The Kentucky Statewide Independent Living Council logo.The Statewide Independent Living Council, known simply as the SILC, is a federally mandated, Governor appointed council where a majority of our members are individuals with disabilities.

Our SILC is required to:

  • Develop, monitor and review a state plan, in conjunction with our State Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), that addresses the independent needs in our state;
  • Develop and support a statewide network of Independent Living Centers, called CILs;
  • Submit periodic reports to OVR, as well as coordinates activities with the State Rehabilitation Council; and
  • Ensure that all regularly scheduled meetings of the SILC are open to the public and provide reasonable accommodations when requested within a one week notice.

State Plan for Independent Living

Our three year State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) is designed in partnership with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; and has overarching Goals to: 

  • Increase awareness of Independent Living Services to stakeholders; 
  • Increase the effectiveness of the SILC; 
  • Increase access to Independent Living services for Kentuckians with Disabilities; and  
  • Increase advocacy activities through education of stakeholders in order to increase access and integration.

2014 - 2016 State Plan for Independent Living
SPIL Approval Letter

Important Announcements

The following information is on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance available from the April 2015 storms in Kentucky. Please pass this information on to anyone who may benefit from it.
April 2015 storm survivors in Kentucky can register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for federal assistance by calling FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585, 711 or Video Relay Service 800-621-3362) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) or go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov​.
Survivors with disabilities who need help with the registration process or with an appeal can tell the operator what assistance they require. Survivors can also make a note in the comment box of their online application, describing the necessary accommodation. Another way to get help is to register online, then call the helpline to further explain the accommodation needed.
Assistance may be available to help replace disaster-related losses such as wheelchairs, dentures and hearing aids.
Money from FEMA is not considered income and is not taxed. It has no effect on Social Security or other government benefits.
The deadline to apply for assistance is June 30, 2015.

Upcoming Meeting Information

SILC Special Meeting
July 21, 2015
Location: Embassy Suites, Lexington, KY
SILC Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Location: Griffin Gate Resort and Spa, Lexington, KY
For more information:
Germaine O'Connell or Kari Skaggs:  800-372-7172 

Get Involved!

We are looking for new council members! 

If you would like to serve on the SILC, please review and complete the following documents:


Mail documents to:

Germaine O'Connell
275 East Main Street
Mail Drop 2-EK
Frankfort, KY 40621

Feel free to explore our website and email Germaine O'Connell if you should have questions.   

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