Able SC is a Center for Independent Living (CIL), an organization not about “helping” people with disabilities, but built on the central concept of self-empowerment. It’s a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross disability nonprofit that provides an array of independent living services.
We do everything it takes to empower people with disabilities to live active, self-determined lives: advocacy, service and support. More than half of our staff are persons with disabilities, as are over half of our Board of Directors. We didn’t just learn this; we live it.
Able SC serves the following counties: Chester, Clarendon, Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter, York, Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union.
Mission: To create greater access and opportunities for independence through empowering individuals with disabilities and promoting community inclusion.
Vision: A South Carolina that promotes equality and access for individuals with disabilities.
Values: Non-negotiable principles that we will not compromise that guide our decision-making.
- Empowerment – We don’t reach goals for individuals; we teach the skills that allow them to do for themselves.
- Inclusion– We advocate for individuals with disabilities to be included in integrated environments in the classroom, employment, housing, leadership roles, and in discussions that impact their lives and the disability community.
- Independence– Individuals with disabilities should have the right to control their own lives and make decisions about what’s best for them. We believe every individual can be independent.
- Equality– We advocate for equal rights and access, not special treatment.
- Disability Pride – “Disability” is not a negative word. It means we are more adaptable. We are proud of who we are, and the barriers we have overcome have only made us stronger.
- The Independent Living Movement is founded in the belief that people with disabilities, regardless of the form, have a common history and a shared struggle, and that we are a community and a culture that will advance further banded together politically.
- Equal opportunities and rights are for ALL. There should be no segregation by disability or stereotypes.
- People with disabilities are the best experts on his/her own needs and should decide what is best for him/her.
- No person should live in institutions on the basis of a disability.
- Having a disability does not mean a person is sick and requires a certified medical professional for daily living.
- People learn and grow from discussing their needs, concerns, and issues with people who have had similar experiences.
- Systemic cross disability advocacy efforts are needed to ensure that people with disabilities benefit from all that society has to offer.
- There should be no barriers to independence, including architectural, communication and attitudinal barriers.
- The organizations best suited to support and assist individuals with disabilities ARE governed and operated by individuals with disabilities.
- Leadership for independent living and disability rights is vested in individuals with disabilities (not parents, service providers or other representatives).