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Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC)

Every three years, the Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) works with the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI), to develop the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).  The SPIL is a three-year plan that sets goals and guides plans for the delivery of independent living services, systemic advocacy, and public outreach and education. 

Before we can develop a Plan, we need to learn more about what is important to Idahoans with disabilities and their families.  In the coming months, we’ll be holding town meetings across our state to hear from Idahoans with disabilities.  We’re also asking people to take 10 – 20 minutes to complete our survey so we can learn more about your needs and what matters to you.  Your responses are confidential unless you choose to share your name. 

The survey is available in English and Spanish.  Surveys in English and Spanish are also available in hard copy, large print and Braille.  Please contact our office at 208-334-3800 if you need help or to request a survey be mailed to you. To print out and mail back a survey, the pdf is available in English and Spanish.

PLEASE NOTE: The survey asks if you are a person with a disability, a family member, a service provider agency or a direct care/community support worker.  Many people fall into several of these categories.  The electronic survey questions are different depending on how you identify yourself in questions 1 and 2.  You may take the survey multiple times if you choose, or just once.  If there is something you want us to know, please add it in the comments section.

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.

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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