Mission

Independence Association assists adults and children with disabilities in obtaining a full and inclusive life in their chosen community.

Independence Association was established by a group of parents who were committed (in the words of founder Charlie Payne) to “do what was right for our children.”  That inaugural premise continues to shape the core philosophy of Independence Association:

Persons with disabilities can - - when given opportunities for individual choice, appropriate supports and community involvement - - have full, rewarding lives as workers, students, artists, citizens, friends and neighbors.

Acting on that philosophy, Independence Association has grown into a multi-service agency that focuses on ability and ensures that parents, guardians and persons served always have a voice in determining its values and direction. With our caring, enthusiastic staff and our long-term relationships with welcoming community partners, Independence Association now provides a continuum of services and programs that can support an individual moving toward greater independence throughout his or her lifespan.

Inclusion is Essential

Independence Association strives to promote inclusion in communities through ongoing public education and individualized program Supports.  This is accomplished by the identification and removal of physical and attitudinal barriers that prevent or hinder access or participation in community-based employment, housing, recreation, social or other activities.