The Washington State Independent Living Council’s (WASILC) annual recruiting process is underway. Do you or someone you know have disability-related experience and is committed to advocating for disability rights? The Council values your perspective and unique insight on the opportunities, challenges and barriers experienced by people with disabilities. If you are interested, please submit your application to the Governor’s office for consideration.
WASILC has four, two-day meetings per year (January, April, July, and October) in different areas of the state. Council subcommittees also establish work plans and meet monthly by conference call to coordinate their work. Prospective members should expect to commit about 6-8 hours per month to WASILC activities, such as reading and responding to emails, participating in subcommittee activities (generally via phone or zoom), and keeping up with what's going on in your communities and statewide. Expenses incurred due to travel and lodging for WASILC related activities are reimbursable.
WASILC is authorized in federal law under the Rehabilitation Act and in Washington State by Executive Order 04-05. All members are appointed by the Governor, with a mandate that individuals with disabilities comprise at least 51% of Council membership. The mission of the Council is to promote the statewide Independent Living Network supporting the Independent Living Philosophy for people with all disabilities through systems advocacy, education, planning, and collaboration.
If you need assistance or an accommodation to fill out the application, please contact WASILC staff at WASILC@dshs.wa.gov.