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The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC)

The Idaho State Independent Living Council's (SILC) mission is to promote, advocate for and enhance the ability of all Idahoans with disabilities to live independently, direct their lives and participate fully in their community of choice.  We envision an Idaho where people across disabilities and lifespan live in their community of choice with the services and supports they need to reach their full potential.

The SILC, in collaboration with the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI), develop the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) at least every three years.  The SPIL is a three-year plan that sets goals and guides plans for the delivery of independent living services, and systemic advocacy in Idaho.  The SILC is responsible for monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the SPIL.  The SILC also conducts systems advocacy, public education about disability related topics and provides technical assistance related to community living.

CIL Core Services

Independent Living Services are designed to help people with disabilities reach their personal goals for independence and participation with their families and communities.  The five core services of the Independent Living program are:

Information and Referral

Independent Living Skills Training

Peer Counseling

Individual and Systems Advocacy

Life Transition Assistance (related to youth leaving high school or people moving out of nursing homes or staying in their own homes with the right supports).

Access:
2022 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The ADA says it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.  There are many other laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities so we can access our communities.

Access means:

You can go to the places you need and want to go.

You can do the things you need and want to do in your community.

You can get the services you need and want; and you are able to buy the things you need or want within reason.

By completing this survey, you'll help us better understand the needs of Idahoans with disabilities; that we may better advocate for improved access, supports and services across our state.  The survey is voluntary and anonymous.

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