Arkansas Independent Living Council

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Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act as Amended (now part of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998) covers independent living services. In Arkansas, consumers may receive these services through the Centers for Independent Living and through the field offices at Arkansas Rehabilitation Services or through Division of Services for the Blind for consumers with visual impairments.
You may refer yourself to a CIL. You do not need a doctor or health professional to receive services from a Center for Independent Living. That's the idea. CILs are non-medical models. The approach is that you probably know what works best for you, and the staff at a CIL or ILS provider is there to assist you to reach your goal. You are in charge from start to finish. You do not see counselors or case workers at a CIL. You may see, if you choose, an independent living specialist, who is a resource professional who can help you find the information you need or design the plan you want. If you want to learn how to drive a car but need special equipment, a CIL can help; if you are in a nursing home and you want to live in the community instead, a CIL can probably help you too.
CILs are required to provide four core services, which are:
information and referral;
peer support and counseling;
individual and systems advocacy; and
independent living skills training
CILs are not, as some think, residential settings. You cannot live at a CIL. But a CIL can probably help you find an accessible place to live in the community, or maybe make the place where you already live more accessible.

Our non governmental, non-profit, organization works at the local level.

We consider ourselves as part of the international Independent Living and Disability Rights Movement.

Our organization is mainly run, controlled and represented by disabled people.

We have expertise, or are interested in cooperating with other organizations, in the areas of:

Coalition building and networking.
Computers and disability.
Education and vocational training.
Independent Living Skills Training.
Peer support.
support activities to increase the capacities of public or nonprofit agencies and organizations and other entities to develop comprehensive approaches or systems for providing independent living services
Demonstrate ways to expand and improve independent living services; provide outreach to populations that are unserved or underserved by programs under this title, including minority groups and urban and rural populations.

We have traineeships or volunteer positions that people with disabilities are welcome to apply for.

Contact us:

Contact person:Rebecca Riggs
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Address:8500 West Markham, Ste. 215
Little Rock
United States

This entry added: Sunday 7th May 2000. (record #322) Changed: Saturday 2nd April 2005.