Resources to Become Independent

Serving Benton, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis and Saline County, Missouri.

Independent living means all disabled people having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work and in the community. Being independent is a vital skill for people who want to take more control of their lives and feel like they don’t need others to accomplish their goals. Being more independent will give you the freedom to do what you want without caring what others think and it will also lead you to find some original solutions to your problems. Plus, studies show that the more independent a person is, the happier he/she feels! This is because we feel a sense of relief and joy when we can take our lives into our own hands.

WILS provides Independent Living Skills Training as a service as well.  Visit the Independent Living Skills Training service page to learn more. 

Independent Living Resources

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Help for Independent Living


Missouri Inclusive Housing Development Corporation

Provides information about safe, accessible, affordable housing in Missouri for those with developmental disabilities


Missouri Protection and Advocacy

This is a federally mandated system in the state of Missouri which provides protection of the rights of persons with disabilities through legally-based advocacy.


Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Vocational Rehabilitation works with individuals who have a physical or mental impairment that may cause problems with them finding and keeping a job. VR specializes in employment and training services that can assist people in becoming employed. Once determined to be eligible for services individuals work with a counselor to develop a plan for their rehabilitation.



Missouri Centers for Independent Living (MOCIL) is a statewide association dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. There are 22 Centers in Missouri covering each of Missouri’s 114 counties. Centers are community-based, non-residential, not for profit organizations that are community controlled.


State of Missouri Disability Portal