Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc. (TRI), is the Independent Living Center (ILC) located in Dutchess County, NY. Founded over 30 years ago, our mission is to promote independence and integration in society for people with disabilities.

Independent Living Centers are community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organizations. ILCs are unique in that they operate according to a strict philosophy of self-direction, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization.

All Independent Living Centers provide the following free core services:

  • Peer Support
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Information and Referral
  • Individual and Systems Advocacy

Taconic Resources for Independence, Inc.  also provides the following additional free services:

  • Peer housing advocacy
  • Social Security benefits counseling
  • Architectural Barrier Consultation
  • Special Education advocacy
  • Americans with Disabilities Act workshops
  • Sign Language interpreter services and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Advocacy
  • Transitioning from institutions to the community
  • Veteran’s Services
  • And much more!

Our primary goal is to remove financial, architectural, communication and attitudinal barriers to allow for full participation and independence locally and beyond for people with disabilities.

On a daily basis, we advocate on behalf of people with disabilities, while also acting as consultants regarding disability issues. As such, we are poised to identify the needs of the individuals and families we serve, to discover gaps in services, as well as any disparities and barriers in accessing appropriate services. We are sought out by individuals with disabilities, their families and area agencies to answer questions and to assist people in navigating the barriers to inclusive living they face within our community.

About Independent Living
ILCs provide an array of services that assist New Yorkers with disabilities to live integrated and self-directed lives.  ILCs assist with living, learning and earning. ILCs work to remove barriers to full participation in to the local community and beyond. VESID administers base funding for 39 Independent Living Centers (ILCS) throughout the state.

ILCs are private, not-for-profit organizations, governed by a majority of people with disabilities and staffed primarily by people with disabilities.  ILCs are resource centers that do not run residential programs or operate places where people live.  The philosophy of independent living is to maximize opportunities for choices and growth through peer driven supports and self-help.  ILCs are the voice of people with disabilities and the disability rights movement in local communities across New York State.

What is Independent Living?
Independent Living means controlling and directing your own life. It means taking risks and being allowed to succeed and fail on your own terms. It means participating in community life and pursuing activities of your own choosing. Independent Living is knowing what choices are available, selecting what is right for you and taking responsibility for your own actions.

For people with disabilities affecting their ability to make complicated decisions or pursue complex activities, independent living means being as self-sufficient as possible. It means being able to exercise the greatest degree of choice in where you live, with whom you live, how to live, where you work, with whom you work and how to use your time.

For more on VESID, Vocational Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities go to: www.vesid.nysed.gov