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Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC)

The DRAFT State Plan for Independent Living 2021-2023 is available for public comment until 5:00 p.m. June 16, 2020. Click here to read the plan and provide your input.

COVID-19 Resource Page!

Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) Update on COVID-19

The physical office of the Idaho SILC is closed. However, all SILC staff are working from home to stay healthy and continue our mission. Based on current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and other public health experts it is likely our physical office will remain closed until at least May 31. SILC staff are fully equipped for telework. Our daily operations will continue off site. We are actively engaged in COVID-19 mitigation efforts for people with disabilities and their families across Idaho.  

During our time away from our physical office:

  • Items mailed to SILC’s office will not be received right away. We have arranged to pick up mail weekly. Please be patient as mail will not processed right away.
  • We encourage you to use email as much as possible during this time. Our fax machine is not working. You may leave a message on our direct lines – please note, these phones are not answered, but are checked multiple times during the day.
  • SILC staff contact list:
    • Main Line: 208-334-3800 – checked at least twice daily
    • Mel Leviton, Executive Director:
    • Jami Davis: Management Assistant & Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) Coordinator
    • Jeremy Maxand, Program Specialist, ABLE technical assistance and training, and emergency preparedness:
    • Megan Bates, Fiscal Specialist:
  • We are closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19, continuing our work on all Idaho SILC projects, events, and systemic issues impacting Idahoans with disabilities and their families.
    • Idaho Youth Leadership Forum – We continue to monitor the situation

We will continue to keep you updated as information becomes available.

COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE: We have created a COVID-19 resource page to link you to information you may need during this time.  If you know of additional resources, please email the information and a link to Jeremy Maxand and Mel Leviton.

Our priority is to keep the public and our staff safe. We appreciate your cooperation as we all work to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

2020 Idaho Youth Leadership Forum Update

In an effort to keep our delegates, staff, and speakers safe, the 2020 Idaho Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) has been cancelled.  The Idaho YLF team spent a lot of time making this decision. The closure of Boise State University to groups during our scheduled event became the deciding factor. If you applied this year, we will use your application for next year’s Idaho YLF if we are able to host the camp. In the meantime, we are looking at other online activities that we may be able to do. These activities will not be like school. They will help you connect to other young people with disabilities. If you have any questions, please contact Jami Davis at jami.davis@silc.idaho.gov or 208-332-1711.

SILC

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.

Notice

The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) has moved to 120 South Cole Road, Boise, Idaho 83709. We are conveniently located near the corner of Cole Road and Franklin in the Franklin Business Park. Our new location has plenty of free parking.

Our phone number remains unchanged: 208-334-3800. Our fax line is not working, but should be operational by May 31, 2020, if not sooner.

Mission

The Idaho SILC’s mission is to promote the independent living philosophy for all Idahoans with disabilities: choice, self-determination, and access for all. 

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 info@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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