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Idaho State Independent Living Council (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.


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


Public Comment Period Is Now Closed – May 31, 2019

Notice of intent to submit Idaho State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) amendments and solicitation of public input

Posted on May 1, 2019

Explanation of SPIL changes

The Administration for Community Living (ACL)/Independent Living Administration  (ILA) is revising the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) instrument and instructions. The new instrument or tool will not be available until late fall of 2019.  Sec. 704(a) of The Rehabilitation Act, as amended, requires states review and revise SPILs not less than once every three years (Rehab Act Sec. 704 (a)).  The SILC had two options to proceed to extend the current SPIL one year: make only technical amendments to the current SPIL, extending it for one year; or make substantial and material changes, extending the current, FFY2017-2019 SPIL for one year with significant changes.

To learn more, please review the letter we received from ACL/ILA in October 2018: network FY2020 SPIL Guidance:

Because the Idaho State Independent Living Council had already completed our statewide assessment process, the Council chose to make substantial and material changes and use the one-year SPIL as a bridge to the new 2021-2024 SPIL when the tool for writing it becomes available later this year.  The 2021 – 2024 SPIL will be based on the proposed 2020 SPIL, the statewide assessment completed in 2018; and the most current demographic, geographic and funding allocation information available next year.

Once approved, the 2020 Idaho State Plan for Independent Living will go into effect on October 1, 2019.  The public comment period will last for 30 days: opening on May 1 and closing May 31.

You may review the proposed FFY2020 SPIL here:


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