Together, with our partners, we are responsible for developing a statewide plan that outlines the goals and objectives to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Michigan.
The Michigan SILC works in partnership with Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), Bureau of Services to Blind Persons (BSBP), Disability Network/Michigan, Michigan's statewide network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and other partner organizations to prepare the State Plan for Independent Living.
To create inclusive communities throughout the state for everyone. The Michigan SILC:
- Promotes the independent living philosophy.
- Works to expand independent living services into unserved and underserved areas.
- Determines if available services meet the independent living needs of Michigan individuals with disabilities.
- Writes Michigan's comprehensive triennial State Plan for Independent Living that outlines steps to improve the lives of Michigan residents with disabilities
- Monitors the State Plan.
- Coordinates services to avoid duplication
TOP 5 PRIORITIES
- Create the State Plan for Independent Living
- Advocate for programs and services that promote capacity building for independent living
- Represent those living with disabilites in SILC planning
- Be good stewards of public funds
- Make Michigan the most inclusive state in the nation
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SILC?
The Council promotes 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. The Council promotes integration and full inclusion of people with disabilities into the mainstream of American society.
WHAT DOES THE SILC DO?
The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) has an important responsibility to develop the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The SPIL establishes a blueprint for present and future independent living programs and services in Michigan.
HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED IN SILC ACTIVITIES?
Input from people with disabilities is vital for the development of the SPIL. Public comment at SILC meetings and at public hearings helps shape the independent living service delivery system. The SILC welcomes consumers' comments, questions and concerns, as it consistently works to improve independent living services in Michigan. The SILC Council meets four times a year at an accessible location; each of these meetings are open to the public.