MAVI: Achieving Independent Living in Puerto Rico

The Movement for the Achievement of Independent Living (MAVI, acronym in Spanish) (in Spanish) is a pioneering, non-profit organization that promotes independent living of people with disabilities. MAVI helps people with disabilities develop the skills to take control in making decisions over their lives and promotes independence, equality, productivity, empowerment, integration, and inclusion in all aspects of society. MAVI was founded on June 28th, 1988, in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico when a group of community members with disabilities created the first independent living center (ILC) run by a Governing Board led by people with disabilities. MAVI is dedicated to offering independent living skills services (in Spanish) to people with disabilities over the age of 14 throughout Puerto Rico so that they may achieve full and fulfilling lives. Since its founding, MAVI has grown to include ILCs throughout the island which, in addition to IL services, provide adapted transportation services and sustained employment services to people with disabilities. MAVI’s sustained employment program, Aplus Fuerza Laboral (in Spanish), assists people with disabilities referred to the program by the Vocational Rehabilitation Administration in finding, locating, and retaining competitive employment. MAVI is one of the few institutions approved in Puerto Rico to act as an employment network (in Spanish), which is subsidized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and offers services to beneficiaries of Social Security Disability. MAVI’s Employment Solutions program (in Spanish) offers alternative training in personal growth skills, job skills, and job placement support, and is aimed at people with disabilities interested in integrating into the world of work. Sponsored by the SSA, MAVI’s WIPA Program (in Spanish) is specifically geared towards Social Security Disability beneficiaries by promoting their employment and economic self-sufficiency. Since 2010 and in collaboration with the NIDILRR-funded Northeast ADA Regional Center, MAVI provides Technical Assistance services (in Spanish) on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These services are extensive to all of Puerto Rico, including the islands of Vieques and Culebra.

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