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advocates, family members, professionals, volunteers in support for
a higher accomplishment of SAILS mission
to serve more, diversified services and programs
for the people with disabilities in all communities
    
Serving People With Disabilities In Our Communities





Disability
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  Mission

To advocate for the rights and empowerment of the people with disABILITIES and to provide needed services to people with disABILITIES in order to increase their self-determination and independence

Since 1981, SAILS has worked to make San Antonio and the surrounding counties a better place to live, work and play for people with disABILITIES

Programs

Advocacy: Provide information, assistance, support systems for people with disabilities and their families and promote changes that enhance their full integration to the community.
Provide education on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and information about disability rights.

Information and Referral: Provide up-to-date information about community resources.

Independent Living Skills: Provide workshops to enhance the ability to live independently.

Peer Support: Offer opportunities to interact and share information with peers.

History

San Antonio Independent Living Center (SAILS) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 and federally designated Center for Independent Living (CIL) aimed at those who reside in the Bexar County and 27 additional counties area.

Originally, SAILS was founded by the San Antonio Citizens for Handicaps (SACH) to serve as an advocacy center for people with disabilities in San Antonio and the surrounding area.

SAILS has dedicated over thirty-one years of hard work in order to help individuals with all types of disabilities.

Since 1981, San Antonio Independent Living Services (SAILS) has worked to make San Antonio and the surrounding counties a better place to live, work, and engage in recreational events for people with disabilities.

Continuing today, SAILS helps individuals with any disability: mental, physical, cognitive, or sensory. We can assist you or your family member by teaching independent living skills, providing up-to-date information and referrals, and training individuals on how to advocate for themselves.

    Philosophy

People with disABILITIES have the right to be treated with dignity and respect; the right to live and receive services in their own homes, and to decide for themselves what is the best for them.

Independent Living is different from other social services in that people with disABILITIES decide what services are needed and the best way to receive those services. This allows individuals more control over their own lives and leads to independence.


Services

Benefits Assistance: Provide individualized social security benefits planning.

Deaf Support Service, Telecommunications: Provide assistance to persons who are deaf/hard of hearing and deaf and blind.

Provide information, assistance and training for adaptive telecommunication devices.

Relocation Services: Provide transition assistance from nursing facilities to the community.

Recreation, Social Events: Provide opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in various community activities.