Center for Independence - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Center for Independence
740 Gunnison Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 241-0315 (Local)
(970) 245-3341 (Fax)
(800) 613-2271 (Toll-Free)
(970) 241-8130 (TDD/TTY)

Brief Description

The four core services provided by Center for Independence include personal and systems advocacy, information and referral, peer counseling and support, and independent living skills training. The basis of Center for Independence is peer relationships-people with disabilities assisting others with disabilities as role models, mentors, and advocates. Center for Independence is governed by people with disabilities and upholds the independent living philosophy that consumers have the right to self-determination, the right to live their lives independently and with dignity, to their fullest potential.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Thurs. 7:00 AM-5:00 PM; Fri. 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Clients served on average per year: 1100
Number of staff: 18
Staff description: 68% of staff have disabilities. Executive Director, Administrative Assistant, Financial Director, Records Manager, Independent Living Specialists.
Geographic area served: 13 counties within 40,000 square miles on the Western Slope of Colorado.


Cathy Johnstone, Contact,
Diana Martinez, Outreach Independent Living Specialist/Coordinator of Visually Impaired or Legally Blind Program, (970) 241-0315 121,
Linda Taylor, Executive Director

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Does needs assessment, home demonstration of devices (magnifiers, sunglasses, CCTVs) and marking of home appliances, advocacy for available resources, braille instruction and materials.
  • Counseling
    • Provides peer counseling and support services.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Provides training in independent living skills, sighted guide and mobility training.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides training in vocational skills (computers, keyboarding, resume writing, and job preparation). Assists job seekers with disabilities in using available systems that provide services and supports needed to obtain and maintain employment.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information and referral services within service region.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision evaluation and follow-up.
  • Recreation Services
    • Organizes activities such as exercising, touring, swimming, hiking, canoeing, hay rides, bowling and various crafts.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.
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