AZSILC is federally mandated and funded under the Rehabilitation Act. The Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council is comprised of individuals appointed by the Governor. These Council members are Arizonans with diverse disabilities and advocates for people with disabilities from across the state. The Council supports and oversees the work of AZSILC and participates triennially in developing the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) in collaboration with the five Centers for Independent Living and Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration. The Council then monitors, reviews, and evaluates the SPIL implementation.
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
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
The mission of AZSILC is to promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change.
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