In the 1960s a group of parents created the association to, in the words of founder Charlie Payne, “do what was right for our children.”  It is that inaugural premise that continues to influence the core philosophy of Independence Association: the belief that persons with disabilities - - when given opportunities for individual choice, appropriate supports and community involvement - - can have full, rewarding lives as workers, students, artists, citizens, friends and neighbors. That belief, put into action has allowed Independence Association to evolve into a multi-service agency that focuses on ability and ensures that parents, guardians and persons served always have a voice in determining the values and direction of the Association. 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.

Mission Statement

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

Inclusion Statement

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.