Tipperary Centre for Independent Living Ltd aims to:
“Empower and enable people with disabilities to achieve independent living and equal participation and inclusion in mainstream society.”
INDEPENDENT LIVING PHILOSOPHY
“Independent Living is not doing things by yourself… it is being in control of how things are done.” (Disability activist, Judy Heumann).
The Independent Living philosophy originated from the very first Centre for Independent Living (CIL) established in Berkeley, California in 1972. That CIL was developed by a group of people with disabilities to support the development of a new perspective on disability – one that focused on the empowerment and civil rights of people with disabilities. It supported and encouraged them to leave residential care and live independently in the community. Up to this point people with disabilities were passive and dependent, living in institutions or in the family home. They were part of a ‘medical model’ – which viewed a person with a disability as a patient, to be rehabilitated or cured, or at least helped adapt in order to fit in with society.
Independent Living is a philosophy, a way of looking at disability and society, and a worldwide movement of people with disabilities working for self-determination, self-respect and equal opportunities. TCIL is committed to working towards the removal of barriers to inclusion and working for rights-based equality legislation for people with disabilities. This includes the right of all persons regardless of age, type or extent of disability to live in the community, as opposed to living in an institution and having the same range of choices as everyone else, participating in the social, economic and political life of their communities, having a family and living as responsible respected members of their communities with all the duties and privileges that this entails.
This social model recognises that people with disabilities are prevented from achieving their full potential by the attitude of society, as well as environmental obstacles such as restrictions in their access to public transport, entertainment and public places, and in education and employment. The focus is not on rehabilitating the individual with a disability, but on rehabilitating society and the environment, in order to make it accessible and create inclusion for the person with a disability as a participant, rather than as a patient.
Independent Living therefore is not just concerned with the routine physical tasks of day-to-day life, but is more about a way of life and a state of mind. It is about self-actualisation; taking control of one’s own life; exercising choices; taking responsibility while also allowing for the dignity of risk and the freedom to fail. It is also a political movement that is changing the way services are provided and the role people with disabilities play in society.
To help us achieve our goals we expect that all involved with TCIL will play an enthusiastic and committed part in helping us to
be the best care provider in our particular area of community care.
endeavour, at all times, to provide outstanding proactive service to our leaders
at all times operate to the highest level of professional standards.
operate in an open, caring, honest and trusting manner.
maintain friendly relations and operate with outstanding teamwork.
be committed to improving standards in all aspects of its operation.
have a team committed to the common cause of achieving our goals.