VT SILC Application

(note this form must be notarized)

Return your application form, including your narrative, to:
Tom Hamilton, Executive Director
P.O. Box 158
Worcester, VT 05682

If you would like further information, please e-mail [email protected].
Thank you for your interest in the Statewide Independent Living Council.

The Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council

Statement of Mission

The Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council exists to advance the equality with which people with disabilities enjoy, participate in and contribute to the lives of their communities, families, and friends.

Role of the SILC

The federal Rehabilitation Act requires each state to maintain a Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) to monitor programs that help disabled people live with independence and dignity in their own homes (as opposed to nursing homes or other institutions). In Vermont, as in other states, the 17 voting members of the SILC are appointed by the governor and the majority of them must be persons with significant disabilities. Collectively, they must represent all regions of the state as well as a broad spectrum of disabilities. The executive director of the Vermont Center for Independent Living is a voting member of the SILC; the directors of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired are non-voting, ex-officio, members.

The SILC develops and monitors the State Plan for Independent Living, awards grants for direct services, and advocates for programs and services that enable people to participate as full and equal members of their communities.