RIL is part of the Independent Living Center Network in California and we have been serving the community since 1979. Currently, there are 29 centers throughout greater California. These centers were created by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which mandated services to persons with disabilities. Independent Living Centers (ILC’s) are unique because they are consumer driven and mandated. All ILC’s boards are comprised of at least 51% persons with disabilities. In addition, persons with disabilities are hired as staff to work in the ILC. This is significant because it is you the consumer who determines what your needs are and what you need to live independently. RIL staff is here to assist you to determine and analyze your needs as well as develop plan in order to assist you in accomplishing your goals. RIL’s mission statements is “promoting the socio-economic independence of persons with disabilities by providing peer supported, consumer directed independent living services and advocacy”. It is our goal to assist you to live as independently as possible- in the community, out of institutions.
Eligibility and What to Expect
Eligibility: To be eligible for an orientation/intake, you must have a disability.
What to expect: An orientation/intake is required for all consumers wishing to access RIL services. The initial session will take about 1 hour, and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. RIL schedules 16 appointments each month. Eight appointments are scheduled for the first half of the month, and 8 for the second half. For an orientation/intake appointment please call 916.446.3074. The scheduling process will be explained in full during the call.
Orientations will be conducted one on one with an Independent Living Specialist (ILS). Immediately following the orientation, the ILS will conduct an intake.
Orientation/Intakes will take approximately 1 hour. After the initial meeting with the ILS, RIL staff works by appointment only to assist you in reaching your IL goals. If for any reason, RIL is unable to provide you an orientation/intake appointment, RIL will provide you with Information & Referral materials regarding your service of interest.
All reasonable accommodations should be made to the Program Director.