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Disability Rights and


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It's the little things

that make

Big differences

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Changing the lives

of our

Community's Youth

Listen to Jon Weems, Blue Ridge Independent Living Center’s Independent Living Coordinator as he sings an incredible song that he wrote about everything going on in the world with the Coronavirus and those on the front lines.

Our Mission

Blue Ridge Independent Living Center photo of main campus

Main campus in Roanoke, Virginia

The Blue Ridge Independent Living Center assists people with disabilities to live independently. The Center also serves the community at large by helping to create an environment that is accessible to all.

The Center, established in July 1989, is a private, non-profit community agency with non-residential programs. Support for service is received from state and federal sources and donations from regional businesses and individuals. The Center is governed by a Board of Directors with a majority of members having disabilities.

The Center serves residents of the Fifth Planning District of Virginia which includes the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig and Roanoke counties and the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem

BRILC Core Services

    • Advocacy

      Assistance in gaining equal access to services that individuals with disabilities are entitled to receive.

    • Peer Counseling

      Counseling for persons with disabilities by persons with disabilities.

    • Independent Living Skills Training

      Assistance in obtaining the skills needed to live independently, such as financial management, acquired social skills, household management, etc.

    • Transition Services

      Facilitate transition of youth to postsecondary life, from nursing homes other institutions to the community, and prevent institutionalization.

    • Information and Referral

      Information about assistive equipment, recreation, accessibility, legislation, and other disability-related issues.  Referrals are also made to local service providers to assist individuals to locate resources needed to become or remain independent and in the community.

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