Independent Living Resource Center
Who are we?

The Independent Living Resource Center is a public-benefit, nonprofit organization that promotes the Independent Living (IL) philosophy and its tenets of full access, equal opportunity, and maximum success and self-sufficiency for all people with disabilities.


ILRC has four offices serving the vast tri-counties region, covering San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.


Most consumers come to ILRC when they encounter physical or societal barriers to independent living.


Barriers to full inclusion for people with disabilities include:


  • a lack of accessible, affordable housing or transportation;
  •  businesses, employers, landlords, and others who discriminate against applicants with disabilities;
  • a cultural, societal stigma or the perception that a disability is something to hide or deny--a cause for shame or embarrassment;
  • situations where accommodation for communication needs are not made;


Like all California independent living centers, ILRC is consumer-driven and consumer-led, meaning that the majority of its board and staff members have a disability themselves. Staff uses their collective knowledge, experiences and ideas to support consumers in their efforts to live as independently as possible.


ILRC trains consumers in self-advocacy, and in the tools and strategies that make community living possible. We work to empower individuals to be successful self-advocates and encourage them to join others in collectively working toward  more educated and equitable communities.


ILRC itself also advocates for the disability community and leads systems-change efforts to influence social and public policy, expanding and ensuring full access to the same places, activities and opportunities that all Californians enjoy.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. (ILRC) is to promote independent living and full access for individuals with disabilities through advocacy, education and action in our communities. 

How are we funded? 
ILRC has a variety of funding sources.  Along with donations, and local foundations, we receive federal funding, mandated by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, in the form of Title 7C grants both directly from the Federal government and monitored through the California State Department of Rehabilitation. ILRC also received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) monies in 2009 that fund programs providing outreach and service to veterans and youth with disabilities.


On occasion ILRC has the opportunity to apply for competitive Title 7B grants, also administered through the Department of Rehab, when they are appropriate for our consumer demographic and needs. These grants focus on specific activities and/or ethnic groups or disability populations that are identified in the current three-year State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).

THE SPIL is written by the State Independent Living Council (SILC) in cooperation with the Department of Rehab. Council members are governor-appointed; the ILRC’s executive director is a former SILC council member and one ILRC board member currently also serves on the SILC. You can read the 2011-2013 SPIL narrative.