WASHINGTON

State Independent Living Council

 

 

 

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The Center for Independence (CFI) and The Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC) are holding statewide public forums to collaborate and create a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). Our forums are for community partners, and other interested parties, who wish to comment and provide their experiences on individuals with disabilities in Washington State.

The SPIL is a strategic plan that includes Independent Living (IL) goals and objectives, and the continuous development of the IL Network through the Independent Living Philosophy.

Forums are being planned and held throughout the State. Forum locations to date include:

October 24, 2018, 2:00-4:00pm, Vancouver Housing Authority, 2500 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
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November 5, 2018, 1:00-3:00pm, Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St, Marysville, WA 98270
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November 14, 2018, 3:00-5:00pm, University Place Library, 3609 Market Place W, Ste 100, University Place, WA 98466 
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November 15, 2018, 3:00-6:00pm, Wapato Community Center 1109 S Camas Ave, Wapato, WA  98951
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November 26, 2018, 1:30-3:30pm, Seattle Public Library - Central Branch, Howard Wright Room, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 
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December 18, 2018, 1:00-3:00pm, Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired 628 N Arthur Street Kennewick, WA 99336
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If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can still give your feedback by filling out the survey links below. The deadline is December 14, 2018.

1. This survey is for people with disabilities, family members and/or caregivers.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ConsumersFamilyCaregivers 

Españolhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Consumidoresfamiliaresycuidadores

2. The second survey is for community partners, service providers, and stakeholders.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PartnersProvidersStakeholders

Español https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Aliados-en-la-comunidad

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Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC) is an advocacy, outreach, and education council that is responsible for the development and implementation of the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL), working closely with Centers for Independent Living (CILs). WASILC and the CILs are responsible for collaborating to create a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) every three years. The SPIL is a strategic plan that includes Independent Living (IL) goals and objectives, and the continuous development of the IL Network through the Independent Living Philosophy. To determine the goals of the 2020-2022 SPIL, WASILC and CILs hold public forums for consumers, community partners, and other stakeholders, to comment on and provide information on the experiences of individuals with disabilities in Washington State. One of the primary purposes of WASILC is to monitor, review, evaluate, and maintain the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The SPIL establishes goals and benchmarks for the IL services provided to all individuals living with disabilities in Washington State. To guide the SPIL, WASILC solicits continual public feedback on the effectiveness of IL services and the changing needs of the community.

The development of the SPIL not only includes input gathered from public forums but also the wider Independent Living Network, which includes the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), other state agencies, and organizations serving people with disabilities in the state of Washington.

Welcome to the Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC).

WASILC is a Governor appointed Council that empowers communities through advocacy, leadership, education and collaboration.  WASILC strives to achieve positive and effective solutions by promoting the Independent Living Philosophy.

What is the Independent Living Philosophy?

Independent Living (IL) is a philosophy and a movement of people with disabilities who work for self-determination, equal opportunities and self-respect. IL for people with disabilities means being able to live in the way you choose, with people you choose, and in the community of your choice.  It means having choices about who helps you and the ways they help.  It is about having control over your day to day life.

What is the WASILC?

As part of the 1992 amendments to the Federal Rehabilitation Act, each state needed to establish a State Independent Living Council (SILC). In Washington, former Governor Mike Lowry created the Washington SILC through Executive Order 93-04. Subsequently, the original Executive Order was amended by Governor Gary Locke in 2004. The WASILC currently operates under Executive Order 04-05.

WASILC consists of an eleven person Governor-appointed council and staff. The goal of the Council is to ensure Washington State delivers IL services that are community-based, consumer-controlled, and for all disabilities. WASILC advocates for these services to comply with requirements of the Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act while acting in accordance with the IL Philosophy.

The primary purpose of WASILC is to monitor, review, evaluate and maintain a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The SPIL establishes goals and benchmarks for the IL services provided to all individuals living with disabilities in Washington State. To help guide SPIL development, WASILC solicits continual public feedback on the effectiveness of IL services and the changing needs of the community. WASILC collaborates with Centers for Independent Living, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Services for the Blind, and many other stakeholders to better serve and advocate for individuals with disabilities.

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