About the Statewide Independent Living Council

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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.

The Purpose of NMSILC

  • Help develop, implement, monitor, and review the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL), a three-year plan for the provision of independent living services in New Mexico
  • Advocate for access, full participation, and self-determination in the areas of housing, transportation, home services, and recreational services that enable individuals to live independently
  • Create an outreach program to promote peer support, individual advocacy, and empowerment
  • Advise the governor, legislature, and state agencies regarding independent living issues
  • Collaborate with other disability service agencies and the State Rehabilitation Council
  • Develop independent living resources in underserved areas of the state

SILC Mission

The New Mexico Statewide Independent Living Council is committed to promoting a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy in order to maximize leadership, empowerment, independence, productivity and to support full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream American society. It is our mission to educate and advocate for policies, resources, practices, and attitudes supported by the independent living philosophy.