About

Black and white picture of the original Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in 1976, when the ILCSC first opened. City Councilman Ernani Bernardi, Ed Roberts in wheelchair and Darrell McDaniel in wheelchair.

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 will offer Persons with Disabilities, Youth, Older Adults, and Veterans the opportunity to seek an individual path towards independence – while educating the community.


A non-profit 501 (c) (3) consumer-based, non-residential agency providing a wide range of services to a growing population of People with all types of Disabilities, Youth, Older Adults, and Veterans; including people 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; and Northern Los Angeles County, including Lancaster, Palmdale, and the Antelope Valley. Any Person with a Disability, Older Adult, or Veteran, who may benefit from ILCSC services or programs, is eligible regardless of type of disability, race, creed, nationality, age or ability to pay.

ILCSC services include Independent Living Skills Training, Job Placement/Coaching, California Community Transitions (CCT), Horticulture Program Classes, Vocational Training, Transportation, Emergency Services, Housing Assistance, Advocacy, Information & Referral, Peer Support, Assistive Technology, and Benefits Assistance.

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 and Volunteer services, are gratefully received.

BEGINNINGS…

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

Black and white photo in 1976, with 3 men in wheelchairs. 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 40 years.
Norma Jean Vescovo, former ILCSC CEO, had been working for ten years prior to improve the school systems, organizations, and special education schools for persons with disabilities, and was one of the 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.’

During the last few years, we have developed more services and locations. We now have a new 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, provide Traumatic Brain Injury services, provide services for transitioning from nursing homes back into the community, and provide services to Youth to transition from school to the community.

The success of the ILCSC continues to grow, providing the services to assist persons with disabilties 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 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

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