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.


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

September 2023. Pain Awareness Month. Purple ribbon on white background.

Pain Awareness Month

September marks Pain Awareness Month and we want to take this opportunity to highlight the millions of people living with chronic pain.

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Disability History

Reflecting on the past as we move forward

Deidre Davis Butler is an older Black woman with shoulder length silver hair. She wears a colorful scarf, a black top, and smiles.

Black History Month Profile: Deidre Davis Butler

Deidre Davis Butler, who used a wheelchair as a result of spinal cord damage, championed the rights of people with disabilities. As an attorney, she helped draft the Americans With Disabilities Act, and was dedicated to making sure that everyone had equal access to resources and support.

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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

Make a Referral

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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