Mission, Vision, Values

Colorado State Capitol


Paving the pathways to full participation in communities for people with disabilities and supporting Colorado’s Centers for Independent Living.


The Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) envisions a Colorado that offers equal and full participation in professional and community life to all people with disabilities.


  • We believe in an independent living philosophy that allows individuals with disabilities to determine the type of support we need to live in and contribute to our community.
  • We recognize the value of all people, and acknowledge our rights to dignity, freedom, and inclusion.
  • We support a cross-disability, multicultural and disability justice perspective that promotes consumer control.
  • We believe the application of independent living philosophy and the delivery of independent living services create an environment that supports the potential of all Coloradans.


Colorado SILC’s mission, vision and values are built on the fundamental concept of the independent living philosophy, which challenges the long-held view that “people with disabilities need care from their community” to one of “people with disabilities can determine the type of support they need to live in and contribute to their community.”

Independent Living philosophy emphasizes consumer control, the idea that people with disabilities are the best experts on their own needs, having crucial and valuable perspective to contribute and deserving of equal opportunity to decide how to live, work, and take part in their communities, particularly in reference to services that powerfully affect their day-to-day lives and access to independence.  https://www.ncil.org/about/aboutil/

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