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Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres (CAILC)

This organization, started in the early 1980s, observes the Independent Living philosophy, recognizing people with disabilitiesí right to make their own decisions, and to be active members of their communities. The work of CAILC seeks to change the environment to meet the needs of people with disabilities, and not vice-versa.

CAILC is the national umbrella organization of Canadian local, autonomous independent living centres, which are run by and for people with disabilities. The centres offer information and referral services, peer support, and skills development, which can be of particular benefit to students with disabilities making the move into new cities for postsecondary education.

The national groupís Web site is full of useful information on how Independent Living can be helpful for people with disabilities. There is also contact information listed for the local independent living centres located across the country.

Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres (CAILC)
1104-170 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5
Tel: (613) 563-2581
Fax: 613-563-3861
TTY: 613-563-4215
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