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Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)

The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) for Indiana, also known as Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC), was established by federal and state law and is composed of people from various parts of the state. SILC members are people of different backgrounds with different experiences. It includes people with disabilities and was formed to promote independent living and the philosophy of independent living that affects people with disabilities in Indiana. Members of the council are appointed by the governor. The governor selects members after soliciting recommendations from the council and representatives of organizations representing a broad range of individuals with disabilities and organizations interested in individuals with disabilities. There is no limit on the number of SILC members on the council, but of the members, at least 51 percent are persons who are: (I) individuals with disabilities; and (II) are not employed by any state agency or Center for Independent Living (CIL). Other members may include parents and/or guardians of persons with disabilities, advocates, people representing providers of services including CILs, representatives from private businesses and community organizations and representatives from state agencies.

The council values the belief that individuals with disabilities should have the same civil rights, choices, options and control over choices in their lives as do individuals without disabilities. This is accomplished by the SILC through state planning to develop and expand independent living services and the independent living philosophy throughout the state.

Additional information regarding Indiana's SILC (INSILC) can be located at www.insilc.org.

 INSILC meeting dates and locations

Accessible Accommodations

The Indiana Government Center South is physically accessible. Sign Language interpreters, agendas in large print, Braille, and other types of reasonable accommodations are available upon request.

Requests for accommodations for meetings in the Indiana Government Center should be made by contacting Peri Rogowski, Director of Specialized Services and Program Supports, by emailing  Peri.Rogowski@fssa.IN.gov, at least 48 hours in advance. Every effort will be made to accommodate individual requests. For all other INSILC accommodation requests, please contact the INSILC Executive Director, Amber O'Haver, at 1-844-4INSILC ext. 700 or by email aohaver@INSILC.org. Accommodation requests can be made at any time, although making a request five to seven business days in advance helps to ensure availability of the accommodation.

Useful links

Recorded INSILC meetings