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The UILC is a non–residential facility that provides services which enhance the independence of people with disabilities.

Staff members, some of whom have a disability, play an important role in the delivery of independent living services which include five core services of:

  1. Peer Support
  2. Information and Referral
  3. Independent Living Skills Training
  4. Advocacy
  5. Transition

We provide these services both at the individual and community levels.

All services are demand driven.

Eligibility

A person must have a physical or mental disability which impairs activities of daily living and a reasonable expectation must exist that UILC’s services will increase independence.

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  1. Personal control over one’s life
  2. Self–direction
  3. Freedom of choice
  4. Risk–taking
  5. Equal access
  6. Significant participation in society

Independent living is having control over one’s life based on the choice of acceptable option that minimize reliance on others in making decisions and in performing everyday activites. Disability issues are viewed in terms of civil rights rather than special services.

Independent Living is a rapidly growing consumer movement. Its rapid growth is a function of the great need that exists for services to persons who have a significant disability. A personal definition of independent living encompasses a person with a disability having the right to choose and have personal control over one’s life including the services they receive. The Independent Living movement has historical roots in the Civil Rights movement as well as the de-institutional and other social justice and self–help trends prevalent in the early 1960s.

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The Utah Independent Living Center (UILC) is a private, non–profit, non–residential facility that teaches independent living skills to people with disabilities.

The UILC was the first independent living center in Utah and has been serving this community since April of 1982.

Life skill services that are available compliment rather than duplicate services already existing in the community. Staff members with disabilities play an important role in the delivery of independent living services.

Services available assist people with disabilities living in Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties achieve increased independence and community integration.

The Center is consumer controlled with a majority of staff and board members being people with disabilities.

Controlling one’s life and minimizing dependence on others are central themes in the independent living movement. Thus, consumers have a say in the services they receive from the UILC. Eliminating barriers in the community enables people with disabilities to be active participants.

Community advocacy is an essential component of our independent living program.

The UILC is committed to providing services needed by people with disabilities to function more independently in their families and communities.

The UILC is a 501(c)3 private, non–profit agency.
Financial donations are gladly accepted.
Most donations are tax deductible. Make a donation

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Meets monthly and provides governance and direction for the Utah Independent Living Center.

Membership must be at least 51% people with disabilities.


  • Richard Fox – Chairperson

  • Kim Price – Vice–Chairperson

  • Greg Killpack – Secretary/Treasurer

  • Bryan Carroll

  • Olga Nadeau

  • Jack Landro

  • Karrie Thorne

  • Sam Arishita

  • Howard Wilkerson

  • Annie Beach

  • Kent Ryan


We meet the 2nd Thursday of every month.

If you or if you know anyone that would be interested in being a board member of the UILC, please contact Debra at 801–466–5565

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Debra MairExecutive Director
Expertise in all aspects of independent living. Responsible for overseeing the day–to–day operation of the Utah Independent Living Center (UILC), fundraising and seeing that overall UILC mission and goals are accomplished.

Email: dmair@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x203

Kim Meichle Head Injury Specialist and Program Director
Expertise in computers, knowledge of independent living philosophy, and State and Federal access laws. Responsibilities including providing direction, guidance, and supervision of independent living programs.

Email: kmeichle@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x207

Patty TrentFiscal Manager
Expertise in fiscal management & human resources. Responsibilities are bookkeeping, accounting, assisting with insurance and personnel issues.

Email: ptrent@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x204

Debbie LambroseClerical Support and Loan Bank Services
Expertise in providing clerical support, information and referral, and assistance checking out assistive equipment from our Loan Bank. Responsibilities include being familiar with community services, greeting and assisting consumers, answering incoming calls and maintaining Loan Bank service records.

Email: dlambrose@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x201

Ruth BurnsideDriver
Expertise in transporting people. Responsibilities include driving lift–equipped van to transport consumers who are unable to use public transit.

Email: rburnside@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x214

Loan Bank Program

Jess BushmanStaff Support/Loan Bank Specialist
Expertise in assisting people acquire assistive equipment on a temporary basis. Responsibilities include working with people who need to borrow assistive equipment, building maintenance, and assisting other staff members.

Phone Extension: x202

Independent Living Skills Program

Audrey WrightIndependent Living Skills Specialist
Expertise in coordinating community activities. Responsibilities are assisting consumers to develop independent living skills through community participation and assisting community facilities to become more accessible.

Email: awright@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x215

Debbie Sarah GamarraIndependent Living Skills Specialist/Spanish Translator
Expertise in coordinating community activities. Responsibilities are assisting consumers to develop independent living skills through community participation and assisting community facilities to become more accessible.

Email: dgamarra@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x205

Community Integration Program

Michael LefevorCommunity Integration Coordinator
Expertise in coordinating community activities. Responsibilities are assisting consumers to develop independent living skills through community participation and assisting community facilities to become more accessible.

Email: mlefevor@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x209

Education Enhancement Program

Kathy SelfLife Skills Trainer
Expertise in working with youth assisting them to transition from school to community living. Responsibilities include teaching skills for every day living.

Email: kself@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x219

Julie BecksteadLife Skills Trainer
Expertise in transition needs of youth with disabilities, parenting and mentoring individuals striving to be more independent. Responsibilities include working with adults and youth on independent living needs.

Email: jpbeckstead@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x206

Nursing Home Transition Program

Dylan Richardson Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Specialist
Expertise in identifying people with disabilities living in nursing homes who want to move to another community living arrangement. Responsibilities include building a network of community resources and providing individual services enabling people to live outside of a care facility.

Email: drichardson@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x221

Assistive Technology Program

Tiffany MontoyaAssistive Technology Service Coordinator
Expertise in Independent Living/Assistive Technology (AT) service coordination. Responsibilities are providing daily living skill instruction and coordinating services needed to assist consumers in acquiring assistive technology needed for daily living.

Email: tmontoya@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x220

Janice McCulloughAssistive Technology Coordinator
Expertise in Assistive Technology (AT) coordination and assessment. Responsibilities are assessing the assistive technology needs of people with disabilities and identifying equipment needed for increased independence.

Email: jmccull@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x208

Outreach and Independent Living Skills Program

Jan BigelowIndependent Living Skills and Outreach Coordinator
Expertise in coordinating daily living skill development. This includes teaching classes and individual training. Expertise in personal attendant management skills and community networking. This includes providing information and referrals and providing the means to locate services, including personal attendants and housing.

Email: jbigelow@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x211

Deserae (Desi) Clark Independent Living Skills and Outreach Specialist
Expertise in coordinating daily living skill development services in outlying areas including Summit County, Magna, Herriman, and Tooele. Responsibilities include identifying people needing services, and implementing services and activities. Expertise in development of daily living skills. This includes identifying consumer’s needs and implementing classes and services to meet identified needs. Also the website developer for the UILC.

Email: dclark@uilc.org
Phone Extension: x212

Deaf Independent Living Expansion Program

Carole PeckPeer Support Specialist
Expertise in providing peer support to people who are deaf. Responsibilities include working with consumers who are deaf and need to learn daily living skills.

Email: carolpeck@utah.gov
Phone: Video Phone: 385-232-2173 or leave message with receptionist.

Tooele Branch Office

Jessica Smith Outreach and Independent Living Specialist
Expertise in coordinating daily living skill development services in Tooele County. Responsibilities include identifying people needing services, and implementing services and activities.

Email: jessicas@uilc.org
Phone: (435) 843-7353

Cheri Gunderson Life Skills Trainer
Expertise in extending Education Enhancement services to Tooele County, assisting students 14 to 22 years of age transition from school to community living. Responsibilities include teaching skills for every day living in local schools to meet independent living goals they have set.

Email: cherig@uilc.org
Phone: (435) 843-7353
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Title VI Notice

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 assures that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color or nation origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal funds. Any person who believes she or he has been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, or national origin by UILC may seek resolution informally or by filing a formal Title VI complaint. To request additional information on UILC’s Title VI policy, or to file a discrimination complaint, please contact or visit the UILC at 3445 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115. You may also call 801-466-5565 voice or TTY.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Según el Título VI de el Acto de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y leyes y reglamentos relacionados, UILC no quedará libre de participación en, negará beneficios de, o sujetará a discrimación a nadie en base a raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o desabilidad. Cualquier persona que crea que él o ella ha sido ofendido(a) por una práctica ilícita y descriminadora bajo el Título VI tiene derecho a someter una queja formal o informal con UILC.

PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN
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