State Independent Living Council





The Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC) and Centers for Independent Living (CILs)
are requesting comment on the proposed 2020-21 State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).

Our SPIL can be viewed in:
PDF (www.wasilc.org/documents/SPIL 2020-21 Draft WASILC for Public Comment 05.2019.pdf) and; 
Word (www.wasilc.org/documents/SPIL 2020-21 Draft WASILC for Public Comment 05.2019.docx).

The comment period will be open from 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 thru 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019

The proposed State Plan draft was developed jointly by the WASILC and Centers for Independent Living, based on input from consumers,
disability advocates,  and community partners who participated in statewide public forums from September 2018 through December 2018. 
The proposed SPIL, once approved, will be in effect October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.

Comments may be provided by survey, email or mail, information below:

Survey: HERE https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YBXKWWH (English and Spanish)

Email: Nichole Kloepfer / Kloepnd@dshs.wa.gov

Please write (SPIL COMMENTS) in the subject heading, if emailing. 

Mail: WASILC Office / P.O. Box 45343 / Olympia, WA 98504

Contact us at (800) 624-4105 if you need assistance or an alternative format.


Welcome to the Washington State Independent Living Council (WASILC).

WASILC is a Governor appointed Council that empowers communities through advocacy, education, planning and collaboration.  WASILC strives to achieve positive and effective solutions by promoting the Independent Living Philosophy.

What is the Independent Living Philosophy?

Independent Living (IL) is a philosophy and a movement of people with disabilities who work for self-determination, equal opportunities and self-respect. IL for people with disabilities means being able to live in the way you choose, with people you choose, and in the community of your choice.  It means having choices about who helps you and the ways they help.  It is about having control over your day to day life.

What is the WASILC?

As part of the 1992 amendments to the Federal Rehabilitation Act, each state needed to establish a State Independent Living Council (SILC). In Washington, former Governor Mike Lowry created the Washington SILC through Executive Order 93-04. Subsequently, the original Executive Order was amended by Governor Gary Locke in 2004. The WASILC currently operates under Executive Order 04-05.

WASILC consists of an eleven person Governor-appointed council and staff. The goal of the Council is to ensure Washington State delivers IL services that are community-based, consumer-controlled, and for all disabilities. WASILC advocates for these services to comply with requirements of the Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act while acting in accordance with the IL Philosophy.

The primary purpose of WASILC is to monitor, review, evaluate and maintain a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The SPIL establishes goals and benchmarks for the IL services provided to all individuals living with disabilities in Washington State. To help guide SPIL development, WASILC solicits continual public feedback on the effectiveness of IL services and the changing needs of the community. WASILC collaborates with Centers for Independent Living, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Services for the Blind, and many other stakeholders to better serve and advocate for individuals with disabilities.

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