What is the SILC?
Members of the Statewide Independent Living Council of Alaska (SILC) are appointed by the Governor of Alaska. The majority of the SILC council members have disabilities (as federally required). We strive to have members from all areas of the state and are diverse in age, disability, ethnicity/race, and gender. The SILC is a not for profit organization (501 (c) 3); it is a consumer controlled, non-Governmental organization which develops, monitors and evaluates the federally mandated Alaska State Plan for Independent Living. The SILC promotes the independent living philosophy statewide, and provides support and technical assistance to the entire network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs).
The Statewide Independent Living Council of Alaska is committed to promoting a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy. We worked with our partners to increase accessibility and the integration of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of society.
Michael Christian is the Executive Director. He was a member of the SILC board from October, 2015 to January, 2019, before taking on the position of Interim Executive Director. He lives in Soldotna and has been a self-advocate and advocate for the disabled since 1994.
Kathy has been with the SILC for over a year. She is the person to speak with if you have questions or comments about the SILC or Independent Living.
The SILC works to ensure Alaskans with disabilities can live independently and are fully integrated into the mainstream of society.
Some of the issues we are currently working on include:
Enabling Technology and Home Modification Project.
Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Management.
Safe, Affordable, and Accessible Transportation as well as Housing.
Healthcare Access, including physical access and availability.
Lack of Mental Health Providers for those on Medicaid and Medicare.
Creation of the new State Plan for Independent Living.