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*
  • Participating Families
  • ILO Community Group 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 the abilities and rights of those with developmental disabilities to make choices.

ILO Insights Newsletter: Our Latest Edition

What’s Happening
in the ILO Community

In the News

ILO in The Washington Post 

ILO’s Crossings community was featured in the Washington Post! To read the full article, click HERE. 

Upcoming Events

5:00 pm ALL – Virtual Cooking Class @ Zoom
ALL – Virtual Cooking Class @ Zoom
Jan 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
ALL ARE WELCOME!     Click —>   
4:30 pm B/DC – Virtual Weekly Check In ... @ Zoom
B/DC – Virtual Weekly Check In ... @ Zoom
Jan 25 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
(Attendance is highly recommended). Activity:  Nutrition – “Fun with Fiber” Click –>   
6:00 pm ALL Virtual Current Events @ Zoom
ALL Virtual Current Events @ Zoom
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
All POD – Hosted by Janet (All are welcome!) Click–>   
3:00 pm ALL – Netflix Series – Our Plane... @ Zoom
ALL – Netflix Series – Our Plane... @ Zoom
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
(All are welcome to attend) Click —> Meeting ID: 840 2373 8297, Passcode: 184441    
5:30 pm GB Virtual Weekly Check-In @ Zoom
GB Virtual Weekly Check-In @ Zoom
Jan 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
(Attendance is highly recommended)    Click Here: ——> Launch Meeting – Zoom
1:00 pm ALL – Lunchtime Virtual Walking ... @ Zoom
ALL – Lunchtime Virtual Walking ... @ Zoom
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
ALL ARE WELCOME! Click Here: ———>: Meeting ID: 840 2373 8297 Passcode: 184441

Community Group

ILO Self-Advocates – Join Us for FREE Yoga, BINGO and other fun programs and activities in 2022!

*Participating self-advocates, or their families, must subscribe to the ILO Community Group and must sign a waiver before participation. 

Go to for more info or to join the ILO Community Group.

See ILO’s Activity and Event Calendar for more information:

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Current ILO POD Happenings

PODS are supported communities of Self-Advocates who interact together locally.


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.

Article Abstract

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.

VIDEO: A discussion with Founder Maedi Tanham Carney on what ILO is, how we are creating communities, and on gaining an understanding the concept of community partnerships and the impact of the community builder. Click the image to play.

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