Together we are creating change, breaking barriers and building opportunities for all. 

Becoming Independent (BI) is a nonprofit community benefit organization supporting the full spectrum of needs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the North Bay, including the need for education, housing, access to healthcare, food security, and mental and emotional health support. Since its inception in 1967, BI has been committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We believe that an environment that encapsulates these principles can only be shaped with the full and direct participation of individuals with disabilities.

We believe in

The Power of Human Connection

At our core, we are invested in the people we serve, our partners and how we can contribute to the betterment of our communities. 

Standing Up for the Rights of All People

We have a responsibility to be active citizens; to fight for change so every individual can lead an empowered life of dignity and fulfillment.

Inspiring Others Through Our Actions

We take advantage of every opportunity to invest in each other; so we can continue building stronger connections in our workplaces, at volunteer events, and in the broader North Bay community.

Becoming Independent complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • Becoming Independent operates its programs and services without regard to Race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with Becoming Independent.

  • For more information on Becoming Independent’s Civil Rights Program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact Becoming Independent 707-524-6600, or visit our administrative office at 1455 Corporate Center Parkway, Santa Rosa, CA  95407.
  • A complainant may file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration by filing a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20590.
  • If information is needed in another language, contact 707-524-6600.

Download Title VI Complaint Form and Instructions - English

Download Title VI Complaint Form and Instructions - Spanish