News from DAC NW

Planning for the SPIL

Sometimes we all take the philosophy of independent living that the SILC promotes for granted. The truth is that even those that provide independent living services often need to revisit the philosophy to avoid supporting a system of dependence.

The independent living philosophy says that every person with a disability has the right to make personal choices of acceptable options and take risks just like everyone else, and then accept responsibility for their decisions.

Of course, we all depend on each other to some degree. What’s important is that we are able to freely choose those we share parts of our lives with and we determine our mutual levels of dependence. It’s mutual sharing that every relationship involves.  

 The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) is partnering with DAC-NW and other CIL’s  to gather information to develop the next three-year (2020-2023) State Independent Living Plan (SPIL).

The purpose of the meetings is to introduce the public to the SILC and their local CIL and explain what it is we do. And to help us understand the needs of Idahoans with disabilities regarding housing, job training, transportation, employment, healthcare, recreation, education, and community access.

The information gathered will provide an overview of services that work and those that are still needed, especially in rural areas. The current SPIL three-year plan can be viewed at https://silc.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2016/09/SPIL-2017_19-APPROVED_rsa-1.pdf

 

 


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