Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois

The Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois (SILC), is a not-for-profit statewide planning organization.  The Federal Rehabilitation Act requires each state to create an autonomous Statewide Independent Living Council to develop a State Plan for Independent Living. SILC develops the State Plan jointly with the Illinois Centers for Independent Living.  SILC is not a service provider, nor does it fund or monitor services.  SILC is a planning body.

The State Plan develops a strategy to ensure these activities occur statewide:
  • Independent living services
  • Development and support of Centers for Independent Living
  • Promotion of relationships between service programs for individuals with disabilities
This survey will help SILC gather information from individuals with disabilities, advocates, service providers and concerned citizens about barriers facing people with disabilities in their communities.

Housing: Background

Individuals with disabilities face significant challenges to find suitable, affordable and accessible housing. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that more than 40% of homeless individuals in shelters have a disability. The American Housing Survey report finds that renter households that include people with disabilities are more likely to have very low income, experience “worst case needs” and pay more than one-half of their income for rent. “Worst case needs households” are defined as very low-income renters who do not receive government housing assistance and who either pay more than one-half of their income for rent or live in severely inadequate conditions, or both.

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* 1. What are the major barriers to adequate housing for individuals with disabilities?

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* 2. What are potential strategies to address each barrier?

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* 3. What are the strategies (from most needed/effective to least needed/effective) that you believe should be addressed first?

Employment: Background

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in June 2017, people with disabilities have an unemployment rate of 79.4% verses people without disabilities having an unemployment rate of 31.4% In addition, individuals with slight disabilities are ten times more likely to be employed than are individuals with very severe disabilities (47% vs. 4%).

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* 4. What are the major barriers to the employment of individuals with disabilities?

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* 5. What are the potential strategies to address each barrier?

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* 6. What are the strategies (from most needed/effective to least needed/effective) that you believe should be addressed first?

Transportation: Background

Personal mobility is essential to the success of America’s residents, communities, and economy. Transportation enables mobility by connecting individuals to jobs, healthcare and services, and opens the door to opportunity, yet, according to a Department of Transportation 2017 report, nationally, almost 15 million people in this country have difficulties getting the transportation they need. Of these, about 6 million (40 %) are individuals with disabilities. More than 3.5 million individuals in this country never leave their homes. Of these, 1.9 million (54 %) are individuals with disabilities. About 560,000 disabled individuals indicate they never leave home because of transportation difficulties.

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* 7. What are the major transportation barriers for individuals with disabilities?

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* 8. What are potential strategies to address each barrier?

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* 9. What are the strategies (from most needed/effective to least needed/effective) that you believe should be addressed first?

Additional Areas of Concern

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* 10. What other barriers for individuals with disabilities would you like to see addressed?

Your Information

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* 11. Person completing this survey:

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