About Us: Independent Living and the Kingston Centre
Who We Are
Independent Living Centre Kingston Mission Statement
Independent Living Centre Kingston is a regional non-profit organization run by and for people with disabilities promoting Independent Living. We provide leadership, support and skills development for people with disabilities and our communities.
Independent Living Centre Kingston Vision Statement
Independent Living Centre Kingston believes in a society whereby people with all disabilities fully participate in every aspect of their communities by applying Independent Living principles. These principles empower individuals with disabilities to explore options, make decisions, take risks and take control of their own life.
What is Independent Living (IL)
Independent living means having the ability to live independently and productively in the community, with the same freedom of choice as non-disabled persons.
Independent living means the ability to examine alternatives and make informed decisions and direct one's own life. This ability requires the availability of information, financial resources and peer group support systems. Independent living is a dynamic process; it can never be static. A person's physical, emotional and social environment and their subsequent needs are continually changing and evolving. The struggle for independent living and personal determination is something each disabled person must approach in their own way. However, as disabled persons we have common problems and concerns and must continue to work together to eliminate artificial barriers to our full and equal participation within society.
Independent Living Centres’ 4 Guiding Principles:
1. Be consumer-controlled:
More than half of the people directly involved in the organization’s management and decision-making are people with disabilities.
2. Serve cross-disability:
Offer programs and services to all persons, regardless of the type and number of their disabilities.
3. Be community-based and not-for-profit:
People with disabilities can identify issues in their own communities which affect their lives.
4. Promote full participation and integration:
Support people with disabilities and encourage individuals to participate in all aspects of the economic, cultural and social life in Canada
Learn More About Independent Living Centre Kingston (ILCK)
Independent living affects us all; people with disabilities, their families and the community. ILCK offers resources and support for people with disabilities and the community.
To learn more about ILCK explore the site, contact us and learn how we got here by exploring our beginnings at ILCK History.
Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, and it helps build a stronger community. At Independent Living Centre Kingston, our volunteers are a valuable part of our team and contribute to the success of the delivery of services for persons with disabilities in our community. For more information on how to get involved.
Have you used the resources and services of ILCK? Do you want to support people with disabilities in the Kingston area? Help us and make your voice heard by becoming a member of Independent Living Centre Kingston. For more information on how to get involved.
Address: 540 Montreal St., Kingston, ON K7K 3J2
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