Independent living emphasizes the idea that people with disabilities are the best experts on their own needs, and that they deserve to decide how to live, work, and take part in their communities.
The New Mexico Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is one of the federally mandated SILCs covering every state and territory of the U.S. It is authorized under the Title VII Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.
The SILC is consumer controlled, which means that the majority of its members are individuals with disabilities. It adheres to a philosophy of “independent living,” or empowerment of persons with disabilities to make their own decisions and life choices to the greatest extent possible.
As people with disabilities were released from nursing homes and institutions in the 1960s, Centers for Independent Living offered support, advocacy and information.