Robin Bennett Named Chair of Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council

LANSING, MICH.   November 28, 2016--Canton resident Robin Bennett has been named chairperson of the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) board.

Robin works as an instructor and blogger with 4th Wall Theatre Company, a theatre company for children and adults with special needs.  The Company specializes in creating communication and social skill building while discovering unique talents and inclusion in the arts. 

“My top priority (as chair) is transportation,” added Bennett.  “With the defeat of the Regional Transportation Authority proposal, we need to get back to the drawing board and come up with new solutions to present to Michigan’s voters.  For a disabled person, transportation is everything.”

She was appointed to the SILC board by Governor Snyder in 2012.

“I want to lead the 11-person SILC board to be transformative,” said Bennett. “We want to consider all engaging ideas for the state’s disabled population.”

Born and raised in Michigan, Robin was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a form of muscular dystrophy, at 12-years-old.  She has used a wheelchair since she was 14-years-old.  She received a Bachelor's of Science in Creative Writing and Theater from Eastern Michigan University in 2009.  


The purpose of the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is to promote a philosophy of independent living, defined as the right of all people to make informed choices, to have personal control over their own lives, and to participate to the fullest extent possible in the everyday activities of work, school, home, family, and community.  The Council works to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, and for independent living to become a reality for all people in Michigan.  For more information, visit