The Independence Center


We are, and we work with, people with disabilities to help increase independence. Our 15 programs are free, diverse and strategic in helping people meet their goals and increase their independence. We assist with applying for and maximizing benefits, finding employment and getting assistive technology. We provide numerous peer support groups, do community organizing and help with emergency preparedness planning, among our many other programs.


We support people in meeting whatever goal they have, with no judgment. Over 81 percent of our staff and 50 percent of our Board of Directors themselves have disabilities. As peers, we understand the importance of making our own choices, whether or not they are successful. Growing one’s independence is a broad topic and we tailor our services to focus on a wide array of each individual’s interests.


Assistive technology such as wheelchair-accessible vans, magnifying glasses, CCTVs, assistive hearing technology, and gently-used furniture for people moving from nursing homes to apartments.

Did You Know

In 2017, The Independence Center transitioned 12 people from nursing facilities to homes and an independent life, saving an estimated $528,000 of taxpayer dollars.

“That’s when the internet opened up to me, and I could go anywhere.” — Tony Wilkins, a person with quadriplegia, after receiving a mouth-controlled mouse, called the Jouse 3, from The Independence Center

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