History of Indepenendent Living Centre Kingston
Who We Are
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a group of individuals with disabilities brought the concept of Independent Living (IL) to Kingston. After conducting a research study, they confirmed Kingston's need for an Independent Living Centre.
Planning and development resulted in funding for one full-time employee when Independent Living Centre Kingston (ILCK) opened its doors in 1988.
The early 1990s ILCK was defining what we were about, understanding the philosophy of IL, and internalizing it into our mission and mandate. Time was spent promoting the IL movement in Kingston because there was no awareness building before that.
Along with promoting the centre, ILCK secured funding to deliver information services, and support and skills building to people with disabilities for greater community participation. ILCK started to respond to the need for housing, and employment resources and services to people with disabilities - unmet needs in the community until that point. As we provided services and promoted ILCK, our membership and user-base continued to grow.
By the mid-1990s, we became more involved with disability organizations. ILCK brought more than 16 organizations from the Eastern Ontario together for the Voices in Partnership conference to assess priorities in the disability community. ILCK raised the issues of violence against women with disabilities, and developed educational material and training programs.
ILCK began to focus on educating the community about accessibility, and created an Access Guide to Kingston. Employment services went from on-site training programs to programs that helped people find employment and improve their quality of life, through concurrent IL skills building. In the late 1990s, the centre took a leadership role on the provincial and national levels. We became partners in the Direct Funding pilot project.
ILCK continues to provide its services and expanded them to include disability awareness training. We streamlined our operations programming procedures and today operate with greater efficiency than ever before. We continue to promote the centre within the community and have substantially increased our community involvement and outreach efforts.
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.
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