Mission


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 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.


Ed Roberts – the founder of the Independent Living Movement

 

Office Locations

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

Cortez
925 S. Broadway # 160
Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: 970.259.1672
FAX: 970.259.0947

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm


Vision

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


Core Services

As an Independent Living Center, we provide five core services:

Information and Referral
Peer Counseling (including cross-disability peer counseling)
Independent Living skills training
Individual and Systems advocacy
Transition Services for Youth and Nursing Home Patients

SWCI provides additional services based on the needs of our community:

Employment
Transportation Services
Low Vision Services