RAMP is a non-profit, non-residential Center for Independent Living (CIL) that emulates the Independent Living Philosophy with a mission to build an inclusive community that encourages individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential. RAMP services enrich individuals' lives. Oftentimes we meet with individuals who have experienced a traumatic or life-changing event (i.e. child recently diagnosed with a disability, accident resulting in permanent disability, etc.). These life-changing events can leave an individual feeling, as well as their family, and not knowing where to turn or what to do. It is this grassroots effort and philosophy to meet someone, where they are at that, drives this organization.
Over 51% of RAMP staff and board of directors are individuals with disabilities and this peer-to-peer support from RAMP staff is a key factor in the successful outcomes RAMP produces. RAMP is the only Center for Independent Living that serves Boone, DeKalb, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties as well as the only agency providing advocacy AND independent living services for persons with disabilities which supports them in remaining independent in their own homes in the community. Most agencies focus on one disability (such as developmental disabilities or mental illness) and specific services (such as a sheltered workshop or counseling). These services and agencies are very much needed, however; RAMP is different. We provide services to anyone with a disability, regardless of their disability, age, or economic status. We wrap our services around each person's needs versus trying to make them fit specific program guidelines and parameters. We run the gamut from finding one person accessible housing while another learns how to manage their own money, someone else wants to pursue a career and another needs advocacy with being treated equitably.