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:
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.
View SILC's “A Passion for Freedom: The Birth of Independent Living” Video
Funds Available for Two New ADRC SitesIn April 2015, the State Independent Living Council received approval of a No Cost Extension and Carryover which has funds earmarked for the development and implementation of two new ADRC programs. SILC seeks to fund two new sites, one per county, in two counties.
Partnerships and Positive Outcomes of Health Initiative Lead to Independent Living
People with disabilities and minorities often experience healthcare disparities such as lower rates of screening, difficulty accessing services and the lack of healthcare coverage. Eliminating these disadvantages and empowering consumers to take charge of their health are key priorities for California’s Independent Living Centers (ILCs). Therefore when the opportunity arose in 2013, the Center for Independent Living (CIL) in Berkeley partnered with LifeLong Medical Care and the Alameda Alliance for Health (AAH) on the “LifeLong Complex Care Initiative (LCCI)” to address high-risk health issues for adults with disabilities to help them live independently and stay out of emergency rooms.
ABLE Act Proposes a Better Economic Future for Californians with Disabilities
For the first time, many Californians with disabilities may be allowed to save more than $2,000 without losing their eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other public benefits. If legislated in California, the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, enacted in December 2014, will allow individuals whose disabilities occurred before age 26 to open one tax-exempt ABLE savings account to spend on qualified disability expenses. The ABLE Act supports the independence of people with disabilities in pursuing an education, buying a car or house, paying for assistive technology and personal support, setting aside funds for unexpected healthcare expenses and more.
Independent Living Centers Pave the Way for Older Individuals with Blindness to Live IndependentlyMore than ever, older Californians are facing the threat of blindness from age-related eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. According to the American Foundation for the Blind, close to 800,000 individuals in California have visual impairment, a majority of whom are 55 years of age and older. Recognizing the gravity of these statistics, the Independent Living Center of Kern County (ILCKC) took action in October 2014 and paved the way for these individuals to live and work independently by implementing an Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) program.
Independent Living Centers Advance Ed Roberts’ Legacy
The late activist and advocate Ed Roberts believed disability is a strength. He demonstrated that belief by becoming the first student with severe disabilities to attend the University of California, Berkeley and became known as the Father of the Independent Living Movement. His legacy lives on and is at the heart of the employees’ and volunteers’ work at the Independent Living Center of Southern California helping Californians with disabilities live and work independently.
Governor Brown Announces SILC Appointments
Art Guild and Independent Living Center Give Veterans with Disabilities Freedom to Express Artistic Talents
California has the highest number of veterans of any state in the nation with more than 2 million military veterans calling the Golden State home. Many of these veterans return home with "service-connected" disabilities, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In 2011, the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco (ILRCSF) seized the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of veterans by honoring the Veterans’ Art Guild's (Guild) request to meet weekly at ILRCSF, which offers veterans a supportive environment to share their stories through art.Read more
Governor Brown Announces SILC Appointments
Gonzales Joins California State Independent Living Council as Legislative Specialist
The California State Independent Living Council (SILC) is pleased to announce Desi Gonzales, J.D., has been hired as SILC’s Legislative Specialist. Gonzales will be responsible for implementing the State Plan for Independent Living, handling public affairs activities, analyzing legislation impacting people with disabilities, developing recommendations for SILC Council members to present to policymakers, building coalitions with other disability, senior and civil rights organizations and more.Read more
Connections are Key for Independent Living Centers to Increase Employment Options for Californians with Disabilities
For the first time since July 2008, the nation’s unemployment rate dropped below 6 percent. While this is welcome news for many jobseekers, Californians with disabilities continue to encounter barriers to employment. Topping the list are employer bias and unreliable or non-existent transportation.
California’s Independent Living Centers - Challenging the Misconceptions About the Deaf and Hard of Hearing SILC and Independent Living Centers Celebrate Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Month
We often take our hearing for granted, but extending that to audism, the belief that hearing affords one a superior position to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, furthers misconceptions about deafness. Independent Living Centers fight every day against these misconceptions while sending the message that hearing is the only difference between people who are deaf and those who aren’t.
Youth with Disabilities Sharpen Skills to Meet the School Year Head On
As high school and college campuses across the state gear up for the new school year, several Southern California students with disabilities are prepared and well equipped to tackle the challenges ahead.
Embracing Diversity in Celebration of the Americans With Disabilities Act
If you listen carefully, you’ll hear individuals, businesses and communities in Northern California joining together and embracing diversity as a tribute to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Disability Awareness Day. On July 19, hundreds of individuals and the Independent Living Centers (ILCs) in Northern California will participate in the 5th Annual West Coast Disability Pride Parade & Festival (Parade & Festival) in celebration of disabilities as an element of human diversity.
Over $200K Available to California IL Network
Eligible IL Network organizations can apply by July 18, 2014 to secure funding for projects that provide technical assistance, increase capacity, or provide peer mentorships.
Independent Living Centers Champion Olmstead Decision All Year Long
Fifteen years ago, the Supreme Court called upon the Americans with Disabilities Act as the basis for the Olmstead Decision, declaring that segregating people with disabilities in institutions is discrimination and against the law. Every day, Independent Living Centers, like Dayle McIntosh Center and the Central Coast Center for Independent Living, champion Olmstead by providing programs, services and resources designed to keep people with disabilities living independently rather than isolated in institutions.
Independent Living Centers Provide Proven Alternatives for Individuals with Mental Health Disabilities to Live Well and Independently
Too often individuals with mental health disabilities who are in crisis end up in mental health facilities, living on the streets or incarcerated in jails or prisons. In contrast, California's Independent Living Centers provide an alternative to hospitalization and incarceration through community-based programs and support services that promote independence and lead to a healthy lifestyle.
May 28, 2014 10 AM WebinarHearing collecting testimony regarding proposed Amendment to 2014-2016 SPIL
The SILC and DOR are proposing to split new, one-time federal funds 28 ways with one $3500 grant or so going to each state-recognized independent living corporation.
Jacqueline Jackson, of San Diego, appointed to the California State Rehabilitation CouncilSILC Council Members Fills Statutory Seat
Jackson has been an independent nonprofit management consultant since 1994. She was development director and consultant at the San Diego Center for the Blind from 2002 to 2004, director for charter school development at Norman and Norman Inc. from 1996 to 2005 and an education consultant for the Schools Future Research Foundation from 1994 to 1996.
Traveling Poses a Unique Set of Challenges for People with BlindnessSILC Council Members Highlight Transportation Obstacles for Individuals Living with Blindness
Getting from "here to there" can be challenging and require patience from most everyone. But for people with blindness or visual impairment, overcoming mobility challenges often takes more than just patience - it takes planning, flexibility and, at times, courage – particularly given the public's lack of awareness and compliance with safety and anti-discrimination laws.