By Guest Blogger Sarah Mueller, MS, CT, Independent Living Specialist, Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee
There are more than 400 Centers for Independent Living (CIL) currently operating in the United States, and I work for one that can be characterized by its unparalleled level of devotion and drive.
At the Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee (CILMTN) in Nashville, we are committed to providing the five core services of the independent living movement, as defined by the National Council on Independent Living:
- Peer Support
- Information and Referral
- Individual and Systems Advocacy
- Independent Living Skills Training
Having only been on the receiving end of these services prior to moving to Nashville in July 2014, I was new to the concept of becoming a disability-oriented social worker-extraordinaire; though not a stranger to the great need for these centers. Having struggled with millions of other “millenials” to find a job well-suited to my qualifications and experience, I was energized by the thought of working for an organization that was run “by the people, for the people”—and who could be more qualified to work for the disability population than a person with a disability (PWD)?