State Independent Living Council (SILC)

The federal government requires through legislation that each state establish a State Independent Living Council (SILC) in order to receive federal funding.   The law requires that the members of the SILC meet the following requirements:

  • Members of the council must be appointed by the governor of the state.
  • Members must provide statewide representation, a broad range of individuals with disabilities from diverse backgrounds and/or family members of persons with disabilities, or service providers who are knowledgeable about centers for independent living and independent living services.
  • The majority of the SILC must be composed of individuals with disabilities and not employed by and state agency or center for independent living.  

SILC member duties include:

  • jointly, and in conjunction with ADRS, developing the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL)
  • monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the implementation of the SPIL
  • coordinating activities with the State Rehabilitation Council
  • ensuring all regularly scheduled meetings of the SILC are open to the public and sufficient notice is provided to the public.
  • submitting period reports to the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Service Administration

Members serve a maximum of two three-year terms.  

Once each year, the SILC recommends individuals to the governor’s office for consideration to appointment.  Each recommended appointee must submit additional information to the governor’s office.  

If you are interested in becoming a member of the SILC, please contact the State of Alabama Independent Living coordinator at 334-293-7500 or (toll free) 1-800-441-7607 or submit an e-mail through the website.

The SILC encourages you to join!

State Independent Living Council Public Hearing
The Alabama State Independent Living Council (SILC) is holding public forums throughout the state to gather public input regarding the independent living needs of people with disabilities of all ages.   People with disabilities, family members, advocates, services providers, and other interested members of the general public are invited to participate.  Information obtained from these forums will be considered in the development of the 3 year State plan for Independent Living (SPIL).  The SPIL must be submitted to the U.S. Administration on Community Living by June 30, 2016.  Comments will be limited to 5 minutes per speaker. 

Currently, public forums are set for the locations, dates, and times shown below.  Additional public forums to be announced.  Individuals unable to attend in person may call in to the forums at (888) 296-6500, guest code 857952.   

Date:                     Nov. 19, 2015
Location:               Montgomery Center for Independent Living
                             345 Molton St., Montgomery
Time:                    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.