What is Independent Living?
Independent Living is about having choices, making decisions, taking risks, making mistakes and taking responsibility for your decisions. Independent Living means having control over your life.
ILNS champions the right to live independently and supports individuals in their pursuit of independence.
The vision of ILNS is that all Nova Scotians with disabilities have the ability to live a full, independent life at home, work, and play within an inclusive community.
What is Independent Living Nova Scotia (ILNS)?
Founded in 1992, ILNS is a registered charity supporting persons with disabilities through programs and services that promote Independent Living (IL). It is managed by a Board of Directors, most of whom have disabilities themselves. ILNS runs the only Independent Living Resource Centre in Nova Scotia and is one of the 25 IL organizations across Canada.
Independent Living Principles:
1. Consumer Direction - Independent Living respects the right of persons with disabilities to set their own goals and make their own choices.
2. Cross-Disability Representation - Independent Living services are available for persons with any range and number of disabilities.
3. A Strong Community Base - Persons with disabilities can identify issues in their own communities and lives.
4. Integration and Full Participation - Independent Living supports persons with disabilities to participate in all aspects of community life: economic, social and cultural.