Independent Living Program
What is the Independent Living Program?
The purpose of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation's (VR) Independent Living Program is to promote a philosophy of independent living, including a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy.
If you are a young person looking for independent living services while transitioning out of foster care, please contact the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Independent Living Program. The DCF Independent Living Program is designed to help young people get the life skills and education necessary to become self-sufficient, live independently, and maintain employment. Services include life skills training, and financial, educational, and social support.
What are the goals of independent living services?
Services are provided to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence and productivity of individuals with disabilities. The services are intended to lead to the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into mainstream American society.
What are Centers for Independent Living (CIL)?
A CIL is a consumer-controlled, not-for-profit local organization which provides at least four core independent living services. There are 16 CILs in Florida.
What are the four core services?
- Information and referral
- Independent living skills training
- Individual and systems advocacy
- Peer counseling to persons with significant disabilities.
What other services do the CILs provide?
Each CIL also provides other independent living services as determined by the needs of the community and the availability of resources.
How can I find the CIL in my area?
Plans and Reports
Julia Bluhm Kates, Independent Living Program Manager
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-7016
(850) 245-3382 (Fax)
(800) 451-4327 (Toll-free)
TTY users dial 711 to connect with the telecommunications relay service (TRS). Video phone users can call through the video relay service (VRS).