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About Us

Southern Tier Independence Center (STIC) opened its doors in 1983.

Imagine a world that is accessible to everyone, where no barriers to independence exist; where everyone is allowed to be themselves, free to let their disabilities be just another part of who they are. Southern Tier Independence Center’s board of directors and employees believe that together we can shape this world. All of the programs and services through STIC share common themes: they all promote independence, inclusion, and community integration.

The Independent Living Philosophy

People with disabilities should be empowered to control the direction of their own lives. This means choosing their goals, plotting their course and taking responsibility for their actions and the results. People with disabilities have the right to make their own choices and decisions and the right to make mistakes and learn / benefit from those mistakes. Centers for Independent living (CILs) foster independence, help people with disabilities to develop networks / supports and promote self-reliance. CILs advocate for the inclusion and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life.