About Us

Central New York’s Independent Living Center

As a non-profit, community-based organization we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of disability, has the power to make life choices and achieve their dreams. Navigating the world of disability services can be confusing and overwhelming. Whether you have a simple question or no idea where to start, we’re here to help. 

Since 1979, we have provided opportunities so that people with disabilities can live freely and independently in the community. Everything we do is based on the Independent Living Philosophy: the belief that people with disabilities have a right to self-determination. People with disabilities possess power to make choices and work toward achieving personal goals and systems change. 

As a designated non-residential Independent Living Center, we are organized and directed by people with disabilities. Many of our services are available to people of all ages who have all types of disabilities. 

ARISE annually serves more than 7,000 people from our offices located in five Central New York counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Seneca. All of our programs are consumer directed, maximizing choice and opportunity for the people we serve.