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The Alabama State Independent Living Council is established under authority of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Each state and US territory is required to maintain a statewide independent living council (SILC). The Council and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) within the state develop a State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The SPIL is a document required by law that indicates how the independent living network is going to improve independent living sources for individuals with disabilities. It identifies the needs and priorities of consumers, providers, and other stakeholders and sets forth goals and objectives to respond to them.

Governor Kay Ivey designated the Alabama Department of Senior Services to serve as the Designated State Entity (DSE) for the SILC effective October 1, 2019. The DSE is the agency that acts on behalf of the State for the Title VII Part B programs and to Part C programs administered by the State under Section 723 of the Act. The general responsibilities of the DSE are:

  • To receive, account for, and disburse funds received by the State, based on the State Plan for Independent Living

  • To provide administrative support services and,

  • To keep required records and provide appropriate information to the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL).

Members of the Alabama SILC are appointed by the Governor to serve three-year terms. For a list of the current members, visit:

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