Welcome


Who We Are and What We Do

We are a local not for profit that has been empowering the meaningful Independent Living (IL) Philosophy choices, flexibilities and control of all persons with disabilities in our region for more than 30 years. This is best achieved when we come together as a unified community voice in partnership!

We create and deliver unique programs that increase self-directed skill development, employment and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities. This builds a more richly diverse, inclusive and fundamentally accessible community. Through meaningful partnerships, we are increasing the involvement and broadening the reach of all persons with disabilities in our region!

We focus our programs and services on creating direct pathways to meaningful skill development and employment opportunities for any independent person with a disability in our community seeking to become more autonomous. Through funding partnerships, most of our services are completely free to eligible participants.


COVID 19

As you might expect, COVID 19 has had a profound impact on the way we deliver programs and services. We currently remain closed to public contact, however all of our programs and services are operating and thriving virtually (video meetings, telephone, email, etc). The move to providing robust, virtual access has significantly increased our accessibility and flexibility to accommodate an even greater base of community program participants.


Highlighted Programs:

yyc fast vr outreach

The newest addition to our comprehensive set of employment programs at ILRC Thunder Bay: Yes Youth Can (YYC) has been designed with today's youth with disabilities in mind! Serving participants between the ages of 16 - 30, YYC offers extensive paid employment success training, paid quality work experience with community employers partners and much more.

Click for more information

Our flagship employment program is in its 8th successful year since being developed. FAST continues to assist eligible persons with disabilities to reach their employment goals with a focus on skill development; specialized training opportunities and subsidized work experiences with employers. If your're ready to take the next step to becoming successfully employed: FAST is for you 

Click for more information

We've gone 100% digital!
Our famous recreation programming, including Connectors, continues in a virtual setting! If you're interesting in meeting old and new friends in our facilitated and safe virtual environment connect with us today! For current monthly calendar of weekly events: please visit us on Facebook. 

Click for more information.

You have questions: we have answers!
Do you support people with disabilities in our community that are seeking to become employed? Would to know more about us and the highly successful employment programs we offer? Are you a community employer who would like to partner with us to support your employees with disabilities?

Click for more information