Who we are


The vision of the AZSILC is inclusive, accessible communities that value differences.


To promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change


AZSILC Members/Board of Directors and Staff believe in the following values which guide their decision 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, and
  • 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 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 conferences, expositions and summits, and
  • advocates for systemic changes that enhance and/or expand independent living programs and services.