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The Massachusetts Statewide Independent Living Council (MASILC) is a Governor appointed Council. Members include persons who are knowledgeable about centers for independent living and the services they provide. The Council was established by Executive Order No.373 of William F. Weld, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on September 26, 1994. The Council includes representation of individuals with a range of physical and mental disabilities from the various geographic areas within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Council along with the Designated State Units (Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and Massachusetts Commission for the Blind ) jointly develops and submits the State Plans required in section 704 of the Rehab Act. It is also charged with monitoring, reviewing, and evaluating the implementation of the State Plan for Independent Living as well as Coordinating activities with the State Rehabilitation Advisory Council established under section 105 and other State Councils that address the needs of specific disability populations and issues under other federal laws. The goal of the Council is to insure provision of community-based, consumer-controlled, cross-disability services in compliance with requirements of the Title VII of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and in accordance with Independent Living Philosophy.
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SILC Quarterly MeetingIn accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter (30A.s.11a), notice is hereby given of the public SILC Quarterly Meetings of the Statewide Independent Living Council on our SILC Calendar page. For additional information or to request reasonable accomodations please contact 508-620-7452 (V/TTY).
The SILC supports the Massachusetts Independent Living Alert Network (MILAN). MILAN distributes various local, state and federal advocacy alerts. These email newsletters also disperse educational materials for the benefit of citizens of the Commonwealth. This list contains no advertising and all messages are available in a fully accessible text format. Having updated, accurate information is critical for effective advocacy.
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