Smooth as SILC: An Introduction to the Duties and Responsibilities of Statewide Independent Living Councils Online Course

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About the Training

Participants will be able to discuss the duties and responsibilities of Statewide Independent Living council members, boards and staff.

Student Orientation

April 3 & 4, 2019

Course Level

This is an introductory course.

Target Audience

SILC executives, staff, and members. CIL staff and board may benefit as well.

Course Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the laws and regulations governing SILCs.
  • Describe the composition and duties of the SILC.
  • Describe how SILC activities are funded.
  • Discuss creative and innovative approaches to address the SILC duties.

The course utilizes a participant text and the Internet for participant interaction. The text is designed to provide sufficient background information to make it possible for all students to assume an active role in online discussions. The centerpiece of the text will be a series of scenarios and exercises, most of which will be assigned for discussion and debate. Additional readings and videotapes will be required to enhance the participant's understanding of the topic.


Participants will read assignments in the online course manual, complete exercises assigned by the instructor, and interact daily with the instructor and other students in an online discussion forum. Participants can access the course Web site at any time of the day or night. This can be done from any computer with an Internet connection. Participants should plan on spending 1-2 hours each day reading assignments, completing course work and participating in the discussion..


Ann McDaniel is the Executive Director of the West Virginia SILC with both a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.  Ann has worked in independent living since 1985, eleven years at a CIL followed by her current position. She has helped develop seven SPILs and a few SPIL amendments and has served as a peer mentor to eight other SILCs.  Ann has provided national, state, and regional training on the history and philosophy of independent living, the roles and functions of SILCs, SPIL development, strategic planning, measuring consumer satisfaction, the legislative process, advocacy, parliamentary procedure, the Rehabilitation Act, and a variety of other disability and independent living topics.

Additional Information on Taking an Online Course

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