Coalition for Community Integration - Steering Committee Organizations
The Center for Disability Rights, Inc. (CDR) is a not-for-profit, community-based advocacy and service organization for people with all types of disabilities. Incorporated as an all volunteer organization in 1990, CDR began providing services and grew throughout the 1990s. CDR became an independent organization on September 1, 1998.
Since 1998, CDR has been recognized as an Independent Living Center by the National Council on Independent Living, making CDR part of a national network of Independent Living Centers that provide non-residential and non-medical services. CDR uses a peer model where people with disabilities show other people with disabilities how to live independently and advocate for themselves. The Center for Disability Rights, Inc. continues to be a unique fusion of advocacy and supportive services. Bruce Darling, CDR's CEO serves as the lead for the project.
Mission Statement: "The Topeka Independent Living Resource Center is a civil and human rights organization. Our mission is to advocate for justice, equality and essential services for a fully integrated and accessible society for all people with disabilities."
TILRC was officially opened in November 1980; however, its roots date back to the early 1970s. During those years, the Independent Living movement across the nation was gaining momentum. This movement involved shifting societal attitudes about disability from perceptions of dependency, pity and charity toward recognition of independence, integration, and removal of architectural and other barriers. Michael Oxford, TILRC's Executive Director is a key partner in this project.
Atlantis ADAPT is the original group that was founded by Wade Blank that grew into the National ADAPT. Its first extended campaign focused on accessibility of public transit. After all, disabled people pay the same taxes as everyone else. An inaccessible, tax-funded public transit system is patently unfair and discriminatory. Through public protests, marches, picketing, and other forms of civil disobedience, ADAPT actions brought discrimination in public transit systems to light in various cities throughout the USA. This resulted in many cities—Denver being the first—recreating their public transit system with full accessibility in mind. ADAPT actions were also invaluable to the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. To this day Atlantis ADAPT continues its national and local campaigns. They now focus on integrated, accessible housing and dismantling the overwhelming influence of the nursing home industry over the lives of the elderly and disabled.