Who We Are The Independent Living Center, which serves a 7-county area, provides advocacy, peer support, living skills training, information and referral to enable people with disabilities to live, learn and work in the mainstream of community life. What We Do The not-for-profit centers are directed and operated mostly by people with disabilities. They have the first-hand experiences that help others overcome barriers that keep them from living as they choose. Independent living centers help increase options that bring greater productivity and inclusion in society. People with disabilities choose options that fit their goals.