Our vision is of a community of People with Disabilities and Able Bodied People, interacting as equals in the pursuit of their life’s vision and dreams.
This vision is the driving force in the pursuit of Our Mission.
The Independent Living Philosophy is the core of Freedom Valley’s mission:
- To empower People With Disabilities to pursue their dreams.
- To ensure People With Disabilities have equal rights to access for education, investment, transportation, employment and housing.
- To actively support programs and projects that serve and educate our consumers and the community at large.
About Our Organization
Freedom Valley Disability Enablement, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit (501) (c)(3), community-based organization. While Freedom Valley was not incorporated until September 2, 1992, the Center had served for six years prior to that as the suburban satellite for the CIL in Philadelphia. Then, as today, its objective is two-pronged: Freedom Valley assists individuals in achieving their goals, while working in the community to remove attitudinal and architectural barriers.
The Board of Directors of Freedom Valley Disability Enablement, Inc. is composed of consumers, representatives of other service agencies and the private sector. Fifty-one percent of the Board and staff must be people with disabilities. The Board establishes the policy direction of the Center and assumes fiscal responsibility. Additionally, its purpose is to ensure that the Center promotes the philosophy and goals of independent living. The Board of Freedom Valley made a commitment early on to be aggressive fundraisers.
The number of staff primarily depends on funding. Each staff person has his or her own responsibilities toward the provision of Independent Living and other services to those Freedom Valley serves. When funding constraints reduce staffing, responsibilities are distributed among remaining staffmembers who do excess work.
Throughout the years, Freedom Valley has held a contract with the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to serve as a Center for Independent Living for Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, and until 2006, for Bucks County.
Freedom Valley currently responds to about 1,000 Information Requests per year and carries a caseload of approximately 60 active consumers at any given time. In more affluent times, the CIL has easily provided responses to approximately 1,200 Information Requests and has served 100 or more consumers regularly.