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.

We currently remain closed to open 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. For ways to get in direct contact with us: please visit our Contact Us page.

Highlighted Programs:

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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.

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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 you're ready to take the next step to becoming successfully employed: FAST is for you 

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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?

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