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Welcome to the California State Independent Living Council Website

The SILC is an 18-member council, appointed by the Governor, to represent persons with disabilities throughout the state and charged with:

  • Determining the allocation of federal funds for independent living;
  • Advising the Governor and Legislature about issues impacting persons with disabilities in California;
  • Creating projects and moving forward ideas that will enhance the ability of people with disabilities to live independently;
  • Assuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws governing independent living.

All council members serve three year terms as volunteers. In July 1996, Governor Pete Wilson signed an executive order which established the SILC as an independent state agency.

View SILC's “A Passion for Freedom: The Birth of Independent Living” Video





Americans with disabilities are entitled to the same rights and freedoms as any other citizen -- including the right to dignity and respect in the workplace. Too often in our Nation's history, individuals with disabilities have been eager to work but could not find a job, facing red tape, discrimination, or employers who assumed that disabled meant unable and refused to hire them. This month, we recognize the significant progress our country has made for those living with disabilities, and we honor the lasting contributions and diverse skills they bring to our workforce.

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Many ways to Comment on the 2017-2019 State Plan for Independent Living

In person:  Thursday, June 23, 1 PM-3PM, Department of Rehabilitation room 169, 721 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA  95814 telephone line will also be available 1-866-718-9441, code 4147933.

Via Webinar Friday, June 24th at 1:30 PM
Go to CFILC's Webinar Configuration Room. Test and login with your first and last name. You may need to download the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher first before entering the meeting session (meeting.collab file).
Toll-Free: 1-888-453-4221

TWO COMMITTEE MEETINGS: Thursday June 2, 11 – 12:30 PM and Monday, June 20th, 10 – 11:30 AM via teleconference 1-866-718-9441, code 4147933.


TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE: 1-866-866-7452



SILC Comments on WIOA Notice of Proposed Rule Making Regarding Independent Living

CalSILC supports an IL network providing services in California’s 58 counties. We appreciate the chance to submit remarks and comments on the Independent Living Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to enable and support Californians with disabilities to live independently with quality of life in the spirit of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Act), as amended by the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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Visit the Flex Your Power Website

Energy efficiency and conservation information. Find incentives/rebates, technical assistance, retailers, product guides, case studies and more.

Save a child with AMBER ALERT

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Visit the Reporting Transparency in Government Website

Reporting Transparency in Government Logo Information regarding Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700 and Travel Expense Claim Forms readily available to the public.

Visit the Save Our Water Website

Save Our Water Logo. Save Our Water is a statewide public education program designed to educate Californians on the state's water challenges and encourage them to reduce the amount of water they use everyday.

Visit the California Recovery Portal

California Recovery Portal Banner This portal gives all Californians a breakdown, by issue area, of the funding California is estimated to receive from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Visit the WE Connect Website

WE Connect Logo. Designed to help California's working families become more financially secure by connecting them to important programs and resources.