VI. The Independent Living Movement 1970 to Present C. Moving Toward Independence
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Peer counseling (including cross-disability peer counseling): Centers offer services in which a person with a disability can work and share first hand experiences with others who have disabilities and who are living independently in the community.

Individual and systems advocacy: Centers work on an individual basis with people with disabilities to obtain necessary and appropriate services and supports from other agencies in the community. Staff, board members, and volunteers initiate activities that will bring about systems change and result in greater independence for persons with disabilities.


Centers may also provide counseling services; services related to securing housing or shelter, and adaptive housing services; rehabilitation technology; mobility training; services and training for people with cognitive and sensory disabilities; personal assistance services, including attendant training; surveys, directories, and other activities to identify appropriate support services; consumer information programs on rehabilitation and independent living, especially for minorities, and traditionally unserved and underserved people with disabilities; education and training for living and participating in the community; supported living; transportation assistance and referral; physical rehabilitation; therapeutic treatment; provision of durable medical equipment; individual and group social recreational services; training for youth with disabilities that emphasizes self-awareness and esteem; services for children; services under other government programs designed to increase the independence, productivity, and quality of life for individuals with disabilities; preventive services; and community awareness programs.