Accessible Resources for Independence, Inc., (ARI) provides support and services to people with disabilities in Anne Arundel and Howard counties in Maryland.
Accessible Resources for Independence is a center for independent living (CIL) that is consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, and nonresidential. It is a private, nonprofit agency. It is designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities and is providing an array of independent living (IL) services. The Center’s staff and Board of Directors is more than 51% with disabilities. The Center is a membership organization to underscore its being consumer-controlled. Its mission is to provide services and supports to empower individuals with disabilities to lead self-directed, independent, and productive lives in a barrier–free community.
In carrying out our mission, ARI provides the resources, training, counseling and other assistance needed to enhance independence, productivity and quality of life, strengthen family support systems and assist people with disabilities in becoming integrated into the mainstream of life.
ARI serves persons of any age and with any disabilities, including children, the elderly and veterans by providing at least four core services. These are:
- Information and Referral
- Independent Living Skills Training
- Peer Counseling
Services and support designed to foster independent living include:
- Equal Access
- Removal of physical and attitudinal barriers
- Affordable and accessible housing search
- Accessible transportation
- Equal opportunities for employment
We believe that each individual has the right to optimize his or her personal abilities. We provide advocacy on behalf of people who need individual support with employers, medical providers and others.
We also assist individuals who need information on disability-related issues such as housing, technology, employment, legal issues and more.