Our Mission

To Enhance Personal Choice

Our mission is to advocate for a fully accessible and integrated community and provide services for individuals with disabilities.We look to enhance personal choice while promoting social, vocational, and economic opportunities

Our History

Developed, Directed and Delivered by Persons with Disabilities

Resources for Independent Living, Inc.(RIL) began operation in 1988 and was founded as a non–profit organization in 1990 with a staff of 5 and a consumer based philosophy to provide services to person with disabilities to enable them to live independently in the community. By 1995, RIL grew to include a staff of 30 opened an office in Baton Rouge along with at least an 8 member Board of Directors. RIL has maintained a majority of persons with disabilities on staff and Board since its inception.RIL is committed to advocating services with increased self determination and independence through various programs. These programs are developed, directed and delivered by person with disabilities.

Independent Living Movement

Disability Rights

Prior to the 1960’s, people with significant disabilities were invariably incarcerated in state-run institutions.  People with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and sensory or physical disabilities were kept in appalling and inhumane conditions often far worse than criminals were subjected to, even at the time.  Deinstitutionalization is a process that began to occur in the 1960’s in which people with significant disabilities were gradually released from institutions to return to their communities where treatment was to be available.  This process created for the first time in American history an opportunity, an imperative, for people with disabilities to live free and independent lives. 

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Useful Info

Statewide Independent Living Centers (CIL's)

There are three Centers for Independent living that serve Louisiana. Learn More


National Council For Independent Living (NCIL

A national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: Centers for Independent Living(CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations throughout the United States. .Learn More

Our Serving Population

Resources for Independent Living, Inc.(RIL) was founded in 1988 with one great intention, service. Since its founding,RIL has provided services to aid persons with disabilities in their daily lives which over time has created a family-oriented establishment. Resources for Independent Living, Inc. emphasizes community involvement and awareness especially when achieving positive and effective change.

We provide services to twenty-three parishes in the Greater Louisiana Southeast region.RIL is committed to advocating services with increased self determination and independence through various programs.

Serving Parishes

Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Lower St. Martin, Orleans, Plaquemine, Point Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.

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All persons with a disability as defined by the Rehab Act are eligible to receive RIL’s services. Our staff is deligheted to provided one on one individualized home assessments are to determine appropriate placement of services. Your services are just a phone call away!