ILRU, founded in 1977, has a long history of providing research, education and consultation in the areas of independent living, home and community-based services, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Core Areas of Expertise

Centers for Independent Living (CILs)

ILRU operates the IL-NET national training and technical assistance project for CILs, CIL-NET

The CIL-NET project maintains the up-to-date Directory of CILs and Associations

Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs)

ILRU operates the IL-NET national training and technical assistance project for SILCs, SILC-NET

The SILC-NET project maintains the up-to-date Directory of SILCs

CIL Disability, Diversity, & Intersectionality

ILRU conducts the CIL Diversity project to support CILs in improving services, programs, and outreach for racially, ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse groups.

Collaborative on Health Reform & Independent Living (CHRIL)

The CHRIL brings together disability advocates and researchers from four institutions to investigate and disseminate findings about how the Affordable Care Act affects working age adults with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Southwest ADA Center is one of ten regional ADA Centers that provide technical assistance and training on the ADA. ILRU also is a member of the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC).

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

The Disability911 website was created to provide assistance in and information on disaster preparedness for people with disabilities. Recent updates include Hurricane Harvey Resources for People with Disabilities.

Houston Livable Communities Initiative

ILRU is engaged in a cooperative initiative with the City of Houston to assess and improve community participation and access to healthcare for people with disabilities and older adults in five relatively disadvantaged  neighborhoods.

ILRU provides training, technical assistance, and information dissemination on a number of topics and in a variety of formats. On-location, online and on-demand trainings, Webinars and teleconferences provide timely information on a wide range of topics. Technical assistance is provided on-demand as needs are identified. Materials and resources on a wide array of topics are available for download from this website. For information on the projects led by ILRU or to which we lend our expertise, use the menu above to select a specific project. Use the topic menu on the right or the search feature above to review the range of information available on a topic or area of interest.


Please Note: The Rehabilitation Act was reauthorized in 2014 with the passage of the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) and implementing regulations are now final. Documents related to the independent living program posted to this site are being updated to reflect those regulations.