MOSILC envisions a Missouri in which people with disabilities live safely in the environment of their choice, are valued equally, and participate fully.
MOSILC advances independent living and the rights (civil and human) of people with disabilities, demanding consumer empowerment, control, equal access, and full integration.
The purpose of MOSILC is to:
1. Develop a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) through external input (Centers for Independent Living and Consumers), in cooperation with Vocational Rehabilitation (our DSE) which ensures independent living for Missourians.
2. Advocate for the accomplishment of the State Plan for IL objectives.
3. Monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the SPIL.
4. Be a statewide catalyst for independent living; supporting the CILs and advocating for disability rights and related issues. Gather and disseminate information, conduct studies and analyses, develop model policies, conduct training on independent living issues, provide outreach to unserved and underserved populations, and work to expand and improve independent living services in Missouri.
Membership – The council consists of a minimum of nine members and a maximum of 17 members. A minimum of 51 percent of the members must have significant disabilities. Members represent a range of geographical areas and disabilities. The governor of Missouri appoints the membership.
Meetings – The Statewide Independent Living Council meets quarterly (in February, May, August, and November) in Jefferson City and other locations around the state. Information on meetings, minutes, the SPIL, membership, etc., can be accessed on the SILC website or by calling the SILC. Meetings are open to the public and accommodations must be requested at least three days before a meeting.
Achievements – Since its inception, the Statewide Independent Living Council has:
-Established a network of 22 CILs in the state, which brings independent living centers within a reasonable distance for most people with disabilities.
-Created and maintains a comprehensive resource manual online to assist new centers in all phases.
-Collaborate and help plan ongoing annual training conferences for all CIL staff and board members, in cooperation with VR and RSB.
-Increased involvement of CIL staff in decision-making processes and committee membership.
-Established a website to inform the public of SILC activities.
-Instituted quality control measures through the use of outcomes measurement surveys.