PIRS was founded by and for people with disabilities in the fall of 1993 to become an Independent Living Center (ILC) ILC’s are non-residential nonprofit service organizations regulated by Federal and State laws. The Independent Living philosophy believes that people with disabilities need to be in control of their own destinies.
PIRS became a tax-exempt California Public Benefit Nonprofit Corporation in March 1994, and received a grant from the State Dept. of Rehabilitation to establish its Main Office in Auburn, CA. as an Independent Living Center.
PIRS mission is to advocate, empower, educate the community, and provide services for people with disabilities enabling them to control their alternatives for independent Living.
PIRS provides advocacy and services for people with disabilities in Placer, El Dorado and Alpine Counties of California.
PIRS provides core services as mandated by the Federal Rehabilitation Act and the California Welfare and Institutions Code including:
- Information & Referral
- Peer Support
- Personal Assistants Registry and Referral
- Independent Living Skills Training
- Self Advocacy Training
- Systems Change Advocacy
- Housing & Transportation Resource Information
- Assistive Technology Resource Coordination
- Minor Home Modifications for safety and accessibility
- Community Education and Technical Assistance about Disability Rights and Accessibility
- Transition and Diversion – to obtain or maintain community-based living
PIRS is a Core Partner with Agency on Aging/Area 4 in the Placer County Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) to facilitate access to Long Term Services and Supports.
PIRS is a partner of the Pacific ADA Center, which serves Federal Region 9, to provide education and technical assistance about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability Rights laws and regulations.