The Ottawa Independent Living Resource Centre's (OILRC) mission is to assist in the individual empowerment of all persons with any disability in the Ottawa area and to provide the tools they need to direct their lives and participate fully in the community.
The Ottawa Independent Living Centre (OILRC) is one of 27 Independent Living Resource Centres in Canada. We are non-profit organizations, serving people with disabilities in our communities. The Ottawa Independent Living Centre (OILRC) has been supporting people with disabilities in the Ottawa community for more than fifteen years.
Many changes and developments have taken place over this period but one thing remains the same: we are committed to providing you with quality support and programs to help you reach your goals for independence and empowerment. Our membership status with Independent Living Canada represents our continued commitment to the guiding principles of Independent Living (IL): consumer control, cross-disability, promoting integration and being community based.
OILRC is committed to and applies the following guiding principles to its operation:
• Being consumer controlled and having a cross-disability focus -- meaning the Board of Directors consists of a majority of consumers representing a broad range of abilities and expertise. Programs are offered to a diverse membership and to individuals who have a range of disability(ies);
• Promoting integration and full participation of people with disabilities, which enable people with disabilities to have the same rights and responsibilities as non-disabled persons;
• Being community based - meaning approaches and solutions evolve from the local membership and community partners.
As part of our commitment to the community and people with disabilities we provide opportunities to develop skills and become part of a team through Employment, Volunteering and Student placements. Click here for further details.