Our Mission

Our mission is to work with people of all abilities to create a fair and just community in which everyone can fully participate.

As an Independent Living Center (ILC), ARISE promotes the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the community. Like all ILCs, ARISE has five key characteristics. The agency is:

  • consumer-controlled – it is operated by people with disabilities who directly influence policies and service delivery
  • community-based – it is located in the communities we serve and is dedicated to meeting each community’s specific needs
  • non-residential – we do not operate a residential facility and focus on helping people live as independently as possible
  • non-profit – the agency meets the federal and state definitions of a not-for-profit organization
  • cross-disability focused – we serve people of all ages with all types of disabilities

ARISE is dedicated to furthering the independent living philosophy: the belief that people with disabilities have the same rights as people who do not have disabilities. We are at the forefront of advocating for access, choice, and self-determination for individuals with disabilities.

We encourage you to get involved and give back to your community, either by volunteering to help ARISE accomplish its work, or by helping advocacy efforts that reduce the barriers people with disabilities face in their everyday lives.