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What is the difference between assisted and independent living?

Assisted living facilities offer those with disabilities living quarters of their own but have staff on site to aid with tasks that tenants may have trouble with. These can include but are not limited to cooking, cleaning living quarters, and washing laundry. Independent living means living completely on one's own in an apartment, condo, house, etc.

Are there people or organizations that can help me find a disability-friendly place to live? Are there places that teach basic independent living skills?

The DC Center for Independent Living does both of these. DCCIL is a community-based, private, nonprofit organization that promotes independent lifestyles for persons with significant disabilities in DC. It has four core independent living services:

  • Independent living skills training
  • Peer counseling
  • Advocacy and legal services
  • Information and referral to community services

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