Tomorrow the Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is meeting to work on the Statewide Independent Living Plan, Colorado Issue Briefs and typical statewide business that effects people with disabilities in Colorado. The Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council is a body that is appointed by the Governor to orchestrate the vision of Independent Living services for all Coloradoans with disabilities. The meetings are open to the public.
The Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council collaborates to foster systems change by responding to issues from the disability community. The SILC promotes respect for independence and self-determination resulting in full inclusion of people with disabilities as equal citizens of Colorado.
Currently there are 10 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) around the state. The Center for People with Disabilities is one of about 400 Independent Living Centers nationally. The SILC website has a county by county breakdown of service areas on a Colorado map. Map of Colorado Independent Living Centers.
The SILC works with the Independent Living Centers and the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to develop and write a three year plan of goals for increasing access and independence for people with disabilities. This plan, called the SPIL, is submitted to the Rehabilitation Services Administration (federal government) and it details how funds will be distributed and services will be provided through Centers for Independent Living in Colorado.
The Colorado SILC has begun a series of “Issue Briefs” describing what it means to have a disability in Colorado. The Issue Briefs take advantage of current state survey information to show how disability impacts things like employment, health care and emergency planning in Colorado. SILC Issue Briefs.
SILC website: http://www.coloradosilc.org/
Colorado Independent - newsletter: http://www.coloradosilc.org/admin/cindex.htm
The current Colorado State Plan for Independent Living: http://www.coloradosilc.org/resources/orientation/spil08.pdf