Colorado’s Independent Living Movement needs you!

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Serving on the Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is a big responsibility, and it can be hard work mastering all of the technical details about funding streams, federal and state laws, and the complex network of organizations and agencies that serve people with disabilities. However, SILC is where the action is! The Council’s primary task is to create the Statewide Independent Living Plan (SPIL) and this document is what drives systemic change throughout Colorado’s communities. Council members determine funding allocations, and have wide latitude to develop and implement innovative approaches to independent living.

What do SILC members do?

As a SILC member, you have the opportunity to work with policymakers on all the issues that impact the lives of people with disabilities—housing, transportation, employment, and home and community based services. You are part of a statewide community organizing network that mobilizes disability advocates and activists. You also play a key role in educating and engaging the general public in the movement to build accessible, inclusive and welcoming communities throughout our state.

What is the time commitment?

  • Generally, there are four to six regular meetings annually, held in different locations around the state. These meetings usually last a full day.
  • The council uses a committee structure to accomplish its mission.  These meetings are usually held by conference call.
  • Developing the three-year state plan is an ongoing process that includes the use of surveys, outreach meetings, focus groups, attendance at conferences, and regular discussions with partnering agencies. Much of this work is accomplished by telephone and E-mail, but some onsite attendance may be required.

What do I need to know?

Check out “What Every SILC Member Should Know” but remember that you do not need to know all of this from the get go—Colorado SILC provides training, support and encouragement!

How do I apply?

A formal application is required and all appointments are made by the governor. We can help. To learn more about the council, you are invited to attend one of the upcoming meetings or contact staff to discuss an application. You can also study Operationalizing Effective SILCs, which provides a step-by-step guide to the inner workings of state councils and the creation of the three-year state plan.

If you are keen to join SILC, but not yet ready to commit to full membership of the council, we welcome your involvement on one of our committees. No formal application is needed, your contribution is valued, and this is a great way to learn more about the work of SILC.

The cost…

All travel and hotel costs, when applicable, are paid for by SILC with arrangements made by staff. Mileage and per diem are reimbursed.

Colorado SILC welcomes your creativity and commitment to Colorado’s Independent Living Movement!

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