What is the Independent Living Movement?
The Independent Living (IL) Movement is part of the disability rights movement, significantly impacting current language, thought, and public policy regarding disability. Many of the principles of the movement come from Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
What is the foundation of the IL Movement?
Disability is a normal part of the human experience. The IL Movement believes that people with disabilities have experienced widespread discrimination, are entitled to full participation in society, and are the experts on their own needs.
How did the IL Movement start?
The IL Movement had its early origins after World War II, when disabled veterans successfully promoted improved accessibility in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, and later when Gini Laurie, a hospital volunteer, founded the Rehabilitation Gazette, which spurred people with polio to start sharing their experiences. One Gazette reader was Ed Roberts, the “Father of Independent Living,” who decided to stop letting health professionals and social workers make decisions for him and to take responsibility for his own life.
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