In Arizona, five Centers for Independent living in the state’s IL Network provide IL services to consumers, often peer-to-peer, through IL specialists.

Ability 360

5025 E. Washington St. Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ. 85034

ASSIST to Independence

PO Box 4133
Tuba City, AZ. 86045

Direct Advocacy & Resource Center

1001 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ. 85711

New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center (NHDEC)

9400 East Valley Road
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

Services Maximizing Independent Living & Empowerment (SMILE)

1931 S. Arizona Ave. Suite 4
Yuma, AZ. 85364

The services provided by IL specialists are as complex and unique as the consumers themselves. Specialists may provide information and referrals, so people know where to go and who to contact to meet their goals. Or specialists may provide skills training ranging from using adaptive equipment to managing finances, or from cooking on a budget to hiring a personal attendant (PA). For almost every consumer, training includes self-advocacy and systems advocacy skills, which support people in meeting individual needs, as well as shifting policies and practices that impact many people with disabilities. For adult consumers transitioning from nursing homes to community settings or youth transitioning to adulthood, post-secondary education and employment, IL specialists focus on skills necessary to navigate these uniquely complex passages.

Arizona’s CILs provide a wide array of other independent living services:

  • Employment
  • Work skills education
  • Personal assistance services
  • Socialization and recreation
  • Sports, fitness and health
  • Home modifications
  • Reintegration from nursing home to the community
  • Access to affordable health care and accessible housing
  • Transportation

You can download the full brochure about Arizona’s IL Network in Text or PDF.