About the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois
The Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois (SILC), formed in 1993, is a not-for-profit statewide planning organization. The Council is made up of 18 voting members who are appointed by the Governor and the majority of the voting members must consist of individuals with disabilities who are not employed by a Center for Independent Living (CIL) or a state agency.
Welcome Sarah Durbin - Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois is pleased to announce the selection of Sarah Durbin as its next Executive Director. Sarah will begin her employment on June 16, 2014.
Sarah is currently the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for Paraquad – the Center for Independent Living in St. Louis, Missouri. For over 20 years, Sarah has been a part of the independent living movement including Program Manager of Community Supports at Access Living in Chicago and over 10 years as Executive Director of the Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living in Rock Falls. Sarah also was the Assistant Director for Administration at the Great Lakes ADA Center and had 10 years of increasing responsibility with the Girl Scouts of America.
William Gorman, the current Executive Director will complete his employment on June 26th.
The SILC Mission
Our Mission - To provide leadership, research, planning and education required to support independent living services in Illinois. We achieve our mission by: Identifying and reaching out to persons currently un-served and underserved by Centers for Independent Living; Increasing awareness of independent living services and the independent living philosophy; Helping existing CILs to better serve persons with disabilities; and Promoting the development of new CILs.
Our Vision - We see an Illinois where persons with disabilities are independent, in control of their lives and free from barriers to full participation in society.
SILC Activities include - Sponsoring public hearings, public meetings, policy summits and other educational and outreach efforts; providing information to public officials, state agencies and local organizations and individuals; and conducting studies, training and research.
SILC Members - SILC members are volunteers appointed by the Governor. A majority of voting members must be persons with disabilities who do not work for state agencies or Centers for Independent Living. Members are from all regions of the state, represent a broad range of disabilities, and are knowledgeable about Centers for Independent Living and independent living services. Voting members include persons with disabilities, parents, advocates, and representatives from private business, organizations serving persons with disabilities, and CILs. Non-voting members represent state agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities.
We promise to persons with disabilities that we will provide leadership in the planning activities and advocacy vital to improving their ability to live independently and participate fully in society.
We promise to Centers for Independent Living that we will provide the training, research and comprehensive planning documents necessary to support the continued development of independent living services and Centers for Independent Living throughout Illinois.
We promise to decision-makers that we will provide authoritative, reliable information necessary to evaluate policy options and to guide the allocation of resources required to allow persons with disabilities to live independently.
We promise to the general public that we will pursue our mission in an open, honest and responsible manner, and that we will provide the public education necessary to ensure adequate independent living services for citizens with disabilities in Illinois.
The Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, disability or religion in its programs and activities.
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