About Us

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 over 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 main stream 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

WRILC Staff Directory

Pam Davies
Executive Director   ext. 102
  Debbie Morris
Assistant Director   ext. 103
  Denise Caraway
Secretary /Transportation    ext. 105
Tammy Hartman
Transition Coordinator    ext. 104
  Bob James
Computer Consultant Contractor

  Carl Clemens
Advocate  ext. 251
Andrew Tice
Data Base Contractor
  Ted Horrell
Volunteer Computer Instructor
  Michael Moore
Braille Instructor


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

Board Members

Vince Stigliano, President

Beth Levine, Secretary

Ed Fabian

Ed and Sandy Eisnaugle

Tony Sforza

John Robertson

Susan Laird


Western Reserve Independent Living Center
Suite 203 - 4076 Youngstown Rd. SE
Warren, OH 44484, US
Toll free 1-855-260-4084
  Ph: 330-372-3325
330-373-1826                      info@wrilc.org
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