IL Philosophy

The Independent Living (IL) philosophy is central to SSILC’s work.  The IL philosophy is based on the right of people to live with dignity in their chosen community, participate in all aspects of life, and to control and make decisions about their own lives. The consultation method used in every aspect of SSILC’s programming is based on the IL philosophy, and implements an asset based approach to developing both individual and community capacity.


The Independent Living Movement is based upon four principles.

Information and Networking
This principle promotes the Independent Living philosophy to consumers, their families, friends and support networks, community and governments by providing clear, accurate and up to date information that meets individual needs.
Peer Support
Peer support provides opportunities for people with disabilities to share their knowledge and lived experiences with the intent of reducing isolation while presenting opportunities to develop leadership skills.
IL Skills Development
The independent living skills development assists individuals to advocate on their own behalf, supports their choices, respects their decisions, and affords individuals opportunities to take risks.
Research and Community Development
IL Centres recognize that people with disabilities have expertise in determining what works and what does not. By working together with individuals, community organizations, governments, schools, universities and businesses, gaps in service can be determined and new options and solutions can be created.

For more information, please visit the IL Canada website