Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council (AZSILC) is federally mandated and funded under the Rehabilitation Act. AZSILC is comprised of individuals appointed by the Governor. These Council members are Arizonans who have diverse disabilities and advocates for people who have 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 uphold the following values which guide their decisions and practices on a daily basis:
- Everyone 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 who have 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 who have disabilities;
- In involving people who have 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, disability, ethnicity, gender, and geography.
- The Council composition must include;
A voting majority of people who have 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 the CILs within the state, a director from a Center for Independent Living (CIL) located on Tribal Land, and a representative from the designated state entity.
- The Council composition may include;
Advocates of and for individuals who have disabilities, parents and legal guardians of individuals who have disabilities, representatives from organizations that provide services for individuals who have disabilities, representatives from private businesses, and, other individuals as appropriate
The mission of AZSILC is to promote equality, inclusion, and choice for people who have 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 conferences, expositions, summits, and advocates for systemic changes that exchange and or expand independent living programs and services