
- She worships where she wants to worship.
- He manages his health, physical and emotional.
- She has life, liberty and the choice to pursue her own happiness.
- They love whom they choose, and others choose to love them.
- They do none of this alone.
Independent Living is not about doing everything without the help of others. Independent living is making you own choices within our society.
Voices for Independence provide a variety of services education and programming that help you, the individual with a disability, live more independently.
Independence isn’t a finite target. Independence is a journey.