Education, employment, housing and transportation still remain the most important quality of life issues and challenges for people with disabilities. Future Independent Living leaders must address these critical issues as well as:

Unserved and underserved populations

  • Foreign-born consumers
  • Severely disabled consumers
  • Multiple disability consumers
  • Mental health consumers
  • Elderly and youth with disabilities

Assistive technology

  • Cell phone accessibility for deaf, hard of hearing and blind consumers
  • Computer accessibility through alternative input and output techniques
  • Augmentative communication technology
  • mobility technology capable of handling various terrain obstacles


Universal design and Visit-ability guidelines

Capacity building

Increasing education, employment and housing opportunities through Independent Living Center and community collaborations.

Judy Heumann

Below are five videos from an interview with Judy Heumann where she discusses disability rights and her view of Independent Living and the future of Centers for Independent Living.

Back: The Future