2017-2019 State Plan for Independent Living
The proposed 2017-2019 State Plan for Independent Living is now available for review and comment. After reviewing the plan you may submit comments in writing or by attending a public hearing. Click here to access the public hearing notice and for links to download the 2017-2019 Proposed State Plan.
The vision of the AZSILC is inclusive, accessible communities that value differences.
AZSILC Members/ Board of Directors and Staff believe in the following values which guide their decisions making policy and practice on a daily basis:
Every person has potential, innate talents, and abilities
In promoting the dignity, respect and inclusion of everyone
In acknowledging, respecting, and celebrating differences in people
Families can be effective advocates for adults and children with disabilities
Every person has a fundamental right to make their own choices in all aspects of life
Opportunities for independent living are essential to the well-being of people with disabilities
Involving of people with disabilities in the decision making process of community programs and services
The mission of AZSILC is to promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change.
All members are appointed by the Governor and must reflect the diversity of Arizona with respect to age, disabilities, ethnicity, gender and geography.
The Council composition must include;
A voting majority of people with disabilities not employed by a center for independent living or the state, at least one director of a Center for Independent Living (CIL) chosen by the directors of CILs within the State, at least one representative from a 121 project in the state and a representative from the designated state unit.
The Council composition may include;
Advocates of and for individuals with disabilities, parents and legal guardians of individuals with disabilities, representatives from organizations that provide services for individuals with disabilities, representatives from private businesses, and, other individuals as appropriate
Through its committees, AZSILC;
Conducts assessments of Independent Living programs and services
Facilitates community outreach, independent living forums, panels and workshops.
Collaborates in coordinating Independent Living conference, expositions, summits, and advocates for systemic changes that exchange and or expand independent living programs and services