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Welcome to the California State Independent Living Council Website

The SILC is an 18-member council, appointed by the Governor, to represent persons with disabilities throughout the state and charged with:

  • Determining the allocation of federal funds for independent living;
  • Advising the Governor and Legislature about issues impacting persons with disabilities in California;
  • Creating projects and moving forward ideas that will enhance the ability of people with disabilities to live independently;
  • Assuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws governing independent living.

All council members serve three year terms as volunteers. In July 1996, Governor Pete Wilson signed an executive order which established the SILC as an independent state agency.

It's a "Family Affair" at Independent Living Centers for People with Disabilities and Their Families

Updated: 3/31/2014

Managing the daily challenges of life can be stressful and overwhelming. And for approximately 4.8 million people living with disabilities in California, many of those challenges impact the entire family as well. For example, if a family cannot find accessible, affordable housing, they may end up living in a shelter or on the streets. Helping families with a plan to achieve residential stability is just one of the services provided by Independent Living Centers in California.

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SILC Position Paper: The Employment Policy Crisis for People with Disabilities

Updated: 3/09/2014

Employment is crucial for individuals with disabilities to live meaningful, productive, and independent lives within their communities. Markedly improving employment outcomes of people with disabilities requires collaborative leadership, marketing strategies that increase awareness, strong support for workplace diversity, and proactive solutions to regulatory barriers while creating a sustained focus on accountability.

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Independent Living Centers Help Obliterate Obstacles to Aging with Disabilities in Rural Communities

Updated: 2/20/2014

As California baby boomers enter their senior years, many will face the unique challenges of living independently in rural areas.

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Independent Living Centers Keep Ed Roberts’ Vision Alive

SILC and Independent Living Centers Pay Tribute to Ed Roberts Day

Updated: 1/22/2014

In the mid-seventies, Ed Roberts, Father of the Independent Living Movement, was hired as a state director and asked if he was planning to become a bureaucrat. Roberts replied, "No, I think I’ll be an 'advocrat'" and furthered his journey as a change agent for people living with disabilities.

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Grants Awarded for SPIL Projects

Updated: 1/22/2014

More than $25,000 in Title VIIB funds were awarded to Independent Living Centers in California to support efforts to achieve greater long term stability through technical assistance and peer mentoring (Technical Assistance), and to build internal capacity to provide services by undertaking revenue generating ventures (Capacity Building).

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Independent Living Centers - Matchmakers Making a Big Difference

Updated: 12/17/2013

To live a more independent life and remain in their homes, many individuals with disabilities require assistance to tackle daily activities such as bathing, dressing, transportation to medical appointments, preparing meals, etc. According to the Personal Assistance Services Center website, the estimated number of California adults age 18 years and older who will need help with daily living activities is projected to grow as high as 980,000 by 2015.

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Independent Living Centers View Partnerships as Key to Ensuring "No Wrong Door" for California Veterans Seeking Services

Updated: 11/13/2013

California's veterans deserve timely access to services since they served us when we needed them most. Gateways to veterans services rely on extensive collaboration among a wide array of providers.

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Independent Living Centers "Equal to the Task" of Increasing Employment Opportunities for Californians with Disabilities

Updated: 10/7/2013

California currently ranks last in the nation for employing people with disabilities. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with the theme "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task." The purpose of NDEAM is to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities, including veterans transitioning to civilian life.

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SILC Position Paper: Coordination of Health Care and Home and Community-Based Services

Updated: 10/3/2013

People with disabilities and seniors have a fundamental right to quality health care and Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). We embrace positive principles of care coordination and person-centered care and urge attention to quality and access.

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SILC Position Paper: Affordable, Accessible, Integrated Housing

Updated: 10/3/2013

There is a crisis of unmet housing needs for people of all ages with disabilities. California must increase affordable, accessible, and integrated housing for people with disabilities who have the right to live at home, not in institutions..

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Independent Living Centers Play a Vital Role in Helping Students Transition Out of High School

Updated: 9/10/2013

Leaving high school may translate into enrolling in college or considering employment options or exploring new cities and cultures. To make informed decisions, students first must understand their options and, second, possess the ability to weigh and exercise those options for successful outcomes. For students with disabilities, these options aren't always clear, which is where California's Independent Living Centers (ILCs) play a vital role.

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Minor Home Modification Program Makes Major Impact

Independent Living Centers Continue Breaking Down Barriers to Affordable, Accessible Housing Services

Updated: 8/8/2013

Increasing housing affordability and accessibility for people with disabilities is a significant factor to living independently.

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Disability Organizing Network and Independent Living Centers Focus on Building Accessible Communities

Updated: 7/16/2013

As the disability community prepares to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2013, efforts to make the law a reality are still being forged throughout California with support from the State Independent Living Council.

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Seven ILCs Receive Title VII B Funds to Work On Employment Benefits Counseling, Housing, and Leadership

Updated: 7/02/2013

Department of Rehabilitation awarded grants totaling over $135,000 to community based non-profits.

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Governor Brown Appoints new Rehabilitation Ex-Officio

Updated: 6/21/2013

Continuing his support for the California Independent Living Network, California timely replaced the Ex-Officio on the SILC representing the California State Department of Rehabilitation. There is no salary for this appointment to the council and it does not require State Senate confirmation. Megan Juring, 50, of Carmichael, has been appointed to the California State Independent Living Council.

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SILC Chair Honored by San Diego I.L. Community

Updated: June, 2013

Access to Independence is holding its annual fundraiser Thursday, June 13. At that event (6 PM – 9 PM). SILC Chair Susan Madison will be honored with the "Lead On" award in recognition of her many years of service to people with disabilities.

Congratulations Susan!

Independent Living Centers: Furthering Olmstead Decision as Cost-Effective Coordinators of Care

Updated: 6/13/2013

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California and a spotlight on managed care, Independent Living Centers (ILCs) have an opportunity to further the Olmstead Decision by providing cost-effective, coordinated care for dual eligible beneficiaries or individuals who qualify for health care services through both Medicare and Medi-Cal programs.

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Small Miracles Have Big Impact for Individuals Living with Mental Health Disabilities

Independent Living Centers Offer Individuals a Safe Environment with Solutions

Updated: 5/22/2013

Just as physical disabilities can be an obstacle to living independently, so can mental health disabilities. With approximately 25 percent, or one in four adults, living with mental illness, the need for services that provide solutions and assist individuals to live independently is great.

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Grant Applications for Remaining 2011 - 2013 SPIL Projects Announced

Updated: 5/21/2013

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and the State Independent Living Council (SILC) announce the availability of federal funds under Title VII B of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, for award to eligible Independent Living Centers in California for a three month period, effective June 30 through September 30, 2013 to conduct accelerated projects of three distinct types:

  1. Benefits Planning Leading to Employment (Up to 8 awards of up to $15,000 for a maximum of $120,000)
  2. California Project Rental Assistance Collaboration (A maximum of $50,000 in awards to a maximum of 5 subgrantees)
  3. Leadership Development (1 award of up to $40,000)

Download Grant Applications for Remaining 2011 - 2013 SPIL Projects Announced in Microsoft Word (116 kilobytes) or Rich Text (280 kilobytes) Format

Advocating for Transportation System Change

Updated: 4/15/2013

Elevators on subways stop working, bus stops aren’t announced and pathways or sidewalks are inaccessible. Every day, these types of problems create major issues for people living with disabilities when simply trying to get from one place to another.

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Un Seminario Importante

Updated: 3/31/2013

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Webinar for Opinions on Draft State Plan for Independent Living

Draft Goals, Objectives, Indicators

Updated: 3/18/2013

March 27, 2013 from 2 PM to 3:30 PM the SILC offers a webinar using Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) allowing stakeholders from all across California to contribute.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Signs are Often misinterpreted or Ignored

Updated: 3/18/2013

Given an estimated 225,000 Californians living with traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s hard to understand how the signs of TBIs can be missed, misinterpreted or simply ignored. And yet, they are.

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Draft State Plan for Independent Living

Many ways to give feedback

Updated: 2/25/2013

This plan describes how federal money allocated for Independent Living programs will be spent. There are many ways to give feedback that could change the final plan.

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Aging and Learning to Live with Loss of Vision

State Independent Living Council Stresses You Are Not Alone

Updated: 2/21/2013

While navigating the environment as one ages can be challenging, navigating it while losing one’s sight can be exponentially difficult.

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Ed Roberts' Legacy Lives on in Youths Living with Disabilities

Updated: 1/22/2013

Youth with disabilities have proven to be a significant voice in addressing one of the biggest barriers facing people living with disabilities, that is, lack of awareness. Their ongoing commitment and leadership is a testament to Ed Roberts Day on January 23.

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The California State Independent Living Council Announces Hiring of Kathleen Derby as Legislative Analyst

Updated: 12/14/2012

The California State Independent Living Council (SILC) is pleased to announce Ms. Kathleen Derby has been hired as SILC's Legislative Analyst..

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California’s Seniors Place Increased Demand on Personal Assistant Services

SILC and Independent Living Centers Offer Solutions to Older Adults Needing Assistance

Updated: 12/13/2012

California’s 65 years and older population has increased to approximately 11.4 percent, and with that increase comes greater demand for personal care services.

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Independent Living Centers Work to Ensure Veterans Never Hear "That's Not Our Service"

Updated: 11/19/2012

California's 28 Independent Living Centers (ILCs) serve as disability experts to veterans and their families while working hard to ensure they never hear "that's not our service."

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SILC position paper on Independent Living Services to Native Americans

Updated: 7/16/2009

Independent Living Services to Native Americans in Microsoft Word format (80 kb) or Rich Text Format (57 kb).

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