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Expanding the Power of the Independent Living Movement

The 5th Annual SILC Congress -- 2002

January 6-10, 2002
San Diego, California

Elected SILC Congress Regional Representatives and Alternates

2002 SILC Congress Resolutions:
#1  Defining the SILC's Role in Emergency Management
#2  RSA: Immediate Disaster Relief Funding
#3  Suggested Rules of Order for SILC Congress
#4  EEOC To Add People with Disabilities to the EEOC-1 Form
#5  SILCs to Monitor Implementation of Olmstead
#6  SILC Responsibility for Advocacy
#7  SILC Support of a Fifth Core Service
#8  The Future of SILC Congress
#9  A Directive to the NCIL Reauthorization Subcommittee - Clarification of  "mental impairment" and codification within the Rehabilitation Act and operationalizing "significant disability" within the Rehabilitation Act
#10 Personal Assistant Services
#11  Protection and Advocacy Workforce be Consumer Directed and Controlled
#12  Collaboration With Existing Deaf Centers
#13-1  Policy or Interpretation Communication To and From the Departments of Education - RSA
#13-2  Conflict Resolution Utilizing the Resources and Involvement of RSA
#13-3  The Development of KASA (Kids As Self Advocates) Charters in Each State
#14  Informed Choice
#15  Olmstead Education
#16  SILCs should recognize the importance of Direct Care Workers in their States and Can Provide Technical Assistance States in Addressing Shortage of Qualified Direct Care Workers
#17  SILC Congress

Hosted by the IL NET training project of the Independent Living Research Utilization program at TIRR and the National Council on Independent Living.

Funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration 
 

 

Archives
Letter of invitation
Registration information
Congress Steering Committee

 


Newly Elected SILC Congress Regional Representatives and Alternates

Region 1
Rep - Brian Higgins - Maine - joshcham@agate.net
Alt - Ken Renaud - Rhode Island - kenren@ids.net

Region 2
Rep - Pat McShane-Collinge - New Jersey - pkmcs@aol.com
Alt - Stephanie Lawton - New York - nysilc@nysilc.org

Region 3
Rep - Ann Meadows - West Virginia - ann.meadows@wvsilc.org
Alt - Phil Pressler - Pennsylvania - phipre@earthlink.net

Region 4
Rep - Maris Burton - South Carolina - scilcdir@usit.net
Alt - Rocky Rothrock - Georgia - fasst@mindspring.com

Region 5
Rep - John Eckert - Illinois - silc@silcofillinois.org
Alt - Janeal Quinnell - Wisconsin - janealq@aol.com

Region 6
Rep - Amanda Montgomery - New Mexico - no e-mail listed
Alt - Charles Hoosier - Oklahoma - choosier@ipdc.net

Region 7
Rep - Kathy Hoell - Nebraska - khoell@home.com
Alt - Tim Azinger - Missouri - lifc@i1.net

Region 8
Rep - Gordon Richins - Utah - Gordon@cpd2.usu.edu
Alt - Kris Kleinschmidt - Montana- joekrisk@mt.net

Region 9
Rep - Kent Mickelson - California - cidbelmont@aol.com
Alt - Ken Jacuzzi - Arizona - kjacuzzi@worldnet.att.net

Region 10
Rep - Patrick Reinhart - Alaska - Patrick_reinhart@labor.state.ak.us
Alt - Cathy Baldwin - Washington - baldwcj@dshs.wa.gov

 

Officers elected on January 8, 2002:

Chairperson - Maris Burton
Vice Chairperson - Tim Azinger
Secretary - Ann Meadows
Treasurer - Kent Mickelson


Resolution #1: Defining the SILC's Role in Emergency Management

Whereas, the events of September 11, 2001 failed to recognize the impact on and needs of people with disabilities in a disaster relief situation; and

Whereas, over 8,000 people were treated and released from hospitals without being connected to long-term services; and

Whereas, countless people with disabilities were isolated due to communication and transportation barriers, displaced from housing, and denied access to health care and medication; and

Whereas, the needs of people with disabilities were ignored by the media, misunderstood by emergency management personnel, and under funded by charitable organizations; and 

Whereas, the media portrayed the "pity" stereotype perpetuated by politicians rather than focusing on stories of those who were successfully evacuated; and 

Whereas, SILCs and CILs are uniquely qualified and knowledgeable of the community capacity and needs of people with disabilities in the event of an emergency/disaster; 

Therefore, be it resolved that:  All SILCs will take the following actions, to be described in a written plan defining their role in emergency management/disaster relief for people with disabilities in their state:

  • Develop a template press release and public service announcements for distribution to statewide media markets.

  • Establish and nurture a relationship with the State's Emergency Management entity.

  • Ensure that an independent living advocate is actively involved in the State's development and the ongoing implementation of its emergency management/disaster relief program.

  • Establish an ad-hoc committee to review the State's emergency management policies and procedures as they relate to people with disabilities and make recommendations.

  • Assess the emergency management/disaster relief resources available within the statewide network of Centers for Independent Living, including but not limited to, dollars, volunteers, technical assistance, peer counseling, equipment loan, emergency shelter.

  • Provide the CILs with training and technical assistance to develop their own individualized disaster recovery plans.

  • Create a systems advocacy team that evaluates the status of local resources available to address communication, transportation, housing, health care/medication, personal assistance, benefits, equipment, sustenance, and other critical components of basic daily survival.

  • Assure that people who live in unserved or underserved areas are served via the nearest CIL.

  • Consider resource development of funds earmarked specifically for emergency management.

Respectfully Submitted by:

New York SILC
New Jersey SILC
Kansas SILC
Pennsylvania SILC
Ohio SILC

Unanimously Adopted
January 10, 2002


Resolution #2: RSA: Immediate Disaster Relief Funding

Whereas, the Manhattan CIL's service demand quadrupled as the result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack; and

Whereas, $75,000 in Title VII, Part B funds took 8 weeks to be processed as a contract amendment; and 

Whereas, $40,000 in donations came in over a period of 12 weeks; and

Whereas, $200,000 from the United Way took 6 rewrites of the proposal and 10 weeks to approve; 

Therefore, be it resolved that, RSA provide immediate access to funds, within 24 hours, to SILCs and/or CILs to meet the needs of people with disabilities in a disaster relief situation as described in the SILC and/or CIL disaster relief plan

Respectfully Submitted by:

New York SILC
New Jersey SILC
Kansas SILC
Pennsylvania SILC
Ohio SILC

Unanimously Adopted
January 10, 2002


Resolution #3: Suggested Rules of Order for SILC Congress

Whereas, The SILC Congress is growing in strength and membership, and 

Whereas, the SILC Congress has operated without written policy, or guidelines and without laws and rules there can be no foundation to build upon, and,

Whereas, the SILC has matured with powerful leaders,

Therefore, be it resolved that, a committee be established by the Congress to develop and institute Rules of Order for the SILC Congress; and

Be it further resolved that, the Rules of Order will be sent to all delegates within six months of the Recess of SILC Congress 2002.

Respectfully Submitted by:

South Carolina SILC
North Carolina SILC
Georgia SILC
Mississippi SILC
Florida SILC
Wisconsin SILC
Alaska SILC
Oklahoma SILC
Iowa SILC
Montana SILC
California SILC
 

Adopted January 10, 2002

Votes in opposition:  
Hawaii SILC
Maine SILC
Missouri SILC
Montana SILC
Louisiana SILC
Texas SILC
Wisconsin SILC


Resolution #4: EEOC To Add People with Disabilities to the EEOC-1 Form

Whereas, The EEOC-1 form does not include people with disabilities; and

Whereas, This form has assisted affirmative action; and

Whereas, the form has facilitated the employment of minorities and women; and 

Whereas, the EEOC needs to add people with Disabilities to the EEOC-1 form; 

Therefore be it resolved that, the SILC Congress will direct the Chairperson of the SILC Regional Representatives to send a letter to Jennifer Sheehee, in the White House, requesting an administrative order be issued directing the EEOC to include people with disabilities on the form.

Respectfully submitted by:

Brian Higgins, Executive Director
Maine SILC 
and
Seconded by the Arizona SILC

Unanimously Adopted
January 10, 2002


Resolution #5: SILCs to Monitor Implementation of Olmstead

Whereas, the Supreme Court ruled through the Olmstead decision that all states provide community options for all individuals with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting; and

Whereas, The President has signed an executive order for all states to implement the Olmstead decision; and

Whereas, systems need to change to facilitate implementation of the decision; and

Whereas, it would be a critical benefit to have an efficient, consumer based quality assurance compliance mechanism; and

Whereas, the spirit and intent of the Olmstead decision are fundamentally aligned with the principles of Independent living; 

Therefore be it resolved, that the SILC Congress send a letter to John Bridgeland, Director, Domestic Policy Council, requesting funding for State Independent Living Councils to monitor implementation of the Olmstead decision in their respective states thereby providing the Federal Government with an effective and comprehensive system of compliance.

Respectfully submitted by:
Region 1 SILCs--
Connecticut SILC
Maine SILC
New Hampshire SILC
Rhode Island SILC
Vermont SILC

Unanimously Adopted
January 10, 2002


Resolution #6: SILC Responsibility for Advocacy

Whereas, the Independent Living Movement is founded in the rich history of the Civil Rights Movement; and

Whereas, the civil rights we now embrace are the result of strong advocacy efforts by the very people facing discrimination; and

Whereas, people with disabilities makeup the majority of SILC membership; and

Whereas, a strong national support system for SILC advocacy exists through the SILC Congress and the National Council on Independent Living; and

Whereas, SILCs are responsible for statewide leadership to demonstrate the power of people with disabilities;

Therefore be it resolved, that all SILCs will engage in statewide and national systems change advocacy.

Respectfully Submitted by:  

Georgia SILC
Kansas SILC
Maryland SILC
Utah SILC
Missouri SILC
Iowa SILC
Nebraska SILC

Unanimously Adopted
January 10, 2002


Resolution #7: SILC Support of a Fifth Core Service

Whereas, Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act is based on a rich history of action, dignity and justice; and

Whereas, Independent Living is a progressive movement ensuring that status quo is not acceptable; and

Whereas, the current four core services; advocacy, peer support, information and referral and IL skills training have been the foundation of the success of CILs; and

Whereas, new opportunities have been created by people with disabilities such as the Olmstead decision, the Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Improvement Act, President Bush's New Freedom Initiative; and

Whereas, Living in the community with opportunities to embrace all that the community has to offer is vital to the fulfillment of these opportunities;

Therefore be it resolved, that a fifth core service, "deinstitutionalization", be added to Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act.

Respectfully submitted by:

Kansas SILC
Maryland SILC
Utah SILC
Iowa SILC
Missouri SILC
Nebraska SILC
 

Adopted
January 10, 2002

Abstentions:  Oklahoma SILC and Texas SILC


Resolution #8: The Future of SILC Congress

Whereas, SILC Congress for the past five years has demonstrated leadership in preparing and supporting SILC's to be strong partners in the Independent Living Movement; and

Whereas, SILCs recognize our partners as Centers for Independent Living and the National Council on Independent Living; and

Whereas, SILCs value CIL's as our community partners; and

Whereas, SILCs value NCIL as our national partner, recognizing that NCIL considers us as a valued partner evidenced by the creation of a SILC subcommittee, updating values, mission and by-laws and ensuring equality by giving qualified SILCs equal voting status;

Therefore be it resolved, that SILC Congress will be convened in even numbered years in a location chosen by the majority of states and territories; and

Be it further resolved, that in the alternate or odd numbered years that SILC's will convene and coordinate a one day SILC pre-conference in conjunction with the NCIL annual conference.

Respectfully submitted by,

SILC of Utah
SILC of Kansas
SILC of Nebraska
SILC of Missouri
SILC of Iowa
SILC of DC 
SILC of West Virginia

WITHDRAWN BY THE SPONSORS


Resolution #9: A Directive to the NCIL Reauthorization Subcommittee - Clarification of  "mental impairment" and codification within the Rehabilitation Act and operationalizing "significant disability" within the Rehabilitation Act

Whereas, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, defines "disability" to mean a "physical or mental impairment that constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment and/or substantially limits one of more major life activities"; and

Whereas, "mental impairment" has been operationalized to include "cognitive impairment" (as in the Section 704 Plan "pre-print") to the exclusion of other developmental disabilities, psychiatric or psychological disabilities and/or impairments and brain injuries; and

Whereas, "significant disability" has been operationalized to include "cognitive impairment" as an element of developmental disabilities or developmental disabilities as the accepted category, to the exclusion of severe and persistent mental illness and acquired and traumatic brain injury; and

Whereas, the operative impact of the application of  the terms "mental impairment" and "significant disability" is the exclusion of people from needed services and supports; 

Therefore be it resolved, that the Rehabilitation Act reauthorization shall clarify and codify psychiatric or psychological disabilities and/or impairments and brain injuries as "mental impairments"; and

Be it further resolved, that the Rehabilitation Act reauthorization shall clarify and reinforce that severe and persistent mental illnesses and acquired and traumatic brain injuries are and must be operationalized as "significant disabilities".

Respectfully submitted by:

Nebraska SILC
Region VII SILCs--
Iowa SILC
Kansas SILC
Nebraska SILC
Missouri SILC

Author:  J. Rock Johnson

Adopted
January 10, 2002

Abstentions:  Maryland SILC


Resolution #10: Personal Assistant Services

Whereas, personal assistant services have been conceptualized within the limitations of the "medical model" and are limited to bodily needs and functions as defined in Medicaid and/or elsewhere; and

Whereas, this customary and traditional concept does not include the flexibility nor the individualized wants and needs of persons with such mental impairments as cognitive, psychiatric or psychological disabilities and/or impairments and brain injuries; and

Whereas, personal assistance services must be provided on the basis of individually identified needs rather than a categorical disability determination; and

Whereas, independence is a process, not an event; 

Therefore be it resolved, that the definition of personal assistant services, wherever found, be modified, revised or replaced until it reflects a sufficient, flexible scope of services to meet the individualized needs of persons without regard to disability category; and 

Be it further resolved, that the overall process with regard to personal assistance services must be consumer defined and consumer controlled.

Respectfully submitted by:

Nebraska SILC
Region VII SILCs--
Iowa SILC
Kansas SILC
Nebraska SILC
Missouri SILC

Author:  J. Rock Johnson

Unanimously Adopted
January 10, 2002


Resolution #11: Protection and Advocacy Workforce be Consumer Directed and Controlled

Whereas, the Protection and Advocacy Systems of all states and territories are authorized by the Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individual's Act of  1986, as amended; Developmental  Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, as  amended; and Section  509 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, to  protect the legal and human rights of individuals with disabilities; 

Therefore be it resolved, that the SILC Congress recommend Protection and Advocacy Systems' workforce be consumer directed and controlled and comprised of not less than 33% persons with disabilities no later than the close of FY 2004 and 51% persons with disabilities no later than the close of FY 2005 and that progress toward such goals  be reported on the annual Program Performance Report (PPR) required by the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services commencing with Fiscal Year 2003 and that the Chairperson of the SILC Regional Representatives write a letter to Dr. Bernard S. Arons, Director, Center for Mental Health Services, requesting the above and that the Rehab Act subcommittee of NCIL address this in the reauthorization position paper.

Respectfully submitted by:

Nebraska SILC
And
Seconded by the Pennsylvania SILC

Author:  J. Rock Johnson

Adopted
January 10, 2002

Abstentions:  North Carolina SILC
Votes in opposition:  California SILC


Resolution #12: Collaboration With Existing Deaf Centers

Whereas, in the 55 states and territories that comprise the United States there are many Deaf and hard of Hearing Rehabilitation centers that are not under the Independent Living Centers; and

Whereas, there have been at least 20 Deaf Centers that have either closed or reduced their service components to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in recent history and other Centers face similar challenges; and 

Whereas, there are approximately 27 million people across the United States who consider themselves to be either Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Impaired or Deaf- Blind; and 

Whereas, approximately 1% of this 27 million are people who consider themselves a member of a distinct culture, whether they call themselves Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Impaired and/or Deaf-Blind; and

Whereas, this Culture consists of using American Sign Language (ASL) in its various forms, and people who base their world on visual and tactile access to information; and

Whereas; this group considers themselves a minority within the disabled and non-disabled community, because of the language and cultural barriers that exist in a world based on sound; and

Whereas, the independent living the independent living movement needs education concerning this particular minority group; and

Whereas, a collaborative effort is needed to assist the existing Deaf Centers; and 

Therefore be it resolved that, all SILCs will strive to obtain technical assistance and training from Deaf Centers regarding Deaf Culture and issues; and 

Be it further resolved that, SILCs will also work with Deaf Centers to provide technical assistance and training to Centers for Independent Living regarding language and cultural needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population; and

Be it further resolved that, SILCs begin and/or continue collaboration activities to develop partnerships with existing Deaf Centers that are in need of assistance in obtaining resources, experienced personnel, and access to sign language interpreters and assistive technology in order to access the world of sound.

Respectfully submitted by: 

New Mexico SILC (not present)
District of Columbia SILC
and
Seconded by New Jersey SILC

Author: Lisa McNivien, Treasurer/Secretary, New Mexico SILC

Unanimously Adopted
January 10, 2002


Resolution #13-1: Policy or Interpretation Communication  To and From the Departments of Education--RSA

Whereas, SILCs around the country are ultimately responsible for operating in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended (the Act) and the related regulations developed by the Department of Education (DOE); and 

Whereas, the DOE, through the office of Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is responsible for oversight and the enforcement of the implementation of the Act and related regulations; and 

Whereas, RSA has utilized the practice of responding to question from SILCs, Designated State Units (DSUs) and Centers for Independent Living (CILs) regarding the meaning, interpretation and /or intent any or all portions of the Act and its regulation through opinion letters written by various RSA Staff; and

Whereas, opinion letters of this nature carry no enforcement weight and can change depending on variables unrelated to the Act or the regulation and those changes result in the inconsistent application and enforcement of the law; and

Whereas, there currently is no nation-wide tracking of questions asked and RSA responses given; and 

Whereas, as RSA has asked for assistance from the SILC Congress in order to better fulfill its responsibilities to SILCs, DSUs, and CILs;

Therefore be it resolved, that SILCs, when seeking response from RSA on interpretation, policy or intent of the Act, such requests will be made in writing so that they are provided with a document tracking ID # within the DOE and will be posted on the ILRU Web site; and

Be it further resolved, that the written questions will include a request for RSA's response in writing in the form of a policy memorandum (pm) within 60 days; and

Be it further resolved, that the SILCs will maintain a copy of both their written request and RSA written response; and

Be it also resolved, that the SILCs will make copies of the above information available to all SILCs and the SILC Congress; and

Be it resolved, that the information will be shared through DIMENET; and

Be it resolved, that RSA will post policy memorandums on their website; and

Be it resolved, that an opportunity will be provided at the SILC Congress for participants to review a summary of the questions asked and responses given, prepared by RSA independent living staff, and discuss the impact or potential impact on IL in their state; and

Be it resolved, that the outcome of the SILC Congress discussion will be shared with RSA .

Respectfully submitted by:

Region V SILCs - Illinois SILC
   Indiana SILC
   Michigan SILC
   Minnesota SILC
   Ohio SILC
   Wisconsin SILC

Author:  Emma Lewis-Sullivan, State of Indiana 

Unanimously Adopted
January 10, 2002


Resolution #13-2: Conflict Resolution Utilizing  the Resources and Involvement of RSA

Whereas, the SILCs believe that many states have, over time, experienced significant difficulty with undue influence of the DSU, conflicts of interest, retaliation, inappropriate and inaccurate interpretation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended (the Act) and its regulations by state and local officials, untimely and inconsistent response from RSA, and violation of State Plans; and 

Whereas, the state of Indiana is currently the most volatile and visible example of the effects of such experiences; and 

Whereas, the Department of Education (DOE) through its office of Rehabilitation Services Administration is the enforcement agency of the Act;

Therefore be it resolved, that RSA shall provide appropriate and timely conflict resolution assistance to diminish the risk of undue control and influence by the DSU on the SILC and SPIL; and

Be it further resolved, that in the state of Indiana and other states and territories, as appropriate, RSA, with the assistance of qualified representatives of the Independent Living (IL) movement, will immediately take steps to adequately and appropriately identify mistakes made, implement corrective measures, and ensure compliance by the SILC, the DSU, and  state government with the Act and its amendments; and

Be it also resolved that, at the request of the SILC or CIL(s), RSA will hold face-to-face meetings with the appropriate parties within any state that is experiencing any degree of difficulty in the above listed areas.

Respectfully submitted by:

Region V SILCs - Illinois SILC
   Indiana SILC
   Michigan SILC
   Minnesota SILC
   Ohio SILC
   Wisconsin SILC

Author:  Emma Lewis-Sullivan, State of Indiana 

Unanimously Adopted
January 10, 2002


Resolution #13-3: The Development of KASA  (Kids As Self Advocates) Chapters in Each State

Whereas, The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, provides that State Independent Living Councils shall:

  • promote a 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 American society; and

Whereas, SILCs shall be comprised of qualified candidates which;

  •  provide statewide representation;

  • (i) represent a broad range of individuals with disabilities from diverse  backgrounds;
    (ii)  are knowledgeable about centers for independent living and independent living services; and
    (iii)  a majority of whom are persons who are-

      (I) individuals with disabilities interested in independent living policy and service delivery; and
      (II) not employed by any State agency or center for independent living.

Whereas, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, provides that SILC's shall maximize the cooperation, coordination, and working relationships among:

(1) the independent living rehabilitation service program, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and centers for independent living; and

(2) the designated State unit, other State agencies represented on such Council, other councils that address the needs of specific disability populations and issues, and other public and private entities determined to be appropriate by the Council.

Whereas, youth services are a specific independent living service designed and provided to individuals with significant disabilities1, and may include:

  • training to develop skills specifically designed for youth

  • promoting self-awareness and esteem, 

  • develop advocacy and personal power skills, and the 

  • exploration of career options; and

Whereas, Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) is a National, grass roots organization created by youth with disabilities for youth to educate society about issues concerning youth with a wide spectrum of disabilities.  KASA believes in supporting self-determination, creating support networks and proactive advocacy for all youth with disabilities in our society; and

Whereas, KASA empowers youth to learn how to advocate for themselves and others through better knowledge in areas such as school, health care, technology, and other current issues related to youth. 

Whereas, KASA has a board of directors comprised of 100 percent youth with disabilities; and

Whereas, KASA is working to establish charter organizations in states to further youth leadership development;

Therefore be it resolved, that SILCs shall empower the development of KASA charters in each state or territory of the Union, developing at least 5 charters by January 2003; and

Be it further resolved, that SILCs shall share their individual and collective knowledge on policy issues to further the capacity of KASA members in respective states; and

Be it also resolved, that SILCs shall commit to consider KASA as a state partner in implementing respective state plan(s) for independent living.    

Respectfully submitted by:

Region V SILCs

Author:  Scott Durren, State of Wisconsin
 

Tabled
After discussion and multiple proposed amendments, concern was expressed that further amendment may compromise the intent of the author.  The resolution was tabled with encouragement given for the author to revise and submit it for consideration at the 2003 SILC Congress.


Resolution #14: Informed Choice

Whereas, A majority of people with disabilities are uninformed of their rights and entitlements under Title I of the Rehab Act; and

Whereas, Employment is a key element to independence; and

Whereas, Individuals should have a choice in their career paths and employment opportunities;

Therefore be it be resolved, that the SILCs will meet with the DSUs and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors this year to advocate and incorporate the philosophy of informed choice in the Individual Plans for Employments; and 

Be it further resolved, that the SILCs will partner with the CILs to educate the DSUs and their Counselors in the independent living philosophy related to employment.

Respectfully submitted by:

Ramona M. McAleese Alaska SILC
Robert E. Coward, Washington D. C. SILC

Adopted
January 10, 2002

Abstentions:  California


Resolution #15: Olmstead Education

Whereas, The SILCs are state organizations that embraces the philosophy of home and community-based services; and

Whereas, The SILC promotes integration and  empowerment for people with disabilities In the least restricted setting appropriate to their needs; and

Whereas, President Bush has enacted the Olmstead executive order  to be implemented by each individual state in conjunction with all Federal Administrative Departments as promised in his New Freedom Initiative; 

Therefore be it be resolved, that the SILCs will promote, educate and partner with appropriate entities to fulfill the implementation of Olmstead; and

Be it further resolved, that the SILC Congress supports the passage of MiCASSA.

Respectfully submitted by:

Robert E. Coward Washington D.C. SILC
Ramona M. McAleese, Alaska SILC

Unanimously Adopted
January 10, 2002


Resolution #16: SILCs should recognize the importance of  Direct Care Workers in their States  and  Can Provide Technical Assistance States in Addressing Shortage of Qualified Direct Care Workers

Whereas, it is the role of the SILC to plan and oversee independent living service delivery to people with disabilities; and

Whereas, these services should promote independence for people with disabilities; and

Whereas, a significant obstacle to independence is the lack of qualified direct care workers; and

Whereas, significant obstacles to attracting and maintaining qualified direct care workers are due to lack of appropriate pay, benefits and standards; and

Whereas, direct care workers could greatly benefit from the support of the SILCs; and

Whereas, in many states there are agencies and/or organizations that are initiating efforts to address this issue; and

Whereas, the technical assistance the SILC can offer is significant;

Therefore be it resolved, that each state SILC shall show their commitment and support of the need to address the issue of qualified direct care workers by collaborating with agencies and/or organizations to address the shortage of qualified direct care workers.

Respectfully Submitted by:

Montana SILC
California SILC
Minnesota SILC
Arizona SILC
Louisiana SILC
Oregon SILC
Hawaii SILC
New Hampshire SILC
Nebraska SILC
Illinois SILC
Alaska SILC
North Carolina SILC
Arkansas SILC
Puerto Rico SILC
New Mexico SILC 
Oklahoma SILC 
Texas SILC
Colorado SILC
Utah SILC
South Carolina SILC

Unanimously Adopted
January 10, 2002


Resolution #17: SILC Congress

Whereas, the annual SILC Congress has achieved a five year record of success; and

Whereas, the SILC congress is the only recognized national activity organized, directed and supported by SILCs; and

Whereas, this event is worth continuing on an annual basis to allow SILCs to participate in an event that promotes excellence, leadership development, professional networking and continuing education; and

Whereas, this venue provides an excellent opportunity to address issues of national concern in a timely manner;

Therefore be it resolved, that:

  • the SILCs will petition the OSERS/RSA to support this event on an annual basis through a $50,000 training and education grant to be awarded to the host state.  Any other costs will be supported by registration fees and/or sponsorships.

  • these funds will provide logistical supports and all necessary fixed costs such as meeting rooms, speakers, accommodations, scholarships and conference materials.

  • any unspent funds from the SILC Congress will be carried forward for use by the host state of the congress of the following year. 

  • this Congress will be planned and directed by a steering committee composed of regional SILC representatives elected by SILC attendees at the national congress.

Respectfully submitted by:

Montana SILC
California SILC
Minnesota SILC
Arizona SILC
Louisiana SILC
Oregon SILC
Hawaii SILC
New Hampshire SILC
Nebraska SILC
Illinois SILC
Utah SILC
Alaska SILC
North Carolina SILC
Arkansas SILC
Puerto Rico SILC
Mississippi SILC
South Carolina SILC
New Mexico SILC
Oklahoma SILC
Colorado SILC
Texas SILC

Unanimously Adopted
January 10, 2002

 

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