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Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) is a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to empower all people with disabilities to understand and exercise their civil and human rights in order to live fully integrated lives in mainstream society. BILS assists individuals by providing them the necessary tools to make informed decisions about their own lives through access to education, skills development, and access to the appropriate resources. On a systemic level, BILS is committed to facilitating social, economic, and civic change by advocating for the removal of architectural, communication, and attitudinal barriers that have limited the disabled community for far too long.
At BILS, we believe that people should have knowledge of the choices and options available to them in order to make the decisions that affect their lives everyday. BILS facilitates the planning of strategies around obstacles, encourages individuals to try alternatives, and to share the solutions that have worked for them. Our emphasis is on educating people about their civil and human rights and to provide the tools needed to access these rights. The majority of our Board of Directors and staff are people with disabilities. This allows our services to be provided through a peer approach.