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The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) is an independent, non-profit, state council that is required by federal law. Our primary responsibility is to work with state partners to develop, monitor and evaluate New York’s three-year Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The Council’s mission is to promote the independent living philosophy through the network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and statewide partnerships. We also strongly support research, education, employment, community organization, advocacy, and systems reform around disability issues.

NYSILC is in the process of seeking candidates to serve as potential volunteer council members appointed by the New York State Regents to three-year terms. The council is looking to fill a number of vacancies and terms that will expire at the end of the year. The council seeks membership with priority given to qualified individuals with various disabilities, further enhanced by diverse cultures, ages, and gender, geographically distributed across the State. Particular categories include parent/guardian, organizations serving individuals with disabilities, other appropriate individuals, and CIL representatives - with one having a working relationship with a Native American reservation.

Interested candidates should complete the application form in its entirety. This includes a copy of your resume plus two references with contact information. This information should be sent electronically to ensure equal access during the review process to by the end of business on Friday, June 19, 2015.

The recommendation and appointment process will proceed over the next few months. If you have any questions about the application, process, or duties of council members, contact the NYSILC office at (518) 427-1060, or Thank you for your interest in the council.

NYSILC News Briefs, Spring 2015:
Most Recent Blog Posting: “Chores” By Brad Williams, April 2015. “It is that time of the year. Time to buckle down and get busy. I’m not talking about spring cleaning – nor am I referring to the hours of yard work ahead of us after a long winter. Instead, in the realm of SILC-dom, it is a state plan year. READ MORE:
Recent Blog Posting: “On Recent Events…” By Brad Williams, December 2014/January 2014/2015. The African American community is protesting the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, looking for justice related to unarmed citizens killed by police. Read More
Archived Blogs: On every blog page archives are on the right side
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Disability activists disrupt Assembly proceedings, Albany Times Union, Posted June 11, 2014 by Casey Seiler, Capitol bureau chief in Health Care:
New York State Employment First Commission Report and Recommendations March 1, 2015  
Advocates Push For Better Employment Access for Disabled New Yorkers
By Capital Tonight Staff
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 09:00 PM EDT
Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers:
A Case Study on Inclusive Disaster Preparedness Planning in Upstate New York,   
Bridgit M. Burke, Albany Law School, January 27, 2015
Painful Lessons About Poverty and Disability, Huffington Post, By Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi , 2/18/15,
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2014 NYSILC FCM 111413  

   NYSILC Full Council - November 16th, 2014