Independent Living is a philosophy and a movement of people with disabilities who work for self-determination, equal opportunities and self-respect.
Independent Living does not mean that we want to do everything by ourselves and do not need anybody or those we want to live in isolation.
Independent Living means that we demand the same choices and control in our every-day lives that our non-disabled brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends take for granted. We want to grow up in our families, go to the neighborhood school, use the same bus as our neighbors and work in jobs that are in line with our education and interests, and start families of our own.
Independent Living Philosophy is based on four principles:
- PWD’s belong in the community not in convalescent home or collected in institution
- PWD’s are not patients to be cured, children to be taken care of, nor brave souls to be admired
- PWD’s are victims of social injustice and discrimination not of their disability
- PWD’s are in a better position to manage their resources and be in charge of the assistance they may require.
Saaya association has organized various IL training program for PWDs with the support of Sightsavers International. Independent Living training covers basic necessities awareness. Like, use of wheelchair , white can and use of mobile for deaf persons, toileting, shoe wearing, cloth changing, cooking, health management, budgeting, arranging transportation, education, barriers identification, shopping, employment possibilities, advocacy and shifting skills.
Saaya Independent Living Center provided a set of core services which r based on these basic necessities. The scope of services is directed by individual and community needs. Saaya association also providing Peer Counseling which is provided between two or more individuals with disabilities, to share ideas and experiences about living with a disability, in order to gain greater awareness and control over one’s own life.
Other services that are often provided include:
- Housing assistance ( Make houses accessible of disable persons)
- Acquiring and maintaining appropriate benefits and entitlements
- Architectural and communication barrier consultation
- Personal counseling that is non-clinical and short term in nature to address individual goals
- Securing, learning how to use, repair, and maintain equipment
- Assistance in registering to vote
- In-service training, workshops/seminars on disability issues, disability laws and Independent Living philosophy
- Disability awareness training