People with disabilities providing supports and training for the disability and elder communities to live well in 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 (501(c)(3)nonprofit organization.  We serve people with disabilities residing in La Plata, Archuleta, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan Counties in Southwest Colorado.

man in wheelchair

Ed Roberts – the founder of the Independent Living Movement


Office Locations

3473 Main Avenue #23
Durango, CO 81301
Phone: 970.259-1672
FAX: 970.259.0947

432 N. Broadway
Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970.259.1672
FAX: 970.259.0947

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm


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 strength