The purpose of Independent Living (IL) services is to eliminate barriers and provide assistance to individuals with disabilities so they can live and work more independently in their homes and communities. IL Principles include Consumer Control, Consumer Needs-Based, Individualized Services, Community Based Services and Equal Opportunity.

North Dakota has 4 Centers for Independent Living (CIL's) that provide IL services to individuals with disabilities of all ages.

All CIL's provide the following Core Services:

  • independent living skills training
  • peer support
  • individual and systems advocacy
  • information and referral
  • youth and institutional transition

CIL's also provide additional services as determined by consumer-identified needs in their service area. The services may include;

  • personal assistance services,
  • housing assistance,
  • transportation assistance,
  • social and recreational activities,
  • community awareness and education,
  • technical assistance to businesses and local governments

The Independent Living State Plan is jointly developed by the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and DVR. Click Title VII IL State Plan to access the current plan.

Questions, comments or requests for additional information may be directed to DVR or these Centers for Independent Living:

  • Dakota Center for Independent Living
    3111 East Broadway Avenue
    Bismarck, ND 58501
    Phone (Voice/TTY): 701-222-3636
    Toll Free: (800) 489-5013
    • Dickinson Branch:
      26 1st Street East Suite 103
      Dickinson, ND 58601
      Phone: 701-483-4363
  • Options Resource Center for Independent Living
    318 3rd Street NW
    East Grand Forks, MN 56721
    Phone (Voice/TTY): 218-773-6100
    Toll Free: 800-726-3692
  • Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living
    2701 9th Avenue S, Suite H
    Fargo, ND 58103
    Phone (Voice/TTY): 701-478-0459
    Toll Free: 800-450-0459
    • Jamestown Branch
      Jamestown Business Ctr., Ste 226
      Jamestown, ND 58401
      Phone: 701-252-4693
    • Lisbon Branch
      701 Main Street PO Box 544
      Lisbon, ND 58054
      Phone: 701-683-6850
    • Wahpeton Branch
      315 11th Street North
      Wahpeton, ND 58075
      Phone: 701-672-1648
  • Independence, Inc. Center for Independent Living
    315 3rd Ave. SW
    Minot, ND 58701
    Phone: 701-839-4724
    TTY: 701-839-6561
    Toll Free: 800-377-5114

Statewide Independent Living Council

Click Statewide Independent Living Council to learn about the Council