Welcome to the Blue Water Center for Independent Living. As the disability resource of the thumb, we work with individuals, their families and other organizations and agencies to help people with disabilities live independently.
With an administration office in Port Huron and staff in St. Clair, Lapeer, Sanilac, Tuscola, and Huron County we help over 4,500 people with disabilities and their families lead productive lives each year. In many cases, our efforts extend beyond the people we serve to benefit the entire community.
Our accomplishments and track record come, fundamentally, from the diversity of people served, their multiple needs, and service to the whole individual.
Very often we hear the question, What is Blue Water Center for Independent Living? We are a consumer-driven organization that advocates, informs and supports all people with disabilities to live independently.
This is our creed, we believe that no one be excluded from participation in the community due to disability; that disabilities are a normal part of life; that self-determination is essential to our dignity as human begins; that the best people to address issues of disability in the community are people with disabilities; that all people have equal access to all aspects of life and community.
“There are two ways of spreading light,”novelist Edith Wharton wrote. “To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” We at the Blue Water Center for Independent Living hope we are both, as do all dedicated individuals at all Independent Living Centers across the land.
The Blue Water Center for Independent Living is a consumer driven organization that advocates, informs, and supports all people with disabilities to live independently.
Independent Living is the right of ALL people to make informed choices, to have personal control over their own lives, and to participate to the fullest extent possible in the everyday activities of work, school, home, family, and community.
- Disabilities are a normal part of life
- Self-Determination is essential to our dignity as human beings
- Disability issues are best understood & addressed by the people who experience them in their lives
- The “problem” experienced by the person with a disability rests not with that individual, but with the environment in which he or she operates