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