The State Independent Living Council (SILC) partners with DARS in the development, approval, and implementation of the State Plan for Independent Living. The Texas SILC leads, promotes, and advances the independent living philosophy and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities. The Governor appoints council members, with the majority being people with disabilities.

The mission of the Texas State Independent Living Council is to promote the philosophy of independent living and to promote the expansion of quality consumer directed independent living service programs statewide.

The Texas State Independent Living Council (known as the Texas SILC) is:

  • federally mandated and independent of all state agencies
  • charged as an equal partner with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services in the development, approval and implementation of the State Plan for Independent Living The Texas SILC leads, promotes and advances independent living philosophy and advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

The Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) meets quarterly at various locations throughout the state, and members are expected to attend all Council meetings, and all meetings of those Committees to which they are assigned.

Contact the SILC for more information about detailed meeting locations and agendas.

About the State Independent Living Council (SILC)

  • Background- The Texas SILC was created 1992 when amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 required that for states to receive Independent Living Services funds, they shall develop a Statewide Independent Living Council.
     
  • Guiding Principles- From the perspective of the Texas State Independent Living Council, the term "independent living" means empowerment of persons with disabilities to make their own decisions and life choices to the greatest extent possible. It also means the ability to live in the least restrictive environment with the same rights and privileges as other people. That meaning is reflected in the definitions and provisions of the Rehabilitation Act. The following are regulations specific to the SILC:
    1. Title VII Section 705 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended
    2. Title 34 Part 364 of the Code of Federal Regulations
  • Operating Procedures- Although the council is mandated by Federal law and uses Federal funds, the SILC is not a governmental agency, but rather a non-profit 501(c) 3, tax exempt, organization. The primary funding for operation of the SILC originates with the Rehabilitation Services Administration, which grants Title VII, Part B funds to the state Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, (DARS), which, in turn, allocates a portion of these funds to the Council. The State Independent Living Council also pursues funding from other sources, both public and private, to accomplish its mission.
     
  • Roles and Responsibilities- The purpose of the Council is to develop, in cooperation with the DARS and the Network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs), the State Plan for Independent Living. This document is a detailed three-year plan that sets the parameters and establishes the goals for the provision of independent living services in Texas. The Council is also charged with the responsibility of monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the State Plan. Other roles of the SILC are systems advocacy, education of the public regarding disability-related topics, and provision of technical assistance concerning the independent living philosophy and approach.

Resources

Bylaws

SILC Greenlights for Nonprofit Success Reports:

Texas State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) 2014-2016

Texas State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) 2011-2013

Office of the Governor - State Independent Living Council Appointment Application

Title VII Section 705 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended

Title 34 Part 364 of the Code of Federal Regulations

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