Independence Now is an Inclusive, Affirming, Safe Space
Independence Now works to create an LGBTQ+ and gender-affirming space for people with disabilities with a goal for independence. We believe that all members of the LGBTQ+ community deserve access to spaces including at organizations that positively affirm their LGBTQ+ and/or gender identity. We honor the intersectionality that exists for all people and will encourage you to guide us in the identity you want to be the focus of your work with us.
Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Disabled Lives Matter
As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), we fight to ensure civil rights and equity for people with disabilities, regardless of color or race. We recognize that systemic racism and ableism in this country continue to devalue and even take the lives of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and persons with disabilities. It has to stop with us.
On June 10, 2020, Independence Now released a statement on police violence in the wake of the tragic killing of George Floyd. Shortly after, Independence Now hosted two “Black & Brown Disabled Lives Matter” online conferences and a protest. Participants in the conferences were asked for their recommendations on steps Independence Now can take to be help end discrimination in our communities.
Through these discussions, our #BIPOCDLM initiative was developed. The priorities of the initiative were developed from recommendations made from community members during the conferences and include:
- Join with other Disability Advocacy Organizations on training and educating Police on disability
- Create and host a session to train consumers on their rights in HealthCare and how to speak up
- Get out the Vote
- Educating society at large about disability to change attitudes
- Further support Youth of Color on self advocacy and their rights
- Get out the word about Independence Now so people with disabilities can access services and supports
- Be a platform for People of Color with disabilities to tell their stories
Independence Now implements these recommendations throughout our work, services, program offerings, events, communications, and fundraising efforts. We remain steadfast in our commitment to fight systemic racism and injustice and to implement REAL change.