Independence Now, (IN) Inc. is a Center for Independent Living (CIL), which is a non-residential, consumer controlled, community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organization. Along with the other 400 plus CILs in the United States, we are unique in that we are staffed and governed by people with disabilities and operate according to the philosophy that people with disabilities have the right to govern their own lives. We provide an array of services to people with ALL types of disabilities who live in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.
The Independent Living philosophy stresses consumer (a person with a disability) control, the idea that people with disabilities are the best authorities on their own needs. They have crucial and valuable viewpoints to contribute and are worthy of equal access to services and programs. People with disabilities should have the opportunity to decide how to live, work, and take part in their communities, particularly in reference to services that powerfully affect their day-to-day lives and access to independence.
Attendees from the Disability Resource Symposium for Spanish Residents, in recognition of Latin American Heritage Month.
Independence Now's core services are:
It is our belief that individuals with disabilities are the best guides to independence; therefore, Independent Living Specialists:
IL Specialists facilitate one-on-one and group skills trainings in an array of areas to promote independence, such as:
As a resource and advocacy center, IN serves as a guide through the maze of services by connecting consumers and the general public with current information on programs, equipment and community resources. Information and referrals help assist consumers to build a network of supports as they pursue goal achievements and furtherance of their independence.
Referrals are also made to other community organizations and programs.
IN publishes a monthly newsletter "IN Touch" that outlines all monthly and quarterly activities such as:
Transition services has several parts, first, supporting students with disabilities transition from high school to work or post-secondary education. It is also Transition and Diversion from Nursing Homes- Assisting to make the transition from institutions back into the community and into their own homes or to prevent Nursing Facility placement.