The role of WVSILC

The West Virginia 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 seven ex-officio non-voting members. A majority of the members are individuals with disabilities who are not employed by a center for independent living or by 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 on the first Wednesday of January, April, July, August, and October. All meetings are open to the public. If 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 about your needs and concerns.

Mission, Vision, Values

Mission - To ensure persons who have disabilities have access to community-based resources that promote personal choice and facilitate the achievement of their independent living goals.

Vision - To be a consumer-controlled council that is effective in leading a statewide independent living movement that empowers persons who have disabilities.

Values - The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council is committed to the following values: freedom of choice; diversity; respect for others; quality of life; equality; excellence; fiscal responsibility; self-reliance and self-sufficiency; and inclusion.