Statewide Independent Living Council
The ND Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) guides the development of the Independent Living system in North Dakota, through the active involvement of people with disabilities.
I. Mission and Purpose
This Council is established pursuant to Federal Public Law 95-602 Title VIII and North Dakota State Century Code Section 1. Chapter 50-06.5 governing the Independent Living Program.
The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) guides the development of the Independent Living system in North Dakota, through the active involvement of people with disabilities.
The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation recognizes that the advice and counsel of persons with disabilities is vital if the Independent Living Program is to be successful and responsive to the needs of the citizens of North Dakota.
The Purpose of the Council is to:
- Promote the Independent Living philosophy and movement.
- Provide input on the Independent Living needs of people with severe disabilities in North Dakota.
- Provide recommendations in the establishment of a statewide network of centers for independent living and the provision of independent living services.
- Identify resources and assess budget needs to support all aspects of the Independent Living program.
- Recommend ideas for research, training, legislative activities, and needs assessments.
- Jointly develop and submit, in conjunction with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).
- Monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the State Plan.
- Coordinate activities with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) and councils that address the needs of specific disability populations and issues under other Federal laws.
- Ensure that all regularly scheduled meetings of the Council are open to the
public and sufficient advance notice is provided.
- Submit to the Commissioner of the Federal Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) such periodic reports as the Commissioner may reasonably request, and keep such records, and afford access to such records, as the Commissioner finds necessary to verify such reports.