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
602-256-2245
ability360.org

 

 

ASSIST! to Independence

PO Box 4133
Tuba City, AZ. 86045
928-283-6261
assistti.org

 

 

DIRECT Center for Independence

1001 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ. 85711
520-624-6452
800-342-1853
directilc.org

 

 

New Horizons Disability Empowerment Center

8085 E. Manley Drive
Prescott Valley, AZ. 86334
928-772-1266
www.nhdec.org

 

 

Services Maximizing Independent Living & Empowerment (SMILE)

1931 S. Arizona Ave. Suite 4
Yuma, AZ. 85364
928-782-7458
855-209-8363
smile-az.org

 

 

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.