Disability History

Our Commitment to #FightRacism

In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Independence Now reaffirms our commitment to continue the important work of creating a more equitable and safe community for all. 

Johnnie Lacy, Social Justice Pioneer

All through February, join Independence Now as we proudly celebrate Black History Month by sharing stories of black activists and pioneers in the disability rights movement. Today we’re sharing the story of Johnnie Lacy, a social justice pioneer and one of the founding members of the first Center for Independent Living (CIL), in Berkeley, CA.[…]

The Philosophy of Independent Living

Have you wondered why Centers for Independent Living (CILs) do things the way we do them? CILs are built on a few key foundational beliefs, which together form our philosophy and subsequently the way we provide supports and services to people with disabilities. First, we embrace that all individuals are different and unique. Both within[…]

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