Access 2 Independence has been in the eastern Iowa community for 40 years. Formed in 1979 from the former Evert Connor Rights and Resources Center, Access 2 Independence is one of six organizations in Iowa recognized as a Center for Independent Living. To be recognized as a CIL, an organization must:
- be a not-for-profit, community based, non residential, cross-disability organization;
- have a strong emphasis on consumer-controlled principles;
- regularly conduct barrier removal, systems advocacy, and social change activities;
- provide the five core services of individual and systems advocacy, information and referral, peer support, independent living skills training, and transition.
Access 2 Independence empowersindividuals with disabilities to advocate for themselves in order to achieve greater independence and integrated community participation. In addition, Access 2 Independence connects individuals withdirect services to help individuals obtain the skills and supports they choose, in order to accomplish their self-determined goals.