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What is Independent Living Philosophy?

The philosophy of Independent Living considers disability to be a natural part of the human experience. Disability does not diminish the right of individuals to live independently, enjoy self-determination, make choices, contribute to society, pursue meaningful careers, and enjoy full inclusion and integration into the mainstream of society. This philosophy underlies the peer-delivered services and advocacy that make up the Independent Living program described within Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act.

Use the following links to learn more about the philosophy of “Independent Living” and the struggle for civil rights for those who experience disabilities.

Independent Living Movement History & Philosophy (PDF or TXT)

Smithsonian Exhibit on the Disability Rights Movement