News from the california state independent living council (silc) A wide array of domestic and global news stories; news topics include politics / government, business, technology, religion, sports/entertainment, science/nature, and health/lifestyle. Articles that appear in this section may be written in English or other languages, as well.

Nov 17, 2014, 17:27 ET

Art Guild and Independent Living Center Give Veterans with Disabilities Freedom to Express Artistic Talents

California has the highest number of veterans of any state in the nation with more than 2 million military veterans calling the Golden State home....

Oct 23, 2014, 14:46 ET

Gonzales Joins California State Independent Living Council as Legislative Specialist

 The California State Independent Living Council (SILC) is pleased to announce Desi Gonzales, J.D., has been hired as SILC's Legislative...

Oct 22, 2014, 17:00 ET

Connections Are Key For Independent Living Centers To Increase Employment Options For Californians With Disabilities

 For the first time since July 2008, the nation's unemployment rate dropped below 6 percent. While this is welcome news for many jobseekers,...

Sep 23, 2014, 10:00 ET

California's Independent Living Centers - Challenging The Misconceptions About The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing

 We often take our hearing for granted, but extending that to audism, the belief that hearing affords one a superior position to individuals...

Aug 27, 2014, 12:25 ET

Youth With Disabilities Sharpen Skills To Meet The School Year Head On

As high school and college campuses across the state gear up for the new school year, several Southern California students with disabilities are...

Jul 16, 2014, 17:23 ET

Embracing Diversity In Celebration Of The Americans With Disabilities Act

 If you listen carefully, you'll hear individuals, businesses and communities in Northern California joining together and embracing diversity...

Jun 10, 2014, 12:05 ET

Independent Living Centers Champion Olmstead Decision All Year Long

Fifteen years ago, the Supreme Court called upon the Americans with Disabilities Act as the basis for the Olmstead Decision, declaring that...

May 22, 2014, 12:08 ET

Independent Living Centers Provide Proven Alternatives for Individuals with Mental Health Disabilities to Live Well and Independently

Too often, individuals with mental health disabilities who are in crisis end up in mental health facilities, living on the streets or incarcerated...

Apr 23, 2014, 12:49 ET

Traveling Poses a Unique Set of Challenges for People with Blindness

 Getting from "here to there" can be challenging and require patience from most everyone. But for people with blindness or visual impairment,...

Mar 31, 2014, 12:22 ET

It's a "Family Affair" at Independent Living Centers for People with Disabilities and Their Families

Managing the daily challenges of life can be stressful and overwhelming. And for approximately 4.8 million people living with disabilities in...

Feb 20, 2014, 14:17 ET

Independent Living Centers Help Obliterate Obstacles to Aging with Disabilities in Rural Communities

As California baby boomers enter their senior years, many will face the unique challenges of living independently in rural areas. According to the...

Jan 22, 2014, 16:12 ET

Independent Living Centers Keep Ed Roberts' Vision Alive

In the mid-seventies, Ed Roberts, Father of the Independent Living Movement, was hired as a state director and asked if he was planning to become a...

Dec 17, 2013, 14:08 ET

Independent Living Centers - Matchmakers Making A Big Difference

To live a more independent life and remain in their homes, many individuals with disabilities require assistance to tackle daily activities such as...

Nov 13, 2013, 12:47 ET

Independent Living Centers View Partnerships As Key To Ensuring "No Wrong Door" For California Veterans Seeking Services

 California's veterans deserve timely access to services since they served us when we needed them most. Gateways to veterans services rely on...

Oct 07, 2013, 13:38 ET

Independent Living Centers "Equal To The Task" Of Increasing Employment Opportunities For Californians With Disabilities

 California currently ranks last in the nation for employing people with disabilities. Despite the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities...

Sep 10, 2013, 13:06 ET

Independent Living Centers Play A Vital Role In Helping Students Transition Out Of High School

Although school just started for the 499,275 California students enrolled in grade 12, as projected by the California Department of Education,...

Aug 08, 2013, 17:54 ET

Minor Home Modification Program Makes Major Impact

With a goal of making homes safer and more accessible and affordable for individuals living with disabilities to remain in their homes and connect...

Jul 16, 2013, 14:50 ET

Disability Organizing Network And Independent Living Centers Focus On Building Accessible Communities

 As the disability community prepares to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July...

Jun 13, 2013, 18:38 ET

Independent Living Centers: Furthering Olmstead Decision As Cost-Effective Coordinators Of Care

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California and a spotlight on managed care, Independent Living Centers (ILCs) have an...

May 22, 2013, 18:35 ET

Small Miracles Have Big Impact For Individuals Living With Mental Health Disabilities

 Just as physical disabilities can be an obstacle to living independently, so can mental health disabilities. With approximately 25 percent, or...