Independent Living Institute (ILI)

ILI promotes the self-determination of people with disabilities

The Independent Living Institute (ILI) is a policy development center specializing in consumer-driven policies for disabled peoples' self-determination, self-respect and dignity.

We run a virtual library and interactive services for persons with extensive disabilities. We are experts in designing and implementing direct payment schemes for personal assistance services, mainstream taxi and assistive technology. Our projects >>

We are a not-for-profit private foundation run and controlled mainly by persons with disabilities. Our latest Annual Report >>

As ILI is based in Stockholm, Sweden, our website features an online service for reporting discrimination due to disability in Sweden and a database with information about personal assistance service providers in Sweden (both in Swedish).

Zero Project 2015: Call for nominations of Innovative Practices and Policies

The Zero Project team would like to invite leading experts and organizations to nominate outstanding practices and policies concerning this year’s topic which is: Independent Living and Political Participation

 What can be nominated?

  • Innovative Practices: an operational project or an organization with legal entity.

  • Innovative Policies: a law, regulation, standard, action plan, programme, etc., issued by governments, parliaments or public administration at all governance levels.

 All nominated practices or policies have to be already implemented (at least 18 months) and their impact should by proven by facts and figures. They can be local, national, regional or international in nature.

The Innovative Policies and Practices selected by internationally renowned experts in a multistep process will be:

  • featured in the Zero Project Report 2015, on its website and social media platforms; and
  • their representatives will be invited to speak at the Zero Project Conference 2015 in Vienna (Austria).

Submitting a nomination is easy: Read the instructions first and then complete the nomination form  (also available in other languages: Please send the completed nomination form to Ms Doris Neuwirth: by July 4, 2014.

What is Independent Living

Independent Living is a philosophy and a movement of people with disabilities who work for self-determination, equal opportunities and self-respect. Independent Living does not mean that we want to do everything by ourselves and do not need anybody or that we want to live in isolation Independent Living means that we demand the same choices and control in our every-day lives that our non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends take for granted. We want to grow up in our families, go to the neighborhood school, use the same bus as our neighbors, work in jobs that are in line with our education and interests, and start families of our own.

Since we are the best experts on our needs, we need to show the solutions we want, need to be in charge of our lives, think and speak for ourselves - just as everybody else. To this end we must support and learn from each other, organize ourselves and work for political changes that lead to the legal protection of our human and civil rights.

We are profoundly ordinary people sharing the same need to feel included, recognized and loved.

As long as we regard our disabilities as tragedies, we will be pitied.
As long as we feel ashamed of who we are, our lives will be regarded as useless.
As long as we remain silent, we will be told by others what to do.

Adolf Ratzka 2005