The Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) was established by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to support the efforts of our citizens with disabilities to live independently in the community of their choice. SILC works to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence and productivity of individuals with disabilities, facilitating integration and full inclusion into the mainstream of American society.
SILC is composed of twenty-two members appointed by the governor. It is required that the majority of SILC members are individuals with disabilities and provide statewide representation.
The work of SILC includes:
The goal of SILC is to ensure Louisiana delivers independent living services that are community-based, consumer-controlled, and for all disabilities. The council advocates for these services to be in compliance with requirements of the Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act while acting in accordance with the Independent Living Philosophy.
The primary purpose of SILC is to monitor, review, evaluate and maintain a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). SPIL establishes goals and benchmarks for the independent living services provided to all individuals living with disabilities in our state. To help guide the plan, SILC solicits continual public feedback on the effectiveness of independent living services and the changing needs of the community. SILC collaborates with the Louisiana Rehabilitation Services and many other stakeholders to develop additional capacity to serve and advocate for individuals with disabilities. SILC empowers communities through advocacy, leadership, education, and collaboration. SILC strives to achieve positive and effective solutions by promoting the Independent Living Philosophy.
Jessica Lewis, Director