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 and do not need anybody 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 friends 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 in line 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 DAC NW recognize that systemic racism and personal biases still exist. We support people of color with disabilities and both commit to and call for more equitable practices, increased advocacy, and support services.
Your KEY to Independence!
“I’m so impressed by all that DAC does. Lots of great work going on.” – Kathy Hauser Emtman, 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
“DAC NW and the 1st Choice PAS Program has helped me to stay in my home so that I can continue to be independent.” – Donna