Established in 1992 by amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC) has 13 governor-appointed council members from Ohio’s disabilities community and 5 non-voting members from state agencies. The Ohio SILC is an independent agency created by the Governor’s Executive Order in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act that requires each state to establish a SILC to be eligible for federal funding under the Act. The Council is responsible for promoting the full access and independence of people with disabilities in the communities of their choosing. OSILC works to provide a statewide network of independent living services and supports so that people with disabilities can independently live, work, and participate in their communities.

Our duties include: the development, implementation, and monitoring of the State Plan for Independent Living, a three-year strategic plan for Ohio to work towards goals of greater access, inclusion and independence; coordinating activities with other entities that provide services similar or complementary to Independent Living Services, and conduct regular meetings of the Council that are open to the public.

We achieve our goals in working with the 12 Centers for Independent Living, working with state agencies in Ohio, and educating the community. Our role is not to provide direct services to individuals, but to help advance and develop Independent Living and the disability community in Ohio.

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