A National Training and Technical Assistance Project for SILCs 

SILC-NET provides information, training and technical assistance to statewide independent living councils to help them (1) operate effective organizations; (2) fulfill their role in developing state plans for independent living; (3) monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of completed plans; and (4) develop partnerships with designated state entities and other agencies to foster effective independent living programs. A companion project, the CIL-NET, serves centers for independent living.

The SILC-NET is a project of ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) in collaboration with NCIL (National Council on Independent Living), APRIL (Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living) and Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities.

SILC Training, Materials and Resources

  • On-location training, online courses, national webinars, individualized technical assistance, Web-based tutorials, training materials, fact sheets, electronic newsletters and social media pages, and other resource materials.
  • SILCSpeak, a monthly peer discussion group on the first Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern.
  • Publishing and continuously updating the ILRU Directory of Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs).
  • Surveys on topics of interest to centers for independent living (CILs) and statewide independent living councils (SILCs). Reports of these surveys can be found on this website.