Those who have a strong IL Philosophy also have a strong set of values. They generally believe that ALL people should have the same rights. They believe in the dignity and worth of all people. Independent living principles evolve from these values. A principle is a basic truth, or assumption, or even just a standard of behavior.
A consumer or customer is the best authority when purchasing a service or product and his or her wishes must be respected.
People with disabilities have, by far, more knowledge about themselves than anyone else. No one else lives inside their body or inside their brain. No one else has ever experienced exactly what they have experienced. And no one else can know what they want to do with their life — their goals and dreams. They are the expert in their own life.