The WV Statewide Independent Living Council was established under the 1992 amendments of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Council members are appointed by the Governor and include representatives from the centers for independent living, the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (WVDRS), and other state agencies that provide services for individuals with disabilities. The Council consists of twenty-four voting members and five ex-officio, non-voting members. A majority of the voting members are individuals with disabilities who are not employed by a center for independent living employees or a state agency. This means that the council is consumer controlled and directed, in keeping with the independent living philosophy.

The independent living philosophy is one of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy in order to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, and the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of society.

The Council meets bimonthly, on the first Wednesday of the even months of the year. Should you have an issue you would like the Council to address or if you would like to speak at a meeting, contact the SILC office two weeks prior to the scheduled Council meeting. The SILC values the input of individuals across the state and wants to know what your needs and concerns are.

For more information about the SILC, please contact:

P.O. Box 625
Institute, WV 25112-0625
304-766-4624 (voice or TDD)
304-766-4721 (fax)
1-855-855-9743 (toll-free)


Ann Watts McDaniel, Executive Director

Kathi Young, Office Manager

Lindsay Roberts, Program Assistant