Individuals with significant disabilities should have the same civil rights, choices, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do individuals without disabilities.

Our Purpose

The State Independent Living Council (SILC) will represent leadership and be the bona fide voice for Independent Living in the State of Indiana under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and will work jointly with state agencies and Centers for Independent Living to promote and maintain the Independent Living philosophy.

Our Mission

To develop a statewide plan for independent living and work for the implementation of the plan.

Our Members

You can download a roster of the current INSILC members here.

Our Duties

The council shall:

  • Jointly develop and sign (in conjunction with the majority of Center Directors) the State plan required in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act HR803 of 2015.

  • Monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the State Plan.

  • Coordinate activities with the state Rehabilitation Council established under section 105, if the state has such a Council, or the commission described in section 101(a)(21)(A), if the state has such a commission, and councils that address the needs of specific disability populations and issues under other Federal law;

  • Ensure that all regularly scheduled meetings of the statewide Independent Living Council are open to the public and sufficient advance notice is provided; and

  • Submit to the Commissioner such periodic reports as the Commissioner may reasonably request, and keep such records, and afford such access to such records, as the Commissioner finds necessary to verify such reports.

Attending a Meeting

Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings of the Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC). Most meetings are currently scheduled to take place at the Indiana Government Center South, located at 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm. Please check this webpage 48 hours prior to a meeting to confirm the location and date.

Meeting Livestream

If you wish to view the meetings of Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC), please log onto the following web address on the date and time of the meeting and sign in as a guest using your name: https://indiana.adobeconnect.com/insilc/

Audio will be voice over internet, so participants will need to use speakers or headphones to hear the meeting. Prior to the webinar, you can test your connection by logging in here. You will be prompted with any necessary updates or add-ons. Do not log into the webinar using Citrix or a Virtual Private Network (VPN). These services will not be able to playback audio.

Archived Live Meetings

To access and view archived INSILC (formerly ICOIL) meetings, please click on the following link: http://www.in.gov/fssa/ddrs/2770.htm

 

Membership

Members of the Council shall be appointed by the Governor. The Governor shall select members after soliciting recommendations from the council and representatives of organizations representing a broad range of individuals with disabilities and organizations interested in individuals with disabilities.

The INSILC members consist of individuals across the state, of the members, at least fifty-one (51%) are individuals with disabilities who are not employed by any state agency or Center for Independent Living. Other members may include parents and/or guardians of people with disabilities; advocates; people representing providers of services including Center for Independent Living (CILS); representatives from private businesses and community organizations; and representatives from state agencies.

The INSILC information sheet and initial application form are available from FSSA, all VR field offices, the FSSA website, the INSILC website and Centers for Independent Living (CILS). For more information, contact Amber O’Haver.

How to become a member

To become a member, please complete and submit the following forms:

Membership Invitation Letter

Membership Application Form

Financial Disclosure Form (State Required)

Background Information Form (State Required)