We advocate and embody

Independence and Equality for
all people with disabilities

We are a Center for Independent Living

Our vision is that people with disabilities live independent and
fully inclusive lives and are recognized by society as equal.

Independence Now is a nonprofit organization designed, governed and staffed by people with disabilities.

We are part of a nationwide network of Centers for Independent Living, and serve as a resource and advocacy center that promotes independent living and equal access for people of all ages with all types of disabilities residing in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

Independence Now values serving a diverse population while educating and collaborating within and beyond the disability community.

Independence Now is an inclusive, affirming, safe space.

Our Independent Living Core Services

Information & Referral


Ask questions, learn about resources, and where to go for what you need.

Individual & System Advocacy

Getting what you want and need, and making the community better for people with disabilities.

Peer
Support


Tear down barriers and reach personal goals with a peer by your side.

Independent Living Skills Training

Gaining skills to live and work independently.

Youth &
Nursing Facility Transition

Support for youth transitioning to adult life and post-secondary education, or moving from an institution back to the community.

Our Stories

Read the latest news and stories about Independence Now and our Consumers

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National Blondie Brownie Day | Sarah’s Recipe

Nothing beats a cold winter weekend than a warm, ooey-gooey brownie. In the mood for something different? Why not try a blondie brownie! Independence Now Executive Director, Sarah Basehart, shared her family recipe with us and we can’t wait to try it! It’s in honor of #NationalBlondieBrownieDay, so calories don’t count 😜😜😜. Ingredients 1 Cup

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Isaiah’s Journey to Independence

At the start of services, Isaiah was a living in a nursing facility in Prince Georges County and was in the process of transiting to a Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) group home. Isaiah was only 23 at the time. He acquired his disability at age 11 from a traumatic brain injury that caused him to

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What Our Consumers Say

Consumers share how they've gained greater independence in their everyday life

Community Events

Independence Now continues serve our community during the COVID-19 pandemic by offering a wide variety of learning and social events in a safe and virtual format. Whether you’re seeking critical resource information or an entertaining cooking class, you’re sure to find something of interest in our program offerings.

Coming Up

Facing COVID Now

Facing COVID Now

How have you coped with special dates during the pandemic? Join Dr. Mana K. Ali, Ph.D., in a safe space to discuss how we are coping.

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25 January 2021

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Whether for yourself or someone you love, our staff are ready to talk about the services we offer and how we might work together to accomplish Independent Living goals.

Our Partners

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