SILC Newsletter - Happy New Year!

For Immediate Release
January 1, 2020

Contact: Carrie England, Executive Director, State Independent Living Council (SILC).

SILC January 2020 Newsletter – Sharing Information Loud and Clear

In This Issue:

Message From The Chair

Ed Roberts Day

World Braille Day

Webinar on the 2020 Election Cycle

Save the Date for SILC Congress 2020


Message from The Chair

Independent Living (I.L.) Network partners,

With 2019 behind us, we at the State Independent Living Council (SILC) are excited about our new beginning as the organization’s long-time leader, Liz Pazdral transitioned out of her role and Carrie England transitioned in as the new Executive Director. We owe a huge thank you to the organization’s Executive Committee, committed staff and consultant Yvonne Walden for making this transition seamless.

This was a year of success in the independent living network, and our progress is due to your efforts. We thank you—our members, partners, and friends—for your tireless work and commitment to moving our cause forward.

In 2019 the SILC met a number of milestones:

  • Successful transition of SILC leadership;
  • Successful move to a new office;
  • Appointment of new SILC Council members and Ex-Officio Council members;
  • Successful completion of a Statewide Needs Assessment process with more than 660 stakeholders to identify advocacy and service priorities;
  • Successful completion the 2019-2020 amendment process for the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL);
  • Successful formation of workgroups who are meeting regularly to determine the goals for the 2021-2023 SPIL;


We enter 2020 with determination, optimism, and gratitude. In 2020, the SILC is well positioned and will continue to build upon its great legacy, working alongside our members, stellar staff and community partners, and pursuing our major goals. Together we will continue to work towards a more just, equitable, inclusive, and powerful Independent Living Network.

2020 will also mark the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and will serve as a time to reflect and celebrate. The IL Movement belongs to everybody with a disability. The SILC will aim to build our capacity and work with our partners to meet the need for advocacy, education, and activism that we believe will be critical over the next year. We are also encouraged by the opportunity to work with our new Governor in advancing long term services and supports for people across California.

We are incredibly fortunate to have such great partnerships with our independent living centers, designated state entity (Department of Rehabilitation), political leadership, non-profit organizations and corporations, universities, and people with disabilities throughout the state. As always, we thank you and appreciate your commitment to our communities, and we look forward to the upcoming year. Happy New Year!

Please feel free to reach out to me or SILC staff if you have any questions or need any assistance. The SILC is here for you.

In Unity and Solidarity,


Peter T. Mendoza

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