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In the 1960s a group of parents created the association to, in the words of founder Charlie Payne, “do what was right for our children.” It is that inaugural premise that continues to influence the core philosophy of Independence Association: the belief that persons with disabilities - - when given opportunities for individual choice, appropriate supports and community involvement - - can have full, rewarding lives as workers, students, artists, citizens, friends and neighbors.
That belief, put into action has allowed Independence Association to evolve into a multi-service agency that focuses on ability and ensures that parents, guardians and persons served always have a voice in determining the values and direction of the Association. With our caring, enthusiastic staff and our long-term relationships with welcoming community partners, Independence Association now provides a continuum of services and programs that can support an individual moving toward greater independence throughout his or her lifespan.