- Advocacy & Human Rights
- People with Disabilities
Location540 South 1st StreetMilwaukee, WI 53204 United States
As a Center for Independent Living, Independence First has a vision for full inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of our community and commits itself toward this end. Independence First helps to empower individuals with disabilities through five core services: advocacy, independent living skills, information and referral, peer support, and transition services.
Independence First is THE resource for people with disabilities.
We offer more than 40 programs and workshops and services of all kinds for various age groups. Independence First provides programs on disability awareness, independent living skills, and recreation. We work with individuals and families to help people successfully live in the community, helping with resources from assistive technology to home modification to personal care or supportive home care services.
Independence First also provides programming like art classes, cooking classes, peer support groups and mentors, and even adaptive video gaming. More than 50% of our staff, managers, and Board have disabilities themselves and this peer-lead approach has excellent outcomes.
Our services include benefits counseling and Personal Care Support. We advocate for change and inclusivity, and help people who want to stay or move into an independent living situation in their own home instead of institutions.