WILS Serving People with Disabilities - A Center for Independent Living
WILS works to empower people with disabilities to achieve and maintain their independence.
We envision a community where all individuals can participate fully, unencumbered by physical or attitudinal barriers.
Serving Benton, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis and Saline County, Missouri.
The Independent Living (IL) Philosophy guides WILS’ policies and procedures.
WILS educates consumers about options that might allow them to live more independently. They can choose to use what they have learned to set new goals. Through community advocacy, WILS works to expand the available range of choices.
Once consumers have chosen the goals they wish to pursue, WILS assists them in accomplishing their goals. In this way, the consumers are in control, deciding what needs to be done and how to achieve it. WILS’ policies are strongly influenced by consumer needs and interests. Advocacy activities are consumer-controlled as well.
By learning to make independent choices and by taking control of their own decisions, consumers, with WILS’ support and assistance, move away from unnecessary dependency. WILS itself, through community education and advocacy, works to encourage removal of institutional and attitudinal barriers to full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life.
WILS Guiding Principles
- Discrimination of people based on disability must not be tolerated.
- Federal, State or Local governments must enforce and implement all civil rights laws that protect the rights and freedoms of people with disabilities.
- People with disabilities, no matter the type of disability or their age, have the right to live in the community of his or her choice and to fully participate in any and all aspects of the community.
- People with disabilities have the right to control their own destiny, therefore, they must be provided with all the information regarding all options in order to make informed choices.
- People with disabilities have the right to live in the setting of their choice; therefore, they must have access to accessible, affordable, integrated housing options.
- People with disabilities have the right to move freely throughout their community; therefore they must have access to affordable transportation that is accessible.
- Children and young people with disabilities are the future of America; therefore they must have access to quality education that includes the services and programs that allows them to fully participate in an integrated educational system.
- The rights and empowerment of people with disabilities should be promoted and we will advocate for procedures, policies, regulations and legislation which promote their civil and human rights.
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