Helping Young Adults with Disabilities Transition to Independent Living
Integrated Living Opportunities (ILO) is a non-profit organization serving members primarily in the Washington, D.C./Maryland area.
ILO is a coalition made up of:
- Self-Advocates* – adults with developmental delays or significant challenges.
- Participating Families
- ILO Staff
- Our Executive Director and Board of Directors
Together we create supportive communities of peers and caring people who help the Self-Advocate transition to independent living.
Our goal is the utmost independence and self-reliance possible, with a safe network of support when it’s needed.
*This is a term that respectfully reflects their abilities and their rights to make choices.
What’s Happening in the ILO Community
In the News
Coronavirus Info for ILO Self-Advocates
Click here for tips on prevention and how to get help if you need it.
ILO in The Washington Post
ILO’s Crossings community was recently featured in the Washington Post! To read the full article, click HERE.
ILO Self-Advocates – Join Us for FREE Yoga, BINGO and other fun programs and activities through the end of the year.
*Participating self-advocates, or their families, must subscribe to the ILO Community Group and must sign a waiver before participation.
Go to https://www.ilonow.org/ilo-community-group/ for more info or to join the ILO Community Group.
See ILO’s Activity and Event Calendar for more information: www.ilonow.org/calendar
On Social Media
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Maedi Tanham Carney on Wiley Online!
Our very own Executive Director, Founder and Board Member, Maedi Tanham Carney, was recently featured in an article published on Wiley Online, entitled, “Planning for the future of a pediatric kidney transplant recipient with special needs: A parent’s perspective.” As the mother of a special needs daughter, Ellie, Maedi has a unique perspective to offer parents who are faced not only with the requirements of a child with a disability, but also one with critical health concerns.
I was asked to write this article to share with medical professionals, my view as a parent with a child who has special needs and needs a transplant. It is a detailed story from a parent’s point of view on what it is like to have a child with special needs with serious medical complications and how I went about finding and managing my daughter’s care. I summarize my own personal experiences based on my years of planning for my daughter.
The ILO Community Group
The ILO Community Group is a unique, all ages, members-only group that operates within the wider ILO community. It was created to bring together individuals with disabilities who wish to join the ILO community, but may not be ready to participate in ILO training, or actively prepare for independent living at this time.
Learn more and get involved today.
Learn about ILO
VIDEO: A brief introduction to ILO and why it supports building inclusive communities for individuals with disabilities. Click the image to play.