Living Independently

If you have a disability, certain aspects of everyday life – employment, transportation, social and recreational activities – can be difficult. We offer services statewide to help you live independently and to function in your home, at work and in your community.
 

Independent Living Services

To find services that can help you live independently, start by meeting a counselor at any Vocational Rehabilitation Services field office. Your counselor will help you decide which services are best for you and explain how you can qualify for financial aid to buy equipment or to make modifications to your home, vehicle or workplace.

Find a Vocational Rehabilitation Services field office at a WorkForce Center near you.


Independent Living Centers

Most of the services you’ll need are offered through a statewide network of eight private, nonprofit centers for independent living that operate in partnership with us. 

Find a facility near you. 

Each of the regional centers provides four core services:

Information and Referral

Reliable information to help you find accessible housing, transportation, job opportunities, personal care attendants, interpreters for hearing impaired people, readers for visually impaired people, and many other services.

Skills Training

Check with the nearest center to discover the range of available training options, including: How to use public transportation systems, manage a personal budget, or deal with insensitive and discriminatory behavior by members of the general public.

Peer Counseling

Peer counselors – people with disabilities who live independently – can help you make adjustments if you have a new disability, help you make decisions about your living arrangements, and show you how to use community services effectively. 

Advocacy

Centers can help you obtain services from other agencies. They can also initiate social and community changes that make it easier for people with disabilities to live independently. A broad range of additional services can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Some of the more common ones include: community education, public information services, equipment repair, recreational activities, and home modifications.