The list below includes basic information that each member of a statewide independent living council should know and understand to be an effective voting member of a statewide planning body.
  • The history of independent living related to and including the current Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 2014, particularly Title Vll.
  • The history of how centers for independent living developed in the United States.
  • The independent living philosophy; its tenets, principles, values and how it is practiced.
    The location, size, name, brief history and executive director of each center for independent living (CIL) in the state.
  • The designated state entity (DSE – the state agency designated in the SPIL) through which Title Vll, Part B funding (and Part C in 723 states) flows, its director, its staff related to Title Vll programs, and how to reach these individuals.
  • The state agencies providing services to persons with disabilities, their missions, general information about what they provide, and their relationships to each other and within state government.
  • The divisions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services related to people with disabilities and the names of the programs administered by the Administration for Community Living (ACL).
  • The state’s allocation under Title Vll, Part B and how such funds are being spent.
    The nature and direction of the state’s plan for independent living.
  • How the DSU (Designated State Unit – state vocational rehabilitation agency or blind agency) spends its Social Security Reimbursement Funds, particularly if such funding supports centers for independent living or independent living services within the state.
  • Amount of state funding for centers for independent living and how it is distributed to ClLs.
  • Any state laws written for creation, definition or maintenance of centers for independent living.
  • The definition, assurances, standards and indicators for centers for independent living.
  • The nature and direction of the state’s plan for vocational rehabilitation and how it relates to the state independent living plan.
  • The nature and direction of the state rehabilitation council (SRC) and its relationship to the statewide independent living council.
  • The roles, responsibilities, and authority of each member of the SILC.
  • The communication system established for effective functioning of the SILC.
  • The articles of incorporation (if appropriate), bylaws, or other tools of governance or policy guidance used by the SILC.
  • The individual members of the SILC, what they represent on the SILC, their offices or responsibilities, if any, and how to reach any member of the SILC.
  • The contents of the SlLC’s resource plan.
    The budget guiding SILC expenditures, the source(s) of SILC funding, and how such fiscal matters are managed.
    The staff of the SILC and how they relate to the SILC as a whole as well as individual members of the SILC.
  • How staff of the SILC are trained, supervised and evaluated.
  • The nature and funding for any SILC approved project funded under Title Vll, Part B or any state or other funding incorporated into the state plan for independent living (SPIL).
  • The basic concepts, definitions, and protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Material from Maggie Shreve, Organization Development Consultant (1994) and revised by Ann McDaniel from the WVSILC (2014).