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More about the SILC

What is the SILC?

SILC is the acronym for State Independent Living Council. In Oregon, the SILC is established as an independent government entity, by Executive Order of the Governor. Oregon's SILC is a 21 member, Governor-appointed council. The general structure and regulations for SILCs are established in Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act.

The majority of Council members must be people with disabilities. The Council includes current or past consumers of Independent Living (IL) services, representatives of Centers for Independent Living (CILs), private business representatives, other persons with disabilities, parents, guardians and advocates of and for individuals with disabilities. Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB) and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS), have federally mandated exofficio, nonvoting positions on the SILC.

What is the mission of the SILC?

The mission of the SILC is to promote choice, equal access, and full inclusion of people with disabilities, throughout the state of Oregon.

The SILC works toward this mission by:

  1. Identifying needs for Independent Living services.
  2. Co-developing a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) jointly, with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS) and the Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB), which identifies steps to:
    1. Maximize the cooperation, coordination and working relationships among public and private entities in achieving independent living goals for people with disabilities;
    2. Address outreach to populations that are unserved or under served by the Rehabilitation Act's Independent Living Program; and
    3. Ensure the existence of appropriate planning, financial support, coordination, and other assistance to address needs on a statewide and comprehensive basis.
  3. Evaluating the effectiveness of IL service provision, as described in the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).
  4. Coordinating activities with the State Rehabilitation Council and councils that address the needs of specific disability populations and issues under other Federal law.
  5. Conducting meetings that are open to the public, in order to gain input from people with disabilities, their family members, friends and advocates.
  6. Participating in the submission of an annual report to the Rehabilitation Services Administration regarding achievements in Oregon's Independent Living Program.
  7. Playing a central role in pulling together Independent Living partners, assessing the IL needs of the state, promoting the expansion of programs to fill the service gaps and facilitate the development of the Network of Centers for Independent Living.
  8. Advising on Independent Living issues, including policy development and review.

Read the SILC's bylaws (PDF or Text Version
Who are the SILC members? (PDF or Text Version

What committees does the SILC have?

  • Executive Committee
  • Membership Engagement Work Group
  • State Plan Evaluation Work Group
  • Needs and Assessment Work Group
  • Planning and Development Work Group
  • Objective Measurement Work Group
View the SILC's values statement (PDF or WORD)