Independent Living Centre Kingston was founded by people with disabilities in the late 1980s. We are a disability resource centre and provide information, support, and skills-building programs that address disability issues in the community. We support people with disabilities, their families, and the community. All of our programs and services are free.
Who We Are
Empowering people with disabilities to create an accessible and inclusive community.
An inclusive community that is designed to value and empower people with disabilities.
What is Independent Living (IL)
Independent living is a vision, philosophy, and movement for people with disabilities. Independent living was founded on the rights of people with disabilities to live with dignity. The IL philosophy promotes and encourages self direction in consumers so they can access the services they require to participate as citizens in their community. The IL philosophy recognizes the rights of individuals with disabilities to take risks and make decisions.
Independent Living Centre Kingston Strategic Plan
Our Strategic Plan 2017-2021 is built on our vision, mission, and core values. Independent Living Centre Kingston is committed to achieving its strategic goals. Download our Strategic Plan to find out more: Our Strategic Plan 2017-2021.
Independent Living Centre’s 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:
We offer programs and services to all people regardless of the 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.