Connect with the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council

Our state has many opportunities for people with disabilities to connect.  Perhaps you enjoy exploring the outdoors at one of our accessible parks.  Or take part in adaptive sports – skiing, basketball, and tennis, among others.  Also, there are no shortage for worthy causes to volunteer, and employment options to pursue.

Some residents want to help plan and put in place best practices for independent living.  There are some individuals with disabilities uncomfortable addressing issues, and that's okay.  We are fortunate to have strong advocates throughout Michigan to vocalize for the unheard.

One way that Michigan residents with disabilities use their voice is through the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council (MISILC).  Our staff, and board, provide the voice of residents with disabilities on independent living.

In the coming months we are going to introduce you to the faces behind MISILC’s board.  We have a wonderful board representing individuals with disabilities, advocates, and organizations providing services for people with disabilities.  These individuals are committed to inclusion of people with disabilities in Michigan.  These are the voices coming to the table four times a year to bring definition to our state plan and activities.     

Let’s start with background information about the MISILC and its board.

  • We are a 15 Governor-elected board with representatives from Michigan’s disabilities community.

  • By law each state must establish a SILC to be eligible for federal funding.

  • The council is an independent agency created by the Governor’s Executive Order and established in 1992.   

Here is our purpose.

  • To promote a philosophy of independent living.  This includes consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of people with disabilities.  

We promote integration and full inclusion of people with disabilities into the mainstream of American society.

We are responsible for developing collaborative partnerships for the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).  The SPIL serves as the roadmap to improve independent living for Michigan’s citizens with disabilities.  It is developed in coordination with Michigan’s Centers for Independent Living, along with input from a variety of organizations and people with disabilities.  You can get the most current plan at

We hope you visit our blog regularly to see the faces behind the scenes.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.