Independent Living Research Utilization
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 the 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.
Learn more about independent living, home and community-based services, and the Americans with Disabilities Act on the ILRU website.
National Council on Independent Living
The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.
Learn more about NCIL and how you can be involved here.
Administration for Community Living
ACL advocates across the federal government for older adults, people with disabilities, and families and caregivers; funds services and supports provided primarily by states and networks of community-based programs; and invests in training, education, research, and innovation. ACL manages a variety of programs, provides assistance on health and wellness, protects rights and prevents abuse, supports consumer control, strengthens the networks of community-based organizations, funds research, and much more.
Learn more about the kinds of programs offered by ACL by visiting this link. See more here.
Centers for Independent Living
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private non-profit agencies that are designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities. The philosophy of independent living is to maximize opportunities for choices and growth through peer-driven support and self-help. CILs are the voice of people with disabilities and the disability rights movement in local communities across Delaware. All Independent Living Centers provide a set of core services geared toward promoting self-help, equal access, peer role modeling, personal growth, and empowerment. The scope of services is directed by individual and community needs.
Click on the buttons to learn more about Delaware's Indpendent Living Centers.
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI)
The Disabilities Law Program (“DLP”) is the state’s designated Protection and Advocacy agency under federal law. The DLP provides advocacy services to individuals with disabilities to protect them from abuse and neglect and to advocate for their legal rights.
The Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI) is a key component of the DLP.
CLASI helps provide equal access to justice.
CLASI’s mission is to combat injustice through creative and persistent civil legal advocacy on behalf of vulnerable and underserved Delawareans.
To connect with the DLP and CLASI follow this link www.declasi.org
Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center provides information, guidance, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of businesses, government entities, organizations, and individuals in the Mid-Atlantic Region (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV). Learn more about us.
Independent Living Acronyms List
The picture above is a blue bowl with the words ‘Alphabet Soup’ written inside.
There is nothing more frustrating than attending a meeting and feeling overwhelmed in not knowing what people are talking about. People often use acronyms when they speak or write. An acronym is an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word. For example, you may have seen the acronym LOL which translates to laughing out loud.
To help you navigate the world of acronyms that are used in independent living, we recommend the following resource: https://cedwvu.org/resources/disability-acronym-list/
Each month we will focus on one acronym and instead of simply translating it, we will provide a brief description.