Independent Living Centers in Wisconsin

Need help finding a personal care attendant? Looking for advice or support from someone with the same disability as you? Want to find an accessible form of recreation? All this and much more is available at your local Independent Living Center.


Independent living centers (ILCs) provide assistance to people with all kinds of disabilities. These agencies were created to promote independence and self-determination for individuals, as well as to offer support and information to families and communities. Services provided by ILCs include: peer support, information and referral, independent living skills training, coordination of personal care and other services, advocacy and community education.


ILCs are community-based, non-residential, non-profit agencies in the private sector. A majority of the members of the boards governing these agencies are people with disabilities.

The federal Rehabilitation Act establishes many of the definitions and requirements for the operation of the centers. In Wisconsin,  section 46.96 of the statutes governs State contracts with independent living centers. The contracts are administered by the Coordinator for Persons with Physical Disabilities, an agency of the Department of Health and Family Services.


Independent living centers receive a large share of their funding through federal and state grants. ILCs supplement their budgets with funds from other agencies—such as United Way, county social service agencies and private foundations.


The Wisconsin Client Assistance Program (CAP) investigates and resolves complaints about services received or requested from ILCs. CAP can be reached at 1-800-362-1290 (voice & TTY).


Last Revised: June 14, 2016