Independent Living Center of Southern California

Your Path to Independence

Serving Persons with Disabilities Since 1976


For over 43 years we have been assisting people with disabilities of all ages gain the skills they need to reach new levels of independence in life


Our staff is trained to help you understand your rights, express your views and wishes, and help make sure your voice is heard. ILCSC has a strong history of using advocacy to impact public policy.

Housing Assistance

Although the ILCSC is a non-residential organization, we offer housing opportunity referrals in the community.

Job Placement & Coaching

ILCSC provides pre-employment preparation and job placement assistance services, utilizing an extensive employer network throughout the ILCSC service area.


We assist clients in successfully transitioning to a community living arrangement as well as assisting youth in transitioning from school to community.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

We offer a wide range of services to clients who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury.

Vocational Training & Computer Skills

Training House classes are designed to empower clients. Vocational goals are important, however all of our classes encourage socialization skills, proper behavior in and out of the workplace, self-advocacy, as well as other skills which are helpful for independence in every aspect of life.

The Corona Virus has brought many challenges to our lives – Check out our Corona Virus Resources

Bringing the joy of independence to our community

About us

Mission Statement: The ILCSC is dedicated to providing the services which offer the opportunity to seek an individual path towards independence, while educating the community.

The Independent Living Center (ILCSC), a non-profit 501 (c)(3) consumer-based, non-residential agency provides a wide range of services to a growing population of People with Disabilities, including Youth, Older Adults, and Veterans…persons of all ages with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Stroke, Cancer, Autism, Visual Impairments, Arthritis, Loss of Hearing, Mental Illness, and Physical Impairments.

The ILCSC was established in 1976, and serves a large geographic area: Glendale; Burbank; the San Fernando Valley; Santa Clarita; Lancaster; and Northern Los Angeles County.

2/10/21…VAN NUYS, Calif. — February 10, 2021 — The Independent Living Center of Southern California is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Wells as its new Executive Director, and the retirement of its esteemed former Executive Director, Norma Jean Vescovo. (Go to the website News page for more)

Photo: Norma Jean Vescovo, 1979 Los Angeles special education protests

Norma Jean Vescovo walks next to the handicapped curb painted blue as a result of her efforts.
Norma Jean Vescovo

Our Latest News

Important news for our ILCSC family.

Our founder, Norma Jean Vescovo is retiring – read about her legacy in this LA Times Article from 2/20 entitled: “At 84, this fierce champion of people with disabilities has decided to retire — sort of”

Replacing Norma as Executive Director is Christopher Wells who comes to us well equipped to fill large shoes as he moves ILCSC into the future. You can read more about Chris in this Press Release: ILCSC Announces New Executive Director.

Christopher Wells


The work of any organization is dependent upon funding, and this holds especially true for our community-based non-profit! You can be a part of changing lives by making a gift to ILCSC directly here on our website. All gifts are appreciated, all gifts change lives, all gifts are tax-deductible.

Thank you for being a part of our life changing work.


“I gained many new skills to help me live independently. I am now working and have a very full life.”


I have learned how to do resumes, thank you letters, how to prepare for job interviews, and job readiness. How to be independent.”


I am more ready for the workforce, than I ever have been. I have gained a lot of confidence about me.