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 early to mid-April. 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:
- email@example.com, 208-332-1710
- Jami Davis: Management Assistant & Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) Coordinator
- firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-332-1711
- Jeremy Maxand, Program Specialist, ABLE technical assistance and training, and emergency preparedness:
- email@example.com, 208-332-1713
- Megan Bates, Fiscal Specialist:
- firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-332-1712
- 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.
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 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 April 1, 2020, if not sooner.
The Idaho SILC’s mission is to promote the independent living philosophy for all Idahoans with disabilities: choice, self-determination, and access for all.