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What is Independent Living?

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Independent Living is


Independent living is freedom as it grants individuals the ability to live and make decisions according to their own choices and preferences, free from unnecessary institutionalization.

Independent Living is


Independent living is empowerment as it enables individuals to take control of their own lives, make choices that align with their values, and pursue their goals with autonomy and self-determination.

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Independent Living is


Independent living is inclusion as it promotes equal opportunities and participation for all individuals, regardless of their abilities or differences, by removing barriers and fostering a sense of belonging in society.

Independent Living is


Independent living is dignity as it respects and upholds the inherent worth and self-respect of individuals, allowing them to lead their lives with autonomy, choice, and respect for their personal preferences and values.

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Independent Living is:

  • Cross-age

  • Cross-disability

  • Community-based

  • Self-directed

  • Freedom

  • Empowerment

  • Inclusion

OSCIL is Not:

  • Not a residential facility

  • Not a case-management provider

  • Not a rep-payee

  • Not a day habilitation

  • Not a medical facility

  • Not a state agency

  • Not an emergency service

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