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The Center for Independent Living Serving Carroll and Frederick Counties
The Freedom Center, Inc

Our Mission

The Freedom Center is a walk-in center for independent living (CIL) that is consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, and nonresidential. It is a private, nonprofit agency. It is designed and operated within the local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living (IL) services. A majority of the Center’s staff and Board of Directors are persons living with a disability. The Center is a membership organization to underscore its being consumer-controlled.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide services and supports to empower individuals with disabilities to lead self-directed, independent, and productive lives in a barrier–free community.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of the Freedom Center is to promote equal access to independent living through consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual as well as systems advocacy. This philosophy will maximize leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities as well as promote and maximize the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American society. People with disabilities are particularly vulnerable when physical and attitudinal barriers are limiting them to being labeled as “special” or being held captive in a segregated setting. There is a real need to remove these physical and attitudinal barriers and to promote and enhance the integration and full inclusion of people with disabilities into the mainstream of our communities. Individuals with disabilities need to be included in the fabric of American life.

Our Principles

The following are our principles of service:

  • Consumer control: We are guided and controlled by consumer involvement at all levels of responsibility in the organization. This assures that consumer interests will be followed in achieving community integration, self-determination, and equal human rights.
  • Consumer need-based: We asses consumer need and service resources within our service area in order to assure our programs are responsive to, and reflective of those needs.
  • Individualized services: Individual consumer’s independent living plans and services are designed and arranged with full consumer participation and service flexibility in order to optimally meet consumer aspirations and needs.
  • Community-based programs: Through an integrated community setting and interaction with others, persons with disabilities have the best opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes with which to participate and thrive in the community. We encourage and facilitate the use of community services by consumers rather than providing competing or segregated services. All sponsored activities are located in environments used and accessed by all citizens, to the fullest extent possible.
  • Least restrictive environment: We provide and facilitate services in the least restrictive environment. This includes training in residential, social, recreational, and personal development. This optimizes the conditions for acquiring, maintaining, and utilizing specific skills of daily and community living that is part of the expected behavioral repertoire of all community members.
  • Equal opportunity: Through functioning as a Center for Independent Living in the community for all persons with disabilities, we focus on providing information, knowledge, support, and resources needed to live, work, and create alongside their peers.

The Freedom Center is a walk-in center for independent living (CIL) that is consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, and nonresidential. It is a private, nonprofit agency. It is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and is providing an array of independent living (IL) services. The Center’s staff and Board of Directors is more than 51% with disabilities. The Center is a membership organization to underscore its being consumer-controlled. Its mission is to provide services and supports to empower individuals with disabilities to lead self-directed, independent, and productive lives in a barrier–free community.

The Freedom Center provides the four core services including, but not limited to:
  • Individual and systems advocacy,
  • Information and referral,
  • Peer counseling, and
  • Independent living skills training to people with disabilities of all ages and disabilities.

The Freedom Center provides support and services to people with disabilities in Frederick and Carroll Counties. Independent living services and supports include, but are not limited to, equal access, removal of physical and attitudinal barriers, the availability of affordable and accessible housing, availability of accessible transportation, availability of personal assistance services, and equal opportunities for employment.

In addition, education and training that is necessary for living in a community and participating in community activities are offered as IL services.

Services are designed to provide resources, training, counseling, or other assistance of substantial benefit in enhancing the independence, productivity, and quality of life of individuals with disabilities because it is a necessary component of living independently.

Community awareness programs will be available to enhance the understanding and integration of people with disabilities into the mainstream of life.

Most importantly, this center includes other services that may be necessary to improve the ability of an individual with a significant disability to function, continue functioning, or move toward functioning independently in the his/her own home, in the family or community.

The philosophy of the Freedom Center is to promote equal access to independent living through consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual as well as system advocacy. This philosophy will maximize leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities as well as promote and maximize the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American society. People with disabilities are particularly vulnerable when physical and attitudinal barriers are limiting them to being labeled as “special” or being held captive in the segregated setting. There is the real need to remove these types of barriers and to promote and enhance the integration and full inclusion of people with disabilities in the mainstream of their communities. They need to be included in the fabric of American life. The individuals with disabilities in Frederick and Carroll Counties will be empowered with the IL Philosophy to promote the ideas of civil rights, consumerism, de-institutionalization, de-medicalization, self-help, advocacy, barrier removal, consumer control, and peer role models.

550 Highland Street. Suite 510,
Frederick, MD 21701
301-846-7811
Fax: 301-846-9070

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