IL Philosophy

The Independent Living (IL) philosophy is based on the right of persons with disabilities to be valued equally, make decisions, live with dignity, and participate fully in all aspects of life. Every aspect of SSILC’s programming is based on the IL philosophy.

Independent Living Means:

Living with dignity in our chosen community;
Participating in all aspects of our own lives;
Controlling and making decisions about our own lives;
Being a respected, contributing, and valued member of our community

Peer Support

Peer Support is a supportive relationship between people who have a lived experience in common. Peer support is designed to

provide opportunities for people with disabilities to:

  • Share knowledge and lived experiences
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Exercise rights and responsibilities
  • Reduce isolation

Skills Development

SSILC provides people the opportunity to develop self-identified skills in many areas. Through skills development people can learn to:

  • Self-advocate
  • Self-evaluate
  • Make decisions and choices
  • Solve problems
  • Communicate effectively
  • Take risks
  • Develop strategies to address barriers and discrimination
  • Access community services and training opportunities

Research & Community

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.

Some examples of Research and Community Development activities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research and demonstration projects
  • Disability awareness training
  • Facility/web accessibility audits
  • Crime prevention and abuse initiatives

Information & Networking

Information is key to having choices, to making decisions, and learning to take risks. SSILC provides clear, accurate and up to date information to best meet individual needs.

Information and Networking promotes the Independent Living philosophy to:

  • SSILC consumers
  • Family and friends
  • Support networks
  • Community
  • Government at all levels

For more information, please visit the IL Canada website