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Principles of Independent Living
Civil Rights – There must be no discrimination on the basis of disability.
Consumerism – A consumer or customer is the best authority when purchasing a service or product and his or her wishes must be respected.
Equal access – All community activities must be fully accessible to all people with disabilities.
Community-based services – All programs and services that are community-based must be physically located in a non-institutional setting in their community and be responsive to the needs identified by people with disabilities in that community.
De-medicalization – Individuals with disabilities are not always “sick” and may not require help from certified medical professionals for daily living.
Self-help – People learn and grow from discussing their needs, concerns, and issues with people who have had similar experiences
Advocacy – Systemic community-wide change activities are needed to ensure that people with disabilities benefit from all that society has to offer.
Cross-disability – Programs and services must stress the full equality and participation of all persons with disabilities regardless of type or extent of disability.
Barrier-removal – Architectural, communication and attitudinal barriers must be removed to ensure that people are able to fully participate in their communities. .
Consumer control – The organizations best suited to support and assist individuals with disabilities are governed, managed, staffed and operated by individuals with disabilities.
Community-based living – No person should be institutionalized on the basis of a disability.
Peer support – The individuals best suited to support, assist, and guide people with disabilities are other people with disabilities.
Confidentiality – All people have a right to receive assistance without sacrificing their privacy.
Developed by Bob Michaels with the assistance of the Illinois SILC and the European Network on Independent Living (2013)