Independent Living History

Learn about the Independent Living Center Movement

People Make Our History…

In addition to looking at our information on Historical People in the independent living movement, please check out the following links:

  • Lives Worth Living is an historical documentary about the Disability Rights Movement and a biography about Fred Fay, one man’s struggle to survive.


  • Eugenics Story history online of the conspiracy to deprive people with disabilities basic human right to have children.

Online Disability History

  • DIMENET was one of the earliest accessible, consumer-controlled computer bulletin board networks for coordinating and mediating disability advocacy and programs online.
  • Institute on Disability Culture resources,
  • Roland Sykes’ Battle Plan from HERE, on TRPIL (then TRIPIL) becoming a consumer-controlled CIL.