Centers for Independent Living are a consumer‑controlled, community‑based, cross‑disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agency that is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and provides an array of independent living services. 

A Center for Independent Living:

51% of staff are persons with disabilities; 51% of Board of Directors are persons with disabilities; and provides five core services:

  1. Information & referral
  2. Independent living skills training
  3. Individual and systems advocacy
  4. Peer counseling
  5. Transition: transition from nursing homes and other institutions to community-based residences; assisting individuals to avoid institutional placement; and transition of youth with significant disabilities after completion of secondary education to postsecondary life.


Center Locations in Kansas are:

Coalition for Independence
Kansas City, Kansas

Independence, Inc.
Lawrence, Kansas

Independent Connection, Inc.
Salina, Kansas

Independent Living Resource Center
Wichita, Kansas

LINK, Inc.
Hays, Kansas

Prairie Independent Living Resource Center
Hutchinson, Kansas

Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Osage City, Kansas

Southeast Kansas Independent Living Center
Parsons, Kansas

Three Rivers Independent Living Resource Center
Wamego, Kansas

Topeka Independent Living Resource Center
Topeka, Kansas

The Whole Person, Inc.
Kansas City, MO