ILCs provide an array of services that assist New Yorkers with disabilities to live integrated and self-directed lives. ILCs assist with living learning and earning remove barriers to full participation in to the local community and beyond. ACCES-VR administers base funding for 39 Independent Living Centers (ILCS) throughout the state.
ILCs are private, not-for-profit organizations, governed by a majority of people with disabilities and staffed primarily by people with disabilities. ILCs are resource centers that do not run residential programs or operate places where people live. The philosophy of independent living is to maximize opportunities for choices and growth through peer driven supports and self-help. ILCs are the voice of people with disabilities and the disability rights movement in local communities across New York State.