We are the Independent Living Center located in Kingston, New York.
Founded in 1983, RCAL belongs to a network of approximately 62 Independent Living Centers scattered throughout New York State. RCAL‘s founder, Joan Gundersen, saw a real need for education and advocacy after having become disabled herself. Today, RCAL continues to advocate for the rights and needs of individuals of all ages with disabilities.
The mission of Independent Living Centers is to enhance the ability of persons with all types of disabilities to determine their own destinies, participate in all aspects of society and contribute to and share their responsibility in community life. To this end, centers pursue objectives that address the personal needs of consumers as well as improve social and environmental aspects of their local communities.
RCAL staff assist individuals with negotiating systems – from Social Security to education – so that they can maintain their independence in the community.
Please view the video below to learn more about what we do at RCAL.
What are Independent Living Centers?
Independent Living Centers (or ILCs) are unique locally administered not-for-profit organizations, providing advocacy and supports to assist people with disabilities of all ages to live independently and fully integrated in their communities. At RCAL, we constantly seek to advocate on behalf of, as well as to empower, individuals with unique needs who might otherwise fall by the wayside.