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About the independent living movement

“Independent living means all disabled people having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work, and in the community.  It does not mean living by yourself or fending for yourself.  It means rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life”

Independent Living in Scotland (ILiS)

Pam Duncan below speaks about her life.

The first Centre for Inclusive Living (CIL) was set up in Berkley, California in 1972 by a group of disabled students who wanted to be in control of their own support rather than live in institutions.  In the early 1980s the first British CILs were established in Derbyshire and Southampton whose services included peer support, personal assistance, housing, technology, access, information and transport.

For more information please download our Independent Living factsheet or go to Independent Living in Scotland (ILiS) website