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Disability Action Center NW

About us

Your key to Independence!

Independent Living is a philosophy and a movement of people with disabilities who work for self-determination, equal opportunities and self-respect. Independent Living does not mean that we want to do everything by ourselves or that we want to live in isolation.

Independent Living means that we demand the same choices and control in our every day lives that our non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbors and folks take for granted. We want to grow up in our families, go to the neighborhood school, use the same bus as our neighbors, work in jobs that are inline with our education and interests, and start families of our own.

Since we are the best experts on our needs, we need to show the solutions we want, need to be in charge of our lives, think and speak for ourselves – just as everybody else.

To this end, we must support and learn from each other to make changes in our own lives as well as organize ourselves and work for changes that lead to the legal protection of our human and civil rights. We at First Choice recognize that systemic racism and personal biases still exist. We support people of color with disabilities and commit to call for more equitable practices, increase in advocacy and support services.

Your key to Independence

“I am so impressed by all that DAC does. Lots of great work going on.” – Kathy Hauser Emtam, PCCOA.

“Thank you for attending the meeting with me. It made a huge difference to have you present. I appreciate it.” – C.A., Post Falls.

“DACNW and the 1st Choice PAS Program has helped me at stay in my home so that I can continue to be independent.” -Donna

Your Key to Independence!

Independent Living is a philosophy and a movement of people with disabilities who work for self-determination, equal opportunities and self-respect. Independent Living does not mean that we want to do everything by ourselves or that we want to live in isolation.

Independent Living means that we demand the same choices and control in our every day lives that our non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbors and folks take for granted. We want to grow up in our families, go to the neighborhood school, use the same bus as our neighbors, work in jobs that are inline with our education and interests, and start families of our own.

Since we are the best experts on our needs, we need to show the solutions we want, need to be in charge of our lives, think and speak for ourselves – just as everybody else.

To this end, we must support and learn from each other to make changes in our own lives as well as organize ourselves and work for changes that lead to the legal protection of our human and civil rights. We at First Choice recognize that systemic racism and personal biases still exist. We support people of color with disabilities and commit to call for more equitable practices, increase in advocacy and support services.

“I am so impressed by all that DAC does. Lots of great work going on.” – Kathy Hauser Emtam, PCCOA.

“Thank you for attending the meeting with me. It made a huge difference to have you present. I appreciate it.” – C.A., Post Falls.

“DACNW and the 1st Choice PAS Program has helped me at stay in my home so that I can continue to be independent.” -Donna