The SPIL is the plan for how Illinois will strengthen the network of Centers for Independent Living, and the services and resources that are needed for all individuals with disabilities, to help them live independently in their communities with the support they need.
Title VII, chapter 1 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (the Act), establishes the Independent Living Services and Centers for Independent Living programs. The purpose is to:
- promote the independent living philosophy, based on consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy;
- maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with significant disabilities; and
- promote the integration and full inclusion of individuals with significant disabilities into the mainstream of American society.