Services and Advocacy for an Independent Life

ILCNSCA is unique in the arena of human service agencies. Following the federal standards and assurances, ILCNSCA is consumer controlled and community based, serves individuals of all ages who have all types of disabilities. A minimum of 50% of the Board of Directors and direct services staff must be persons who have disabilities, and the Executive Director must also be a person with a disability. Directors and staff provide leadership and serve as role models of successful Independent Living (IL). Consumers choose their goals and work at their own pace to attain goal completion.

History of the Agency

The Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann Inc. (ILCNSCA) incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1987 "to provide social services, information and referral, peer counseling, advocacy and independent living skills development services for individuals with severe physical or mental disabilities residing in the North Shore and Cape Ann areas of the Commonwealth." Federal Tax Exempt 501 (C) (3) Status was granted in December 1987.

ILCNSCA emerged from the North Shore Self Help Group (NSSHG), which began in 1980 as a local chapter of the Project in Self Advocacy of the Commonwealth. NSSHG brought disabled individuals together to share experiences as peers and to advocate for their rights to participate freely in the community.

When the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission sought to create new Independent Living Centers in the mid-1980s, members of NSSHG responded quickly to improve and expand the delivery of services to those who lived with disabilities on the North Shore and Cape Ann by creating ILCNSCA. The many valuable learning experiences of the NSSHG are reflected in the Mission of the Center today.

Core Principles

ILCNSCA embraces the independent living philosophy and its core principles. View these principles.