The Institute on Independant Living

The Institute on Independent Living offers free Internet online services for people with disabilities

The Institute on Independent Living serves self-help organizations of disabled people working for self-determination and self-respect. We provide information, educational materials and technical support in the area of Independent Living, operate an online library on Disability Rights and Independent Living, particularly on personal assistance, peer support, international issues, accessibility. We also run a number of useful free services.

Accessible Vacation Home Exchange The Accessible Vacation Home Exchange assists people with disabilities in exchanging homes for vacations. Participants fill out an online form describing their home or apartment, its accessibility features, points of interest in the area and how to get around in town. The database is searcheable by country, city and other keywords. Prospective exchange partners contact each other by email and share detailed information before reaching an agreement. URL address:

Assistant Referral The Assistant Referral helps people with extensive disabilities find personal assistants in their hometown or other parts of the world which they plan to visit. On online forms job seeking assistants describe themselves and assistance users state their requirements. Both groups can search the Referralīs database by city, country and other keywords to find a prospective employer/employee for a first email contact. URL address:

Disability Organizations Network DisOrgNet facilitates networking among organizations in the disability field for joint projects, events, sharing resource persons for lectures, training or technical assistance, for study visits, internships or funding. Participating organizations both of and for persons with disabilities fill out an online form describing their philosophy, activities, areas of interest and resources. The resulting database is searcheable by many keywords. URL address:

Independent Living Virtual Library Our Library contains a growing number of documents, articles, training manuals, reports on such Independent Living issues as personal assistance, accessibility, advocacy, legislation, sexuality, family, disabled womenīs issues and more. Search by keyword or browse. URL address:


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