The purpose of the SILC is to promote the philosophy of independent living, including a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy. This will maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, as well as the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American society.
Our Centers For Independent Living…
History and Philosophy of the Independent Living Movement
“Several fundamental beliefs have been combined to establish the foundation on which to construct an independent living philosophy. These premises include the notion that each individual is different and unique; that people with disabilities are the most knowledgeable experts about our own needs and issues; and that programs serving disabled people should be designed to serve all disability groups…”
Who makes up the SILC?
All council members are appointed by the Governor and must reflect the diversity of Delaware with respect to age, disabilities, ethnicity, gender and geography. The majority of appointees must be persons with disabilities but MAY also include advocates, parents and legal guardians of individuals with disabilities, and other persons as appropriate.