The Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council (CSILC) champions the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life. We further this mission by strengthening Centers for Independent Living, advocating for change with elected and appointed officials, and educating the general public about independent living.


The Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council (CSILC)

  • partners with Colorado’s 9 Centers for Independent Living to ensure that every person with a disability in our state who wants to live independently has the resources to do so
  • promotes systemic reform to remove barriers to independent living
  • conducts research to inform policymakers and the general public
  • is a resource for people with disabilities and the communities in which they live
  • creates the state plan for independent living in collaboration with public and private stakeholders

Independent living is simply that—living in your own home, in your own community, and making your own decisions. Independent living is being in control of your own life, taking responsibility for your actions, taking risks, and either failing or succeeding on your own terms.

“Independent Living” means deciding one’s own pattern of life—schedules, entertainment, food, vices, virtues, leisure, and friends. It is the freedom to take risks and the freedom to make mistakes.

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  • We recognize the value of all people, and acknowledge their rights to dignity, freedom and inclusion.
  • We support a cross-disability, multicultural and disability justice perspective that promotes consumer control.
  • We believe that the application of independent living philosophy and the delivery of independent living services creates an environment that supports the potential of all Coloradoans.

Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. SILC meetings are held quarterly on the third Wednesday. 

See our Meetings page for complete information.

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