Advocating on behalf of the consumer, the main goal of the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is to promote a strong independent living program that can benefit individuals with disabilities and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation's (DVR) mission. The SILC membership represents a broad-based constituency of individuals with disabilities, private agencies and public agencies, and private business. In order to create leadership, empowerment, independence, and equality for individuals with disabilities, the SILC is dedicated to the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream culture of everyday life. The SILC enhances independent living, consumer control, peer support, equality, individual and systems advocacy. The SILC works closely with DVR to develop the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). It also works in conjunction with the Association of Colorado Centers for Independent Living (ACCIL) to accomplish the goals that are recognized in the state plan and to provide technical support. There are currently ten Independent Living Centers that receive federal and other funding to provide a variety of independent living services.
The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) was initially established in accordance with Section 105 of the 1992 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act. As amended in the 1998 Amendments, the purpose of the SRC is to review analyze, and advise the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation regarding the performance of its responsibilities under the Rehabilitation Act. Members of the SRC are appointed by the Governor and represent diverse ethnic and geographical locations. The majority of SRC members must be individuals with disabilities, including family members, advocates, and others who represent a broad spectrum of interests, including business and industry. The SRC works in partnership with DVR to develop and review the Division's annual goals and priorities, evaluate the effectiveness of DVR's vocational rehabilitation program, and to conduct a yearly review and analysis of consumer satisfaction with DVR services. The present SRC has 15 appointed members and also includes non-appointed "associate" members who participate within the SRC structure.
SRC Meeting Agendas
SRC Meeting Minutes