The Independent Living movement is based on the premise that people with disabilities should have the choice of living in the community. This can be accomplished by allowing an individual to manage his or her personal care, to keep a home, to have a job, go to school, worship, and otherwise participate in the life of the community. The independent living movement also advocates for the removal of architectural and transportation barriers that prevent people with disabilities from sharing fully in all aspects of our society. 
 

Independent Living is closely tied to the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s among African Americans.