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LIFTT is one of approximately 403 Centers for Independent Living in the United States. Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organizations that are designed and operated by people with disabilities. CILs are unique in that we operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization. We offer support, advocacy, and information on empowerment in the attainment of independence from a peer viewpoint. We work to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are protected.
All Centers for Independent Living believe in the Independent Living Philosophy as a basic foundation from which we provide both consumer and community services. Independent living is based on the value that people with disabilities have the right to control their own lives and that disability is a natural part of the human experience.