Independent Living Resource Center
Acquiring Independent Living Skills
Independent living philosophy promoted the decision-making be, and growth of the individual. For a complete description of the philosophy, click here.

ILRC offers the following training in a variety of skills that allow a person with a disability to live more independently in the community.

Become clear about your rights and trained in how to ask for the accommodations you need as a person with a disability. Examples of accommodations include grab-bars in hotel showers, alternate formats of written materials or presentations, and assistance completing paperwork for basic services such as housing, benefits or healthcare.

Durable medical equipment (such as wheelchairs and walkers) and mechanical devices are tools that make independent living more successful. For details about how ILRC can provide you with AT information, click here.

Learn about eligibility, applications and appeals for government benefit programs including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance(SSDI), Medi-Cal, Medicare, Section 8 Housing and more.

Parenting with a disability (or without) can be a challenge. Although you may need to do things in a nontraditional way, there are still plenty of ways to express love, raise, discipline and teach our children. “Peer support” – support from other parents with disabilities – can make a big difference.


Children are adaptable and resilient. They will accept a parent’s disability once they understand it. Encourage your child(ren) to ask questions about your disability or to express their opinions about it when it’s important to them.

Please feel free to contact our office for advice and support.

Know your options about public transit, including fixed-route bus and paratransit, and eligibility rules and applications for an ADA card. Find out where to get schedules and free training on how to use all types of public transportation.

Find out about vocational counseling, job coaching, and return-to-work regulations and how the latter affect your SSI and SSDI benefits. Contact our offices to learn more.

Plan and prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies. Our office can supply a list of what should be in your emergency preparedness kit. Please contact us for more information.