Black and white picture of the original Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in 1976, when the ILCSC first opened. City Councilman Ernani Bernardi (middle, cutting ribbon), Ed Roberts (left side) in wheelchair and Darrell McDaniel in wheelchair (on the right side, holding ribbon). All are smiling.

The Independent Living Center of Southern California, Inc. (ILCSC)


For over 43 Years, Providing Support and Resources for Independent Living.

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.

Any Person with a Disability, Older Adult, or Veteran, who may benefit from ILCSC services or programs, is eligible without charge…regardless of disability, race, creed, nationality, or age.

ILCSC services include Independent Living Skills Training, Vocational Training, Computer Skills, Horticulture Classes, Job Placement & Job Coaching, Activities for Daily Living (ADL), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) services, Advocacy, Cross Disability Peer Support, Housing Assistance, Personal Assistants Management, Emergency Services, Information & Referral, Systems Advocacy, and Training Workshops.

ILCSC operations are highly dependent upon community support and individual benefactors, corporate and foundation contributions, Grants/Contracts, as well as year-round, in-kind donations. Volunteer services are gratefully received.


In 1976 a dream was realized…Persons with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Veterans gained the opportunity to work towards their goals of independence in life, through the assistance of a new “grass roots” agency…The Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC).

Black and white photo from 1976, with 3 men in wheelchairs, all wearing suits. Darrell McDaniel, Lou Nau and Bob Campbell. Co-Founders.
Founding ILCSC Board Members – (left to right) Darrell McDaniel; Lou Nau; and Bob Campbell
Black and white picture from 1976 ILCSC Ribbon-cutting Ceremony. Ed Roberts in wheelchair, Past Director of California Department of Rehabilitation; Ernandi Bernardi, Los Angeles Councilman; and Darrell Mc Daniel, Co-Founder, Internal Revenue Service Counselor.
1976 ILCSC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – (left to right) Ed Roberts, Past Director California State Department of Rehabilitation; Ernani Bernardi, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Darrell McDaniel, ILCSC Co-Founder, Internal Revenue Service Counselor

Black and white photo of Norma Jean Vescovo, a Founder of the ILCSC and Executive Director for over 40 years. Member of the ILCSC Board of Directors.
Norma Jean Vescovo, ILCSC Executive Director, worked ten years prior to the founding of the ILCSC, to improve the school systems, organizations, and special education schools for persons with disabilities, and was one of the original founders of the Independent Living Center of Southern California.

In 1975 I had the privilege of working with three wonderful colleagues, Darrell McDaniel, Lou Nau, and Bob Campbell, to plan, develop, and set up the operations of the ILCSC. As a team, we worked with the people in the community to seek out the needs of persons with disabilities. We made one promise, that has been consistent throughout our 43 years, ‘If you need a service, and are a person with a disability, come to us and you will receive that service.’

The ILCSC has developed additional services and locations. We have a home in Lancaster, providing services such as Independent Living Skills (ILS), Employment Preparation, and Job Placement/Coaching. We provide training monthly on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Disability Rights; Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) services; Activities for Daily Living (ADL); and services to Youth for transitioning from school to community.

The success of the ILCSC continues to grow. We provide the services that assist persons with disabilities in their goal of living independently…through community organization networking, our caring and talented staff, our fantastic Board of Directors, the support of the community, and those who give through volunteer hours or by donations.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every one for all you have done to support the Independent Living Center of Southern California. We look forward to even greater success in the years to come!”

Norma Jean Vescovo
Executive Director, ILCSC

ILCSC Board of Directors

The ILCSC Board of Directors guide the organization with advice and counsel. They help us to fulfill our mission and vision. The Board provides the expertise and leadership needed to guide our organization in providing excellence, both in services and programs.

Our Board represents the people we serve. A minimum of 51% are people with disabilities. They reflect the socioeconomic, ethnic, geographic and disability diversity of our community.

We appoint Board members based upon their interest in our mission. Our Board meets monthly. Board members are volunteers and are not paid.

The ILCSC gives our thanks and appreciation to each and every one of our Board Members for their dedication and service.

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