The commitment, vision, skills and abilities of our council members are the basis of success for the Washington State Independent Living Council. If you possess the passion, skills and commitment, we look forward to hearing and learning about your interest. We encourage you to attend a quarterly meeting, to contact our staff, or arrange a meeting with a Council member.
Please communicate directly with WASILC staff rather than the Governor's office, if you need any support with the application process. Please contact us at 1-800-624-4105.
The WASILC has 11 Governor appointed Council Members.
Who decides who serve on the council? WASILC reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Governor for appointment to the Council. The Governor appoints each Council member.
Members may serve two terms. Each term is three years. Second terms are not guaranteed. If a member is appointed to serve out the remainder of another person's term, they are still eligible to apply for two terms in their own right.
Serving on the WASILC does involve some time commitment. Members meet in person for at least four quarterly meetings in January, April, July, and October of each year. Meetings are held in various geographical locations throughout the state of Washington. Between Council meetings, members are expected to be a part of at least one WASILC subcommittee. Members are expected to participate in monthly sub-committee teleconference calls.
No, but council members can be reimbursed for accommodations that pertain to council functions.
The Council is obligated to follow all the laws, policies, and procedures established by the State of Washington regarding travel. The WASILC arranges and pays for airfare and lodging for travel related to Council business. Council members pay for fuel and food while in travel status, but are reimbursed for mileage and per diem based on State travel guidelines.
WASILC council shall be composed of members who provide statewide representation, have a broad range of individuals with disabilities from diverse backgrounds, and who are knowledgeable about CILs and IL services. WASILC strives for a broad range of individuals with geographic, disability, ethnic, gender, and advocacy diversity.
WASILC must have at least one director of an Independent Living Center chosen by the directors of Independent Living Centers within the state and Tribal representation from Federal or State Reservations.
Other council members should could include another a representative from an independent living center, parent and or guardians for individuals with disabilities, advocates for people with disabilities, private business, service providers for individuals with disabilities, youth, and other appropriate individuals. Ex-officio members are representative from state units of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Services for the Blind, and other agencies providing services for individuals with disabilities.