This web site has a cross
disability focus. It is designed to be
a resource for people with disabilities, regardless of type of
This site incorporates independent living values and principles such
Independent living does not mean doing
everything without assistance,
rather it is being in control of how things are done whether or not one
uses or employs the services of others.
People with disabilities need to:
Disability and health can coexist
and people with disabilities can achieve,
maintain, and always improve upon healthy life styles. People with
Be in control and take charge of how things are done i.e. -
self-direction - control over choices, options, and decision
and when people choose to get assistance.
how much control people have over their environment, not the number of
tasks they can do without assistance. [Independence is not necessarily
the quality of tasks on can perform without assistance, but is the
of life one can live with assistance - assistance not given in the
of duty and charity, but in the framework of a service under the direct
control of the person receiving the service......Ann Arbor Center for
right to take risks and the right to fail.
Be responsible for managing significant issues in their lives including:
managing one's own affairs
participating in day to day community life
fulfilling a range of social roles.
Be informed consumers of health care,
Be co-managers of their health care,
Ask relevant questions of their health care providers.
The web site has evolved over the years and these organizations
have in part contributed to its continued development.
at Western University
of Health Sciences, Pomona, California
IL NET -- ILRU/NCIL
Training and Technical Assistance Project
Rehabilitation Research and
Training Center on Aging with a Disability
Research and Training Center on
Care and Disability
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