DOR funds, administers, and supports 28 non-profit independent living centers in communities located throughout California. Each Independent Living Center provides services necessary for consumers to live independently. Core services consist of information and referral, cross disability peer counseling, independent living skills education, individual and systems change advocacy, housing assistance,personal assistance, assistive technology services and transition services.
Other programs within the Independent Living & Community Access Division include:
Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) Program
The OIB program provides services to visually impaired individuals age 55 and older. The OIB facilitates independent living, empowerment, full inclusion, and provides training and skill building for professionals and consumers. In addition, the program expands and enhances services in rural and other underserved areas.
California Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program
in coordination with consumers and their families, seven service providers throughout California provide a coordinated post-acute care service model for persons with TBI, including supported living, community reintegration, and vocational supportive services.
Assistive Technology Program
The Assistive Technology Program (AT) administers the Device Loan Program, AT reutilization, Low-interest Loan Guarantee Program, training, and transition assistance.
Disability Access Services
Disability Access Services (DAS) provides public information, consultation, training, and technical assistance to state and local government, consumers, employers and businesses to help prevent accessibility issues.
The Independent Living Services program at DOR is federally funded with Federal Social Security Administration reimbursements.