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 News and Events 

SILC Chair, Benita Lind meets with Andy Barr in Washington, D.C.  Dave Wickstrom of Independence Place of Lexington is present. SILC Chair Benita Lind and IP Director Dave Wickstrom meet with Rep. Andy Barr at his office in Washington DC. 

Scenes from the NCIL ADA March in Washington DC – July 2015

Parade for the ADA Rally in JulyAnother ParadeAdvocates show support during the paradeAdvocates march on! ​​​​

Upcoming Meeting Information

SILC Special Called Meeting
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 1pm
Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1600 Hackney Place, Lexington, KY 40511

SILC Quarterly Meeting - DATE CHANGED
Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 9:00am
Location: Embassy Suites, 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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