The Idaho SILC upholds the principles of the Independent Living movement: peer support, self-help, self-determination, equality and positive systemic change. Take a look at a few ways the SILC and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) support Idahoans with disabilities.
The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) was established in 1993 under the 1992 amendments of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Council members are appointed by the Governor. Members include regional representatives who have disabilities and representatives from the Centers for Independent Living, and from state agencies and nonprofits that provide services to Idahoans with disabilities.
The Council consists of 17 – 23 voting members and four ex-officio members. A majority of the members are people with disabilities who are not employed by a Centers for Independent Living or a state agency. The Council is controlled and directed by Idahoans with disabilities.
The Council meets quarterly with meeting dates prescheduled during our summer meeting. All meetings are open to the public and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are always provided. The Council values your input and welcomes your participation.
The Idaho SILC’s mission is to promote the independent living philosophy for all Idahoans with disabilities: choice, self-determination and access for all.