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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.

View SILC's “A Passion for Freedom: The Birth of Independent Living” Video

1/14/16

SILC Comments on WIOA Notice of Proposed Rule Making Regarding Independent Living

CalSILC supports an IL network providing services in California’s 58 counties. We appreciate the chance to submit remarks and comments on the Independent Living Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to enable and support Californians with disabilities to live independently with quality of life in the spirit of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Act), as amended by the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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9/30/15

ILCs Open Doors To Independence For Californians With Spinal Cord Injuries

With nearly 300,000 Americans living with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and the number of new SCIs estimated to reach 12,500 annually, the role of Independent Living Centers (ILCs) like Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL) is increasingly important. SCRS-IL is one of 28 ILCs in California opening doors to independence for individuals with SCIs by providing a range of programs and services, notably assistive technology services and education.

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8/25/15

Independent Living Centers and Students with Disabilities Team Up to Pave the Way to School Success

Amid the frenzy of school shopping and signing up for classes and activities, students with disabilities and their families are joining forces with California Independent Living Centers, such as Community Access Center (CAC) in Riverside, to ensure students receive everything they need for their academic success.

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7/22/15

California Independent Living Centers Salute the ADA’s 25th Anniversary

California’s Independent Living Centers (ILCs) have been gearing up for months to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA25). To mark the ground-breaking decision, the ILCs are hosting ADA25 events ranging from festivals to conferences and exhibits to educational forums and more.

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6/17/15

A2I Transitions 500 Individuals with Disabilities from Institutions to Independence

Transitioning approximately 500 people with disabilities from institutions to their own homes makes Access to Independence's (A2I) 10-year effort a powerful testament to independent living. 

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5/26/15

Independent Living Centers Advocate to Break Down Mobility Barriers for Californians with Disabilities

Transportation and mobility play key roles in the struggle for civil rights and equal opportunity in the disability community. As the nation prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Independent Living Centers (ILCs) continue to advocate for barrier-free access.

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4/13/15

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.

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3/23/15

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.

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Visit the California Recovery Portal

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