To aid Ohioans with severe physical disabilities in their quest for independence, OOD offers services to help people live independently.
OOD supports the federally mandated Independent Living (IL) Program. The IL Program is independent from OOD. OOD serves as a fiscal agent. Authority for the program resides in Title VII of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The IL Program receives a federal match of $9 for every $1 of state funds spent on the program.
The IL Program includes the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC) and Centers for Independent Living (CIL). The OSILC includes 11 voting members appointed by the Governor who represent the disability community, as well as ex-officio and liaison members who represent various government entities. The OSILC develops, monitors, and evaluates the State Plan for Independent Living. The OSILC also provides financial assistance to the CILs, as well as assistance in developing a statewide network of CILs. It also maintains a web site for those seeking information regarding independent living services via the Internet.
Ohio has 11 locally managed CILs with three branch offices that provide services to assist people with severe disabilities to live independently and avoid institutionalization. Services provided include information and referral, advocacy, peer counseling, and independent living skills training.
Services for Independent Living's (SIL) programs also include: HOME Choice, Independence Living Skills (ILS) Evaluation & Training, Community Support Coaching, Equipment Loans & Temporary Ramps, Accessible Transportation, Leadership Academy, Community Education & Professional Development, as well as ADA/Accessibility Surveys. The primary service areas are Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga Counties. In addition, SIL is a Personal Care Attendant (CA) program provider for northeast Ohio.