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in Northwestern CT

We Break Barriers Every Day

Independence Northwest statement on recent protests:

We have watched the events of the past weeks with great sadness and anguish. These are unprecedented times. While the world is experiencing a global pandemic, it is also watching the senseless displays of racial violence and injustice. Our communities are grieving. People are angry, sad, frustrated and exhausted. Our country has a long and painful history of discrimination against people of color, and recent events, illustrate that there is a lot of work to be done in the fight against racism and oppression in this country.

Independence Northwest believes every person has the right to live their life to their fullest potential without the fear of violence. We strongly stand up against racism and discrimination of any kind. We are committed to inclusion, diversity, and equality for all. We must grapple with the poisonous legacy of racism that continues to cause the disempowerment and deaths of our families, friends and loved ones and we will continue to fight for social justice in our communities.

We encourage you to join us in taking action. We will continue to work with community partners and advocacy groups to impact local, state and national policies and priorities. Get involved in your community to stand against injustice. Volunteer with grassroots organizations that promote equality and respect diversity. Complete the 2020 Census and be counted so the funds for childcare, schools, healthcare and affordable housing can flow into the communities that need it most. Let your voice be heard and vote. National, state and local elections are equally important. Be an ally – stand up and speak out against injustice.

Racism and intolerance have no place in our society.

Independence Northwest is here for you during the COVID-19 pandemic!

While our physical office is currently closed to the public, we are still open for business. Our dedicated staff are working remotely to continue to provide critical services to people with disabilities in northwestern CT.

If you are not sure who you need to speak to, contact our main number 203-729-3299 and our receptionist will connect you. (203-490-2373 video phone). You can also connect with us through our online form at For more up-to-date information on IN, please visit our Facebook page at

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the CDC website at

Please stay safe and practice social distancing and proper hand-washing.


Independence Northwest is unlike any other service provider you may have tried before. Our organization is run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities. Most of the people on our staff, management and board have personally faced the same barriers you face everyday. We’ve learned how to surmount many of the obstacles that stood in the way of our leading more independent lives. We can show you how to do the same.

We know that people with disabilities, no matter how severe the disability, can lead productive, independent and happy lives. We know because we’ve done it ourselves. Whatever your age, whatever your disability, we can help you achieve what you once believed was only a dream. We will work with you every step of the way, lending a hand, providing support, as you make your way to a more independent life.


Eileen Healy

Executive Director,
Independence Northwest


Who We Are

Independence Northwest is your one-stop resource center for disability advocacy and support services in northwestern CT. No matter what your need — assistance with coming from a rehabilitation facility, finding a job, accessing programs designed to help you — IN is your partner. Most of us have disabilities, too, so we share your point of view and your challenges. More importantly, we have the contacts, infrastructure, lived experience and knowledge to help you enjoy the independent, fulfilling life we all deserve.

equality of services and employment

Friendly to all

Independence Northwest does not deny services or employment to persons on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or disability. We make every attempt to meet the unique equal access needs of individual consumers in all of the center’s program and services.

We Know What It's Like

We are committed to your success.

Hear from those we helped:

image of Ken DeJesus


Three years ago, Ken was a student at Naugatuck Valley Community College studying computer drafting. Ken reached out to Independence Northwest for help in applying for and getting jobs as he neared graduation. Not only did he get assistance with his job search, he learned that the Center needed an information technology specialist, and he got the job.

Ken started as a trainee and with the help of the Center, got his driver’s license, found a home and now lives on his own in the community.

Today, he maintains the Center’s computer server, hardware, software, network security and website. Ken is the Center’s go-to person for help with computers and technology.

Our Promise

We never say ‘we can’t help you’.

If we can’t do it ourselves, we will find someone who does.

Independence Northwest wants to be the last call.

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