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.

International Conference: Using the Law as a Tool for Social Change, May 30, 2018 in Stockholm

Independent Living Institute invites:

  • Disabled People’s Organizations
  • Human Rights Advocates
  • Researchers and Students of Law
  • Law Firms interested in pro bono work
  • other stakeholders working with "the Law as a Tool” in the fight against discrimination

To gather in Stockholm for an exchange of knowledge and increase in competence on discrimination and disability, implementation of rights and ways of using strategic litigation to give disabled people better legal protection and better quality of life. Read more about the conference here..

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. Read more about us and our projects...

We are a not-for-profit private foundation run and controlled mainly by persons with disabilities. Our latest Annual Report (2016)

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

Adolf Ratzka – ”Generation change at the Independent Living Institute”

Jamie Bolling is ILI's director from October 2017 taking over from Adolf Ratzka who  has been ILI's director since the organization's start in 1993.

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