Newsflash – The Clock is Ticking

Your Voice Your Plan

Act NOW to participate in the SPIL Needs Assessment Activities


The Survey closes October 31st!

Survey links 

FINAL Listening Session is scheduled for October 10th from 4 – 6 pm Join us via zoom and let YOUR voice be heard!

Registration link Your Voice Your Plan discussions


How can YOU be involved?????

The Delaware Statewide Independent Living Council (DE SILC) is developing their 3-Year Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). We need your help! We are looking for your thoughts on challenges members of the disability community face to live independently. Your ideas and experiences matter. We need your help to make this SPIL a success in supporting you.

The information that you share will guide the SILC in the work that we do with advocates and policy makers to create new programs and improve existing services for people who have disabilities. This will also help us gain a better understanding of how the programs and services offered by the independent living network in Delaware are providing support and resources for people with disabilities to live independently.

How Can You Help?

Attend one of the Your Voice Your Plan discussions and share your thoughts and ideas. Tell us where the SILC should be focusing its efforts.

Tuesday, 6/13/23, 1-3PM

Independent Living Center Leadership, Board and Staff

Tuesday, 7/11/23, 1-3PM

Community Advocates, Disability/Community Organization Representatives, or Service Providers

Tuesday, 8/8/23, 1-3PM

Caregivers/Direct Service Workers of a Person with Disabilities

Tuesday, 9/12/23, 4-6PM

Parent / Guardian / Spouse / Relative of a Person with a Disability

Tuesday, 10/10/23, 4-6PM

Public Forum for Individuals with a Disability



Another opportunity to share your ideas and to let us know what gaps exist in the service delivery system, is to complete the SILC SURVEY. Available beginning early May 2023 and open through the end of October 2023 online or in print format.

Participate in our survey - see the link below. If you have any difficulty taking this survey or need reasonable accommodation, please contact: Debbie Bain at
(302) 546-5657 or by email at

To secure a print version of the survey, contact Debbie Bain at (302) 546-5657

The SILC encourages you to participate in our SPIL needs assessment activities. The information you provide will assist us in identifying the key issues facing Delawareans with disabilities so that goals and an action plan to address these issues can be developed. Please plan to complete the Survey and attend the Listening Sessions.

We also welcome written comments should you wish to participate in the SPIL development process.  Written comments must be submitted before October 31st. Written comments should be sent with your name and contact information to OUR EMAIL ADDRESS

Questions? Need an accommodation to participate?

Don't hesitate to reach out to us by phone (302) 546 5657 or email

To promote consistency of comments received at the Listening Sessions, we request that you focus on the following key areas when submitting written comments.

  • Housing
  • Health Care
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Equality,
  • Benefits
  • Food Insecurity
  • Supports and Services
  • Access to Information, Supports, Services, and Technologies


The primary duty of the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is to develop the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL).  This is done in cooperation with the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) after receiving public input from individuals with disabilities, other stakeholders, and all segments of the public. The SPIL serves as a blueprint that encompasses the activities planned by the state to achieve its specified independent living objectives. It reflects the state’s commitment to comply with all applicable statutory and regulatory requirements during the three years covered by the plan.

A SPIL must reflect the needs of individuals with significant disabilities in the state. To accurately describe the complexity of the challenges and barriers encountered both individually and at the systems level requires a thoughtful, organized approach.  As we gear up for our next SPIL, due June of 2024, we invite YOU to participate in a series of needs assessment activities. 


Other Information:

To view the Current State Plan for Independent Living - Click here

Statutory Requirements

The SILC falls under Title VII, Chapter I, Part B of the Rehabilitation Act, as Amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, and Section 796 of Title 29 of the United States Code.  These laws mandate that the SILC performs the following duties:

  • Develop and submit the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) along with the directors of the CIL’s in the state.
  • Monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the SPIL.
  • Coordinate activities with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), and other councils that address the needs of specific disability populations and issues.
  • In partnership with the Designated State Entity (DSE), jointly develop and approve the Resource Plan for Independent Living Services. This attachment to the SPIL includes funding for all independent living services in the state, as well as the SILC.
  • Ensure that all regularly scheduled meetings of the Council are open to the public, and that sufficient advance notice is provided.