Who We Are
Independent Living Center of Mobile is a Center for Independent Living (CIL), an organization not about “helping” people with disabilities but built on the central concept of self-empowerment. It is a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability nonprofit that provides an array of independent living services. We do everything it takes to empower people with disabilities to live active, self-determined lives including advocacy, services, and support. More than half of our staff are persons with disabilities, as are over half of our Board of Directors.
We did not just learn this– we live it!
Independent Living center of Mobile offers core services to the following counties in the Southwest region of Alabama: Baldwin, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Escambia, Geneva, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Sumter, Washington, Wilcox. We answer all inquiries regardless of location. We can forward inquiries to the appropriate agency per location and need.
Principles that guide our decision-making.
- Empowerment – We do not reach goals for individuals; we teach the skills that allow them to do for themselves.
- Inclusion – We advocate for individuals with disabilities to be included in integrated environments in the classroom, employment, fun, housing, leadership roles, and in discussions that impact their lives and the disability community.
- Independence – Individuals with disabilities should have the right to control their own lives and make decisions about what is best for them. We believe every individual can be independent.
- Equality – We advocate for equal rights and access, not special treatment.
- Disability Pride – “Disability” is not a negative word. It means we are more adaptable. We are proud of who we are, and the barriers we have overcome have only made us stronger.
Our Core Services
- Information and Referral
Independent Living Specialists work with consumers regarding the broad-range of disability-related information and/or referrals.Consumers and family members are provided with assistance to utilize accessible resources and/or referrals to agencies in their respective Southwest Alabama Counties.
Learn how to advocate for yourself and have your voice heard while acting for change that offers equal opportunity for people with disabilities. We can help you contact your government officials, write letters or make phone calls, travel to Montgomery for special events or just figure out how to stand up for your rights in your own life.
- Peer Support
Learn problem-solving solutions, share Successes and build relationships with other individuals with disabilities who may share your needs/concerns.
- Independent Living Skills
Learn the skills you desire to have to be independent every day and/or to live on your own. You can pick the areas on which you want to work, like budgeting, cooking, running your home, communication, transportation, or even how to speak up for yourself.
- Transition into the Community
Receive assistance relocating from an institution into your own home. Get help learning about the things you will need to be successful – such as finding housing, setting up utilities, and arranging and getting support from others. As well as Nursing Home Diversion: Help prevent entering a nursing home by identifying problems that threaten your independence and solutions that work for you.