Human Service Cooperatives play a role that is similar to traditional agencies, with a major difference: governing authority and responsibility are placed entirely in the hands of member-owners – the individual people who are served and their personal representatives (typically close friends and family members).

This kind of empowerment gives people control of their lives, power over their choices, and control of their human services.

FAQs -- Microboards and Cooperatives:  Be in Charge of Your Own Life!

I always thought I’d live in a CILA group home and go to the local day training program.  How could my life be different if I was part of a Microboard or Cooperative?

  • First, you would be in control of deciding what you need to reach your goals and how you’ll get what you need to be successful.  Have you heard of self-determination?  That’s what you get with Microboards and Cooperatives.

  • Second, Microboards and Cooperatives are not places.  The goal is to help you have a good life in your community by living, working, and playing with everyone else – not in places only for people with disabilities.

  • Third, Microboards and Cooperatives can be there for you for the rest of your life.  As you become more independent as an adult, the Microboard or Cooperative will be there for you so that you don’t have to rely only on your parents or siblings.


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Cooperatives in Action

There are currently 7 Cooperatives operating in Illinois with more in development.

The mission of Community Choices is to partner with people with disabilities in Champaign County in their pursuit of independence, opportunity, and choice by offering quality, self-directed supports and services in order to assist in community living.

Great Destinies is a nonprofit member-owned organization helping individuals with disabilities lead lives of self-determination and self-empowerment by providing ongoing assistance with meaningful employment, appropriate housing, life-long education, and positive socialization in their communities.