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Accessing Services

RIL is part of the Independent Living Center Network in California and we have been serving the community since 1979.  Currently, there are 29 centers throughout greater California.  These centers were created by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which mandated services to persons with disabilities.  Independent Living Centers (ILC’s) are unique because they are consumer driven and mandated.  All ILC’s boards are comprised of at least 51% persons with disabilities.  In addition, persons with disabilities are hired as staff to work in the ILC.  This is significant because it is you the consumer who determines what your needs are and what you need to live independently.  RIL staff is here to assist you to determine and analyze your needs as well as develop plan in order to assist you in accomplishing your goals.  RIL’s mission statements is “promoting the socio-economic independence of persons with disabilities by providing peer supported, consumer directed independent living services and advocacy”. It is our goal to assist you to live as independently as possible- in the community, out of institutions.

Eligibility and What to Expect

Eligibility: You must have a disability. RIL does not discriminate between visible (physical) and invisible (mental/emotional) disabilities. If you have a disability, we will speak with you about your goal(s).

What to expect: RIL is open for walk-in appointments every Wednesday from 9:00am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Appointments are scheduled on a first come/first served basis, and will last about 30 minutes. You will meet with the Worker of the Day to discuss your goal(s). If you wish on going services, we will offer you an intake appointment. You will be placed on our assignment list, and an Independent Living Specialist (ILS) will be assigned to you. RIL makes assignments on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Your ILS will contact you to schedule your first appointment.

All reasonable accommodations should be made to the Program Director.