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Who We Are


The Wyoming State Independent Living Council (SILC) believes and supports the independent living philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy, in order to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities and the integration and full inclusion of people with disabilities in the mainstream of American society.

The SILC strives to ensure that there is statewide representation by members who represent a broad range of individuals with disabilities from diverse backgrounds.

Our membership consists of representatives from each of the Centers for Independent Living Programs, people living with disabilities, community service providers, Protection and Advocacy and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.


Our Mission


People with disabilities are full, equal and active participants in Wyoming.


History

The SILC was established under the authority of Title VII Section 705, of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act as amended (P.L. 113-128).


Our primary purpose, together with the directors of the Centers for Independent Living (CILs), is to jointly develop, and sign the State's Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). Additionally, we monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the SPIL. We work with our two CILs concerning different independent living issues that affect the citizens of Wyoming living with significant disabilities.

Wyoming Independent Living (WIL) is the CIL that  serves the eastern half of the State and Wyoming Services for Independent Living (WSIL) serves the western half of the State. 

We coordinate activities with other state councils by having mutual liaisons serving on each other's councils. It is our hope that by sharing information, mutual issues which affect Wyoming citizens with disabilities can be addressed.

The SILC meets four times a year and all meetings are open to the public. Meeting times and locations vary and are advertised in newspapers statewide. Information is also on the "Upcoming Meetings" page.

Additionally, we provide periodic reports to the public and Federal government that describe the activities of the SILC.