Mission Statement

The Eastern Shore Center For Independent Living (ESCIL) program’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to make their own life choices and to realize their greatest potential as individuals. A major component of this mission is educating and encouraging these individuals to be able to impact policies that affect their daily lives, as well as assisting them with accessing the resources that are necessary for their independence in their homes and community.

Independent Living should not be defined in terms of living on one’s own, being employed in a job fitting one’s capabilities and interests, or having an active social life. These are aspects of living independently. Independent Living means having the right and opportunity to pursue a course of action, and it also means having the freedom to fail – and to learn from one’s failure.