Independent Living (IL)

IN consumer with their guide dog leaving our office in Silver Spring. Independence Now, (IN) Inc. is a Center for Independent Living (CIL), which is a non-residential, consumer controlled, community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organization. Along with the other 400 plus CILs in the United States, we are unique in that we are staffed and governed by people with disabilities and operate according to the philosophy that people with disabilities have the right to govern their own lives. We provide an array of services to people with ALL types of disabilities who live in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.

The Independent Living philosophy stresses consumer (a person with a disability) control, the idea that people with disabilities are the best authorities on their own needs. They have crucial and valuable viewpoints to contribute and are worthy of equal access to services and programs. People with disabilities should have the opportunity to decide how to live, work, and take part in their communities, particularly in reference to services that powerfully affect their day-to-day lives and access to independence.


Attendees from the Disability Resource Symposium for Spanish Residents, in recognition of Latin American Heritage Month.