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Independent Living is about freedom of choice. It is about being included. It celebrates people with disabilities living a quality life.


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

What is Independent Living?


Independent living is about having the right to make choices, to make one's own mistakes, and to learn from them in the same way that people without disabilities can. People with disabilities must be empowered to take control of their own lives.

"CILs promote a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy in order to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American society." (RSA, 1992)


The first CILs were established in the early 1970s and were defined much as they are today as consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential, private, nonprofit agencies. To learn more about the history of independent living see:


  • We are funded by the state budget through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. We depend on federal and state grants for capacity building and other local resources for direct and indirect program costs. Donations are also accepted.

Our staff must be 50% people with disabilities. Our Board must be at least 51% people with disabilities.


WRILC Staff Directory

Pam Davies
Executive Director   ext. 102

Debbie Morris
Assistant Director ext. 103

Mark Joseph
Information and Referral ext. 101

Andrew Tice
Database Coordinator

Nancy Kapis
Independent Living Specialist ext. 105

Meka Miller
Independent Living Specialist    ext. 106

Tammy Hartman

Transition Coordinator    ext. 104

Cindie Casterline
Youth Transition Coordinator  ext 109


Carl Clemens
Advocate  ext. 108

Ted Horrell
Volunteer Computer Instructor



Michael Moore
Braille Instructor



Our Board must be made up of 51% people with disabilities. Our full board meets every other month on Tuesday. Our Executive Board meets every other opposite month.

Board Members

Vince Stigliano, President

Tony Sforza

Susan Laird

Kim Straniak

Board Application Form

About Us

Western Reserve ILC is a local 501-C-3 non-profit agency servicing the needs of persons with disabilities in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties. 


Contact Us

Ph: 330-372-3325
Fax: 330-373-1826

Toll free 1-855-260-4084

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