Frequently asked questions

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Who is Independence Place for?

We are a consumer-directed cross-disability agency. More than half our staff are persons with disabilities, as are more than half our board of directors. As people with disabilities working for people with disabilities, we offer advocacy, service, and support. We do everything it takes to empower people with disabilities to live active, self-determined lives.

How do I get started?

  1. It all starts with the first contact. Call us at 859-266-2807 or visit our contact page for other options. We’ll set up an appointment for a personal consultation.
  2. At our second meeting, we’ll go over action plans to accomplish your goals.
  3. Meet with us. We’ll form a custom plan to fit your individual goals!
  4. We’ll walk beside you, as needed until your independence goals are met.

What is the Independent Living movement?

The independent living movement started out as a moral imperative rather than a social service model. The purpose of this movement was—and remains—to provide a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help and self-determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy,

Centers for Independent Living were established in the early 1970s by Ed Roberts, who contracted polio at the age of 14 and was paralyzed. Roberts was the first person with severe disabilities to attend the University of California, Berkeley. He and other disability advocates demanded control over their lives and full access in their communities, and through these efforts, Roberts became a pioneer in the independent living movement known as the “Father of Independent Living.”

Before Centers for Independent Living existed, services and advocacy for people with disabilities were often non-existent or extremely fragmented. The development and expansion of Centers for Independent Living and the independent living movement were significantly influenced by social and civil rights movements that view discrimination, patronization, and unjust treatment of people with disabilities as intolerable.

The empowerment of people with disabilities has evolved significantly in the past 30 years. Centers for Independent Living have played a leading role in the revolution of disability rights and the independent living movement. Centers for Independent Living, which receive funding from the state to provide independent living services, are also the primary service providers of systems advocacy, and promote the independent living philosophy of consumer-driven change.

Can I donate to Independence Place?

As a non-profit, we rely on fundraising and donors to help us provide the highest quality supports and services. Please visit our donate page for more information.