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Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC)

Idaho State Independent Living Council is collecting public comments

The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) is accepting public comment from February 19 through March 20, 2021, on proposed bylaw amendments.

Please send comments to janey.bruesch@silc.idaho.gov by 5:00 p.m. March 20, 2021.

The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) actively engages in activities that help provide Idahoans with disabilities a greater voice in obtaining services that are consumer responsive, cost effective and community based.  We are solutions oriented: collaborating with people with disabilities, public agencies, and private, non-profit and for-profit organizations to improve the quality of life and increase independence for Idahoan’s with disabilities.

The SILC upholds the principles of the Independent Living movement: consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equity, equal access and positive systemic change through individual and systemic advocacy, maximizing opportunities available to all Idahoans. We are the only statewide organization governed by a majority of people with disabilities that serves Idahoans across disabilities and lifespan. 

The SILC works closely with the Centers for Independent Living and other partners in the development and support of the State Plan for Independent Living. 

Vision

Idahoans across disabilities and lifespan live in their community of choice with the services and supports they need to reach their full potential. 

Mission

The mission of the Idaho State Independent Living Council is to promote, advocate for and enhance the ability of all Idahoans with disabilities to live independently, direct their lives and participate fully in their community of choice.

IDAHO SILC OPERATIONS COVID-19 UPDATE – December 17, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus health emergency, our physical office is currently closed. Idaho SILC staff continue to work off-site Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., except holidays. Due to our small size, it may occasionally take several days for us to return your call or respond to an email.  Items mailed to SILC’s office may not be received or processed immediately. Please consider using email correspondence as much as possible.

  • Our main line – 208-334-3800 – is checked several times a day, please leave a message and we’ll return your call as soon as possible.
  • Should you require an in-person meeting due to disability, please call to schedule an appointment. Plan to follow strict social distancing recommendations and wear a mask, unless it interferes with communication, or other disability or health related concerns. We will provide you with a mask if you do not have one.
  • For direct help during business hours, our staff can be reached at the following cell numbers: 
    • Janey Bruesch, Administrative Assistant 208-781-8611
    • Megan Bates, Financial Specialist 208-781-8612
    • Jami Davis, Program Specialist 208-781-8613
    • Mel Leviton, Executive Director 208-781-8610

We will continue monitoring the Coronavirus Health Emergency while working on statewide projects and adhering to our statutory responsibilities, including addressing systemic issues that impact Idahoans with disabilities and their families.

We have created a COVID-19 resource page  to link you to information you may need during this time.  

We are committed to making our website as accessible as possible to all users, without regard to disabilities, and to comply with all relevant laws and regulations. If you need assistance in accessing a page, please email us at janey.bruesch@silc.idaho.gov or call (208) 334-3800. We will assist you by providing the information in an alternate format suitable to your needs. Please be sure to have the web address of the inaccessible page (or other identifying information).

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