About Services for Independent Living (SIL)
Founded in 1980, Services for Independent Living (SIL) is a non-profit, non-residential center for independent living in Northeast Ohio. SIL provides an array of individual and community services designed to help and empower individuals of all ages and all disabilities lead healthy, productive lives and participate in community life as they choose. Individual services focus on providing individuals with disabilities access to information and skills needed to facilitate and enhance their independence and to remain in the community of choice. Community services are designed to address barriers to community living and promote the concept of independent living and choice. The majority of SIL Staff and a majority of SIL Board of Directors are individuals with disabilities. All SIL services are guided by the independent living philosophy and SIL’s mission which in turn supports the agency’s vision of a society that is accessible to all people.
SIL embraces the Independent Living Philosophy that promotes the rights of individuals with disabilities to control and direct their own lives; to make decisions and take responsibility for their actions; to have opportunities to participate in all aspects of community life; to exercise the greatest degree of choice about where you live, with whom you live and how you live; and to take risks, being allowed to fail and to learn and grow from those efforts.
We recognize that each person’s disability and life circumstances may pose unique challenges. SIL services are deisgnd to provide supports and skills to individuals remain in the community of thei choice. Staff work with consumers to develop a plan to address their individual needs. Our experienced, dedicated and passionate team are often regarded as being able to think outside the box and pride themselves on excellent customer service.
SIL also needs your help! We have made great strides since our beginning, but we still have much work to do before our vision of a society which is accessible to all will be achieved. We invite you to get involved and join the SIL family. A gift of your time, expertise, and financial support are always welcome.