Our Mission

People with disabilities providing supports and training for the disability and elder communities to live well in southwest Colorado.


We envision a world where people with disabilities and elders are respected and included members of their communities, making their own decisions, directing the supports and services they need to live well in the community, and giving back to the community from their strengths.

Our Services

Independent Living


Nursing Home Transitions


Youth Services



Low Vision


Service Area

We serve the 5 counties of Southwest Colorado.

Our History

Southwest Center for Independence, Inc. (SWCI) was established as a Center for Independent Living (CIL) in 1990 by the Independent Living Coordinator for the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and a small group of La Plata County residents with disabilities who were interested in the independent living movement. Southwest Center for Independence is a Colorado Nonprofit agency (501(c)3), which means it is a tax-exempt organization for both Federal and State taxes. We serve people with disabilities residing in La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan Counties in Southwest Colorado.