LA SILC Overview

Our Purpose

The State Independent Living Council (SILC) of Louisiana is a non-profit organization The SILC’s purpose is to promote the philosophy of independent living, including a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access and individual and system 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 Members of the SILC are appointed by the Governor, and are composed of individuals from all areas of the state of Louisiana who represent a broad range of individuals with disabilities from diverse backgrounds and shall be knowledgeable about Centers for Independent Living and independent living services.
Federal rules state the SILC membership must be comprised of a majority of individuals with disabilities, who are not employed by a Center for Independent Living or any State Agency.

Our Members are Governor appointed throughout the state.

SILC’s Policy Position Statements:

Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

SILC supports proposed policy and legislation aimed at eliminating all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation perpetrated against individuals with disabilities, both in congregate settings and in the community.

Disaster, Emergency and Crisis Preparation and Response

SILC supports proposed policies and legislation that ensure the safety and well-being of individuals with disabilities during natural disasters and emergency situations.

Economic Empowerment (Employment and Financial Literacy)

SILC supports proposed policies and legislation that aim to increase the economic empowerment of individuals with disabilities, including opportunities to secure and maintain competitive integrated employment, equal opportunities and having access to banking tools and institutions.


SILC supports proposed policies and legislation that aim to provide children and adults with safe, inclusive and accessible educational opportunities at all levels, public and private, including vocational schools, community colleges, and university settings.

Healthcare and Long-Term Supports/Services

SILC supports proposed policies and legislation at the state and national level aimed at increasing the availability of affordable and accessible healthcare, including community based long-term supports and services and mental/behavioral health and substance abuse treatment.

Housing and Transportation

SILC supports proposed policies and legislation that aim to increase affordable, accessible community based housing opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their ability to access transportation as independently as possible.

Community-Based Inclusion

SILC supports proposed policies and legislation that promote the advancement of community-based inclusion of all individuals with disabilities throughout their life and regardless of how or when they may have acquired their disability.


SILC supports proposed policies and legislation that aim to increase the autonomy, independence and self-determination of all individuals with disabilities, including providing this population with the necessary support so that they may make their own informed decisions.


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