LANSING, MICH. November 28, 2016—Auburn resident Terri Robbins has been named Advocacy Coordinator of the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC).
Robbins is the current board chair for Michigan Disability Rights Coalition (MDRC).
“As the Advocacy Coordinator, my primary focus is on advancing systems advocacy goals, as stated in the current State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL),” said Robbins. “A lot of connecting is necessary to develop and implement effective strategies with individuals with disabilities across Michigan, the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC), Disability Network/Michigan, and other stakeholders.”
She has a long history working with and for people with disabilities. “In every role, I've supported person-centered approaches and advocated for independent living options,” said Robbins. “I have significant experience with training and love working with collaborative groups. I am a passionate advocate.”
Robbins also worked for a Center for Independent Living for 16 years and a large non-profit social service provider for over a decade prior to that.
The creation of a Common Disability Agenda can offer focus to some of the initiatives developing across the state. “Assuring individuals with disabilities are primary authors is my goal for 2017,” said Robbins. “I envision SILC as being a driving force in systems change and I am proud to support their efforts.”