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Orientation to the ILRU SILC-NET "How-To Guide for Developing an Outcomes-Focused SPIL"

Presented by Richard Petty, Darrell Jones and Carol Eubanks, ILRU SILC-NET on March 11, 2010

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About the Training

The State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL), the document required for ongoing funding of the independent living program and legal blueprint for statewide funding decisions, is due for re-submission to RSA later in 2010 via RSA’s new Management Information System (MIS).

SILC-NET, in collaboration with RSA has developed an online planning guide as a technical assistance resource for states to use in developing the SPIL. This free webinar/teleconference is an orientation to the How-To Guide. The How-to Guide for Developing an Outcomes-Focused SPIL is available on the ILRU ILNET Wiki at: It includes pertinent regulatory citations, examples of SPIL narrative sections, and questions that can be used to ensure that the narrative sections include the required information.

Learning Objectives

Viewers will learn about:

  • features, tools, and resources on the IL-NET Wiki
  • resources that will help states improve the quality of the SPIL planning process
  • resources states can use to develop an outcomes-focused SPIL and to comply with RSA requirements

About the Presenters

Richard Petty is Program Director at ILRU - Independent Living Research Utilization. He directs the CIL-NET and SILC-NET, national projects providing training and technical assistance for centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. Before coming to ILRU, Petty served for ten years as Executive Director of Mainstream, an advocacy oriented center for independent living in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was a founding member of the Arkansas Statewide Independent Living Council.

Darrell Jones is program coordinator for the IL-NET at Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) where she has worked since 2002. She was the founding executive director of one of the first Title VII funded CILs in the country, Rochester (NY) Center for Independent Living. Subsequently she was the founding executive director of the Association of Independent Living Centers in New York where she led the successful effort to make CILs a state statutory program. Prior to her position at ILRU, Jones was training director at the National Council on Independent Living.

Carol Eubanks is an instructional designer at Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) where she develops and produces training curricula and supplemental materials for training and technical assistance for centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. She provides orientation, training, and consultation to IL-NET team personnel in the application of instructional design and the use of instructional technology tools in the delivery of instruction.

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Presented by SILC-NET, a program of the IL NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL NET is operated by ILRU, Independent Living Research Utilization, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).

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