TRPIL - Transitional Paths to Independent Living

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Washington, PA 15301
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91 People
Transitioned
2016-17

26 People
Currently transitioned
2017-18

TRPIL can assist you in transitioning from a facility to live independently in the manner you want, in the community of your choice.












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Transitional Paths to Independent Living: Homepage > Independent Living Philosophy

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Independent Living Philosophy

We make Independence personal.

One definition of independent living is “control over one’s life based on the choice of acceptable options that minimize reliance on others in making decisions and performing everyday activities.”

This includes managing one’s own affairs, participating in day-to-day life in the community, fulfilling a range of social roles, and making decisions that lead to self-determination and the minimization of psychological or physical dependence on others. Independence is a relative concept, which may be defined personally by each individual. (DeLoach, Wilkins, and Walker, 1983).

The Independent Living philosophy is one of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy in order to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, with the goal of integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American Society by:


It does not mean:

And the list could go on and on, as it applies to each individual.



"Information is power, but only when you give it away. Be the givers of power."
Roland W. Sykes , Mentor to TRIPIL
Read Roland's message to TRIPIL on 4/26/2001 regarding Independent Living Centers.

Justin Dart

Justin Dart (1930-2002) - "Grandfather of the ADA"


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