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The first Sunday in October is Independent Living Center Day under Massachusetts General Law. The nation-wide Independent Living Movement began in the 1970s with Ed Roberts and other University of California, Berkeley, students.  Roberts had quadriplegia and was denied the right to make decisions that students without disabilities were allowed to make. The group founded the first Independent Living Center (ILC), the Berkeley Center for Independent Living, on the then radical concept of an organization for people with disabilities by people with disabilities.

Today, there are eleven Independent Living Centers located across the Commonwealth. ILCs generally provide four core services: information and referral, advocacy, independent living skills training, and peer counseling. You can find your center here.

Massachusetts residents with disabilities who want a lifestyle that is more self-reliant but are having trouble getting independent living services may contact the Client Assistance Program (CAP) at the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD).

CAP provides an unbiased source of information, referral, and advocacy services for people who are having difficulties obtaining vocational rehabilitation and independent living related services. CAP operates within MOD’s Client Services Program under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), the same agency that funds the vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs in Massachusetts. A requirement of the grant is that CAP operates in an agency that is completely separate from, and independent of, any vocational rehabilitation agency or independent living center.

To reach CAP, contact MOD:

Phone: (617) 727-7440

Toll Free: (800) 322-2020

Mail: One Ashburton Place #1305
Boston, MA 02108

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