Our Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Agency to promote the philosophy of independent living by creating opportunities, encouraging choices, advancing equal access and furthering the level of independence for all people with disabilities. We value personal growth and self- determination. ILR aims to provide a supportive and encouraging environment for every stage of life.

In 1957 Independent Living Resources (ILR) began its life of community service. In those early years the agency manually transcribed and duplicated Braille textbooks.

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Over time this agency expanded services to the blind community. Activities such as orientation and mobility, skills training, crafts, and recreation were there for the asking. Since 1994, services have been extended to people with all disabilities. Through ILR’s many changes, a common thread has been our non-profit status and our perseverance in helping others. By offering the four core services of Advocacy, Information and Referral, Peer Counseling and Skills Training, Independent Living Resources helps people to help themselves.

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Mindfulness Classes Starting Soon

Living with a disability is a balancing act; this is an invitation to gain balance, control and greater participation in your life. Come join others who are seeking to reduce the stress of living with a disability, and gain resiliency. Through learning and practicing forms of mindfulness we can take our disabilities—and our lives-into our own hands. This is an invitation to learn about self-care, become more confident, and lead a healthier, more adaptive life. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly with whatever is happening in your life; a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you. It's working with your own stress and the challenges of everyday life. It's about becoming more fully yourself, rather than changing who you are. What will I be doing? Participants will be engaging in fun and interesting activities and discussions around learning and practicing mindfulness. The activities will have you playing with your senses, while the discussions will deepen the experience. What might I expect by participating?

  • Decreased physical and psychological symptoms
  • Increased ability to relax
  • Decreased felt experience of pain and increased ability to cope with pain
  • Improved energy and attitude for life
  • increased self esteem and confidence
  • Increased ability to cope with stress
  • A renewed authority for living well
Where is this happening? At Independent Living Resources: 1839 NE Couch Street Portland Or, 97232 When is this happening? The 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2 PM How do I Join? Let your IL Specialist know you are interested and they will get you connected, or contact us to get enrolled in services.. All participants will go through some screening in order to assess the necessary commitment and to facilitate a positive experience.

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Come Get To Know Us

We at Independent Living Resources (ILR) invite you to meet us and learn about our agency and our mission.

Some staff may offer limited face-to-face appointments at outside settings like public parks or at the ILR picnic tables. ILR staff and consumers must be masked and practice social distancing. Appointments in the building will eventually start again in 2022 when pandemic infection rates have returned to low levels. Please speak to your counselor in order to plan for your services going into the fall.

All the best,
Barry Fox-Quamme | ILR Executive Director


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