MSILC plays an integral part in the independent living arena. A few services and/or duties which the Council members provide are as follows:
- Monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the State Plan for Independent Living;
- Coordinate activities with the State Rehabilitation Council and other councils that address the needs of specific disability populations and issues;
- Hold hearings and forums as needed to carry out the duties of the Council; and
- Other activities the Council may determine appropriate which are consistent with state or federal law and regulation.
State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL)
The purpose of the SPIL is to describe how the state’s network of independent living programs and services will meet the independent living needs of persons with disabilities in the state. The plan must address how federal, state and other funds will be used within the state to develop and maintain an IL program.
The Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council (MSILC) is conducting a survey to collect information about disability related programs and services that provide opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently in their community. The information collected will assess how those programs and services are meeting the needs of people with disabilities living in Maryland. The results will provide us with statistical and other information necessary to work with advocates and policy makers to improve existing services and help to develop new programs and will be included in a public report.