What is ILO?

ILO’s Mission

ILO helps families create supportive communities to facilitate networks of support for adults with disabilities to enable them to live independently. We do this by developing teams of paid and unpaid individuals for our self-advocates as they move out of their family houses into their own homes.

ILO’s Vision

ILO will be the organization in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, MD that supports and empowers adults with disabilities to live as fully integrated, contributing and participating members in the wider community.

Please read our Success Stories, as they describe ILO’s future. It is ILO’s definition of what we mean by a Full Life, and living in an intentional community.

Integrated Living Opportunities is a non-profit organization that is devoted to helping families with special needs build supportive, integrated communities that enable safe, productive, independent living options for their young adults with developmental disabilities. ILO was founded by Maedi Tanham Carney, CFP®, CWIC, owner and founder of M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC, and group of core participating families (affectionately referred to as the “founding families”).

The idea for ILO grew from a need expressed in the special needs communities of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The individuals in these communities, along with their families, expressed the desire for independent living options that were inclusive, sustainable, affordable, and “above all,” community based. Carney, in her capacity as a special needs planner and also as a parent of a young adult with disabilities, began looking for independent living opportunities that fit those expressed needs.

After extensive research into many different programs from across the country, she came across Center for Independent Futures®, and their Community Living Option residences. Carney visited these residences and experienced first-hand the relationships and community partnerships that Center for Independent Futures® was creating for the individuals that lived there. After seeing how successful Center for Independent Futures® community building work has been in Illinois and across the country, Carney decided that this was the type of independent living option that was so desperately needed in the Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland areas.

Together with the five founding families, Carney traveled to Evanston, Illinois to take part in Center for Independent Futures® New Futures Initiative™ training. From that experience grew a partnership with Center for Independent Futures®, and the commitment on the part of Carney, and the five founding participating families decided to create independent living options for their young adults with disabilities in their own neighborhoods. Finally, from that commitment grew ILO – a non-profit organization that would facilitate the development of supportive integrated communities for young adults with disability in the Washington, D.C. area.

Currently, ILO is an IRC Section 501c3 non-profit organization incorporated in the District of Columbia. ILO is managed by Board of Directors, consisting of a Corporate Executive Officer & President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Members-at-Large. For more information about the people behind ILO, please visit our Meet The Board page. ILO’s network of support is currently 23 families strong, with all participating families and self-advocates residing in Montgomery County, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Center for Independent Futures® name and trademarks are used with permission.

Sep
21
Tue
5:30 pm B/DC Weekly Check in/Teaching Gr... @ The Glen Apartments
B/DC Weekly Check in/Teaching Gr... @ The Glen Apartments
Sep 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
B/DC Weekly Check in/Teaching Group & Taco Night (Bethesda/DC PODs) @ The Glen Apartments | Bethesda | Maryland | United States
Join us for our weekly check in/teaching group (Bethesda/DC pods). This week we will be cooking tacos! (Attendance is highly recommended.) (Masked and Socially Distanced) Hosted by Gabby The Glens Apartments 4998 Battery Lane Bethesda,[...]
Sep
25
Sat
9:00 am ALL Hike.Bike.BBQ
ALL Hike.Bike.BBQ
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
**ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED** Everyone welcome: Fully Participating Families, Community Group Families, Self-Advocates, Friends, Family, Supporters! 9:00-11:00 am – Hike or Bike in beautiful Carderock Park (optional) 11:00-1:00 pm – Picnic/BBQ $40 per[...]
Oct
5
Tue
7:00 pm Upper Montgomery County Family P... @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Upper Montgomery County Family P... @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Upper Montgomery County Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Bethesda Family POD Meetings take place every other month allowing ILO families to build their networks of support.
Oct
12
Tue
7:00 pm What is ABLE? (PARENT PRESENTATION) @ Zoom (tbd)**
What is ABLE? (PARENT PRESENTATION) @ Zoom (tbd)**
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
*Must be an active member of ILO’s Community Group. To learn more go to: www.ilonow.org/ilo-community-group **Dates and topics subject to change based on availability of speakers.
Oct
17
Sun
3:00 pm Bowling at Bowlero, Bethesda – (... @ Bowlero Bethesda (Bowling)
Bowling at Bowlero, Bethesda – (... @ Bowlero Bethesda (Bowling)
Oct 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Self-Advocates – join us for a fun Sunday afternoon at Bowlero Bethesda. The $23.00 per person fee includes 1-1/2 hours of unlimited bowling, free shoe rental, pizza and soda (or alternative for those with food[...]
Oct
19
Tue
7:00 pm DC Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
DC Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
DC Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Bethesda Family POD Meetings take place every other month allowing ILO families to build their networks of support.

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